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The Atlantic: Selling the Desert’s Water-Conservation Lessons to the Rest of the World.

Sadly, unwisely, most of NM farmers still use flood irrigation.

05/28/15 • 10:25 AM • EnvironmentalFoodHistorySanta Fe LocalScienceTravel • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Radio signals puzzled astrophysicists for 17 years; solved.

Some long-term employee was opening a microwave oven while it was running.

I haven’t laughed this hard in at least a week.

05/05/15 • 02:58 PM • FoodScience • (5) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Zoku: Space Pop Molds.

Sold out? Dang. Reminds me of the Good Humor space pop.

04/28/15 • 09:58 AM • FoodHistoryPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

I love Epic Bison Bars ... but ...

This current batch is ... crunchy. Reminds me of a Thai “tendon salad”. I suppose they can’t all be perfect. Bleurk.

04/20/15 • 11:15 AM • FoodPersonal • (9) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: Sugar Alcohols - Good or Bad?

Erythritol for the win, here. If you MUST have teh sweet and want to dodge calories.

04/19/15 • 03:12 PM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Picky Bars Smooth Caffeinator.

Gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.” I don’t generally do ‘energy’ bars, but for biking, this might be pretty cool fuel.

04/17/15 • 01:27 PM • ConsumptionFoodPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Wine Snobs Are Right - Glass Shape Does Affect Flavor.

Different glass shapes and temperatures can bring out completely different bouquets and finishes from the same wine.” I imagine the same holds true for whisky.

04/14/15 • 12:32 PM • FoodGeneral • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Firebox: Cafflano Klassic ... All-in-One Coffee Maker.

Expensive, but might allow one to avoid the unholiest of beasties while travelling ... road coffee.

04/14/15 • 12:12 PM • ConsumptionDesignFoodGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research.

For heart disease specifically, in this article’s scope. For its anti inflammatory effect, there is good research available.

03/31/15 • 12:01 PM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

In These Times: Is There Anything Wrong with GMOs?

Everybody thinks patenting plant materials happened with GMOs, but it didn’t. It goes back to the 1930s. Farmers in the developed world have been buying seeds from companies for many, many years.” And, indeed, it is true. Other interesting tidbits within.

03/31/15 • 09:50 AM • FoodHealthHistoryLawPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Star Telegram: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found downwind from feedlots.

For years, scientists have known that people can contract antibiotic-resistant bacteria by consuming contaminated meat or water. Smith and Mayer’s findings indicate that humans could also be exposed to ‘super bugs’ or ‘super bacteria’ traveling through the air.” Close your windows, turn on that A/C, when you drive by feedlots.

03/30/15 • 05:22 PM • ConsumptionFoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) - Good, Bad or Downright Toxic?

If you personally feel that you react adversely to MSG, then you should avoid it. Plain and simple. But if you can tolerate MSG without any symptoms, then there doesn’t seem to be any compelling reason to avoid it.

03/19/15 • 02:19 PM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Popular Archaeology: Study Lends New Support to Theory that Early Humans were Scavengers.

Perhaps, if someone’s looking for a ‘literal’ paleo diet, they might want to copy coyotes. Scavenge and forage. Though one would think we’d have stronger digestive adaptations to handle bad meat.

03/16/15 • 10:50 AM • FoodHealthHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: To Kill a Chicken.

I suspected it was bad, but not this horrifying. “Think about that. If a naughty boy pulls feathers out of a single chicken, he’s punished. But scald hundreds of thousands of chickens alive each year? That’s a business model.”  My italics.

03/15/15 • 09:13 PM • ConsumptionEconomicsFood • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Beyond Resveratrol - The Anti-Aging NAD Fad.

How excited should we be about all this? If I were a middle-aged mouse, I’d be ready to spend some of the nickels and dimes I’d dragged off the sidewalk to try NR supplements. [snip] But the paucity of human data gives me pause. Nobel laureates notwithstanding, I plan to wait until more is known before jumping up from the supper table to run out for some NR.”  Wasn’t resveratrol proven to be a hoax? Or am I behind the times?

03/12/15 • 12:36 PM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Fruits and vegetables poison more Americans than beef and chicken.

Some of the processes farms have in place to clean produce actually trap bacteria in the plants, making them impossible to wash away. There are also types of bacteria that you simply can’t wash off, or the contamination happens in places you typically don’t splash with water, like inside the fruit or vegetable after entering through a core, opening, or bruise.

03/06/15 • 11:34 AM • ConsumptionFoodHealth • (6) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Hired Guns Creative: Baba Yaga Absinthe.

A guaranteed conversation-starter, surely.

02/17/15 • 11:40 AM • ArtsConsumptionDesignFood • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: Flying Star Cafe closes in Santa Fe, Bernalillo.

She said the higher minimum wage in Santa Fe is not a factor in the closing; the lack of foot traffic around the Railyard and the still-sluggish Santa Fe economy is.” The Railyard has not performed as promised. With Flying Star gone, how long will REI last? Will the Railyard return to abandoned hulks, once again?

Further, everyone keeps talking about how “#NewMexicoTrue” is revitalizing Santa Fe. I beg to differ. The campaign is bringing more people in aggregate - that is a success, certainly - but not the right demographic. Social media is not the best spot to engage the affluent tourists that Santa Fe requires. Gallery and store owners are not impressed. Lots and lots of foot traffic, uninspiring sales for the amount of people passing through. You need big spenders, not cheap-tchotchke-buying tourists who gawp at all the expensive artwork, take selfies, leave naught but footprints and a bit of wrapper from a bargain burrito.

It’s a terrible thing when you see a fine art gallery selling postcards, keychains and gag gifts to help pay the rent. $5.00 purchases next to $50,000 artworks. Just terrible. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

01/30/15 • 03:28 PM • EconomicsFoodGeneralSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

KRQE: Santa Fe diner named one of the best in the nation.

The Pantry.

01/28/15 • 01:26 PM • FoodNewsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Peas from Austria. Why?

I just noticed on my package of frozen peas from Trader Joe’s, that they are grown in Austria. Why, I wonder? Did California drop off the map? The breadbasket Midwest get consumed in a tornado? Florida, sink? How can this be economical? Like their Dutch tomatoes and other products, I just don’t get where TJ’s transportation costs are hidden. And I won’t even start on the carbon footprint.

01/27/15 • 05:11 PM • ConsumptionEconomicsFoodTravel • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Authority Nutrition: Phytosterols - “Heart-Healthy” Nutrients That Can Harm You.

Although eating phytosterols from whole plant foods is fine, it is best to avoid phytosterol-enriched foods and supplements like the plague.

01/22/15 • 07:11 PM • FoodHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Humans ate domestic dog, wild cat, fox and badger.

Shouldn’t surprise. Fluffy and Bowzer were fresh, self-maintaining protein one didn’t have to carry.

01/22/15 • 11:55 AM • FoodHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: ‘Safer GMOs’ made by US scientists.

What we’ve done is engineered organisms so that they require synthetic amino acids for survival or for life.” Plants as slaves? You know someone’s going to say it.

01/21/15 • 03:43 PM • FoodScience • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: 20 Wines for Under $20.

Reference.

01/16/15 • 04:18 PM • Food • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Sean Connery eating pasta, 1960’s.

Apparently some Scots don’t know how to twirl?

01/16/15 • 10:27 AM • EntertainmentFoodHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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