IdiotPull: Compost Today! [Screenprinting with spices?!]
Cinnamon and Paprika. Sounds a bit sneezy.
Open Culture: Christopher Hitchens Names the “Best Scotch in the History of the World”.
Easy to get, but hardly the best. Sorry, Hitch.
Foodbeast: Canned Wine is the New Boxed Wine.
“No word yet on how the canning process will actually affect the taste, but we are definitely excited to give this a try.” Just … no. No. Not excited.
In These Times: Kaua’i Says No to GMOs.
Misleading title. Disclosure, not ‘no.’ And it’s a special case - “GM behemoths” (their terminology) use the island for year-round tests, and have clearance from the EPA for special pesticide use. If pesticides are truly dusting people’s homes, then this needs more action than just disclosure. I expect sprawl is happening, homes are encroaching on formerly distant fields.
MailOnline.UK: Before dogs became ‘man’s best friend,’ humans regarded them as ‘vermin.’
“The average hunting dog, he said, could bring in 40 pounds of meat every month.” And were decidedly delicious at the end of their productivity. Read Lewis & Clark’s journals.
SciAm: GMO Labeling, I-522, and Why This Debate Sucks for Progressive Scientists Like Me.
“If a scientist bombards a corn seed with radiation to introduce hundreds or thousands of mutations, and then selects for mutants with beneficial properties, that would not warrant a label, whereas a targeted insertion of a single gene would.” More within.
NotCot: ‘Breathable Tea.’
I did a double-take at ‘skin tea’ before my brain resolved to the obvious. Not enough caffeine this morning!
Bushel and a Peck Market.
Dixon’s was wiped out by the Las Conchas fire and the subsequent floods … they’ve up and moved to Wisconsin.
And yet I still see locals blogging about this year’s crop of “Dixon’s Apples.”
The Economist: Genetically modified food—Warning labels for safe stuff.
“At least 70% of the processed foods in American supermarkets contain GM ingredients.” So much argument over such a little bit of ink. Noone’s griping about the latest trend in labelling things ‘gluten free’. A lot more ink in ‘gluten free’ than ‘GM’. (To be fair, the GF label is probably a clear moneymaker, given the fad popularity of GF stuff.) I like having more information. I lean towards labelling because I bet folks will finally realize how ubiquitous GM is, and no longer care. For an average family, I doubt it is possible to avoid it and still maintain a reasonable food budget (unless you run your own farm).
There will be problems in the ‘healthy’ food sector. I’ll use energy/protein bars as an example. The majority of bars in that huge section at your local Whole Foods use soy protein isolate as the go-to cheap protein boost. More than 85% of US soy production is GM, and US Agriculture doesn’t differentiate GM/conventional during processing. How will protein bar manufacturers handle the fallout of truly accurate ingredient reporting? Will the public turn away from the huge protein bar market that is virtually drowned in low-cost GM soy protein isolate? Somehow, I don’t think so. It may drive a return to whey protein, which would be a shame. A mix of soy and whey proteins has been shown to be more beneficial than either alone.
Later: I should point out that soy, after processing into isolates, is so highly refined that no scientific test can detect any GM/conventional differentiations. So, for such a case, is GM labelling actually misleading? And yet, on the flip side of labelling/information, Mother Nature gifts us with peach, cherry, apricot pits and apple seeds containing cyanide. The dose a peach pit contains is not fatal for an adult, but deadly for a young child. You never feed a child a peach with a pit. Ever. Remove the pit, it’s safe. Yet we don’t label these — in anti-GMO parlace — ‘deadly foods’. Far more dangerous than any GM soybean.
New Mexico Mercury: KOAT picks up our Glyphosate story.
A couple of local news agencies quoting the infamous rat study. There are serious, serious doubts about this study … anyone quoting it at this date should be excluded from your RSS reading unless they point out the controversiality of the study. It’s not just pro-GMO folks who proverbially ‘smell a rat’ over this bit of research, but sustainable agriculture scientists as well.
CNN: Furloughed workers turn to food pantries.
I sincerely doubt Republicans are winning any voters this way.
Kotaku: Japan’s Straw Beasts Are Huge, Wonderful, and Highly Flammable.
Fantastic and fun.
CBC.CA: Stone Age hunter-gatherers lived beside farmers, didn’t interbreed.
Who lived longer, or healthier, I wonder? The farmers or the hunter-gatherers. Perhaps they fear to say - whole health/food niches could collapse at the news.
NBC: USDA threatens to shutter Foster Farms plants tied to salmonella outbreak.
Close ‘em down. Unless the government shutdown brouhaha ends.
Gizmodo: There’s a Massive US Salmonella Outbreak Amid the FDA Shutdown.
“Speaking to Wired, an official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went as far as admitting that his organization ‘will not be conducting multi-state outbreak investigations.’” My italic emphasis.
SF New Mexican: Bourdain spotlight sparks wider interest in Frito pie; sales boost at Five & Dime.
Ooooh, he dissed our Frito Pies. Them’s fightin’ words.
NotCot: Whisky Infused Jerky.
Using Highland Park 15? HELL YES.
Discover Magazine: An autopsy of chicken nuggets.
“Striated muscle (chicken meat) was not the predominate component in either nugget. Fat was present in equal or greater quantities along with epithelium, bone, nerve, and connective tissue.” AAAAAUUUGGGHHHHH. Gag. Ack. Blech.
ThinkGeek: Edible Bugs Gift Pack.
Mmmmm … crunchy and squishy.
AlterNet: Americans Are 110x More Likely to Die from Contaminated Food Than Terrorism.
“Since Sept. 11, 2001, foodborne pathogens have killed an estimated 36,000 people in the United States. During this same period, terrorism has killed 323 Americans worldwide. Imagine for a minute if food safety threats were marketed to the public in the same lurid fashion as terror threats.”
And yes, it’s an AlterNet link. Loaded rhetoric inside (‘industrialized agribusiness’, etc.). BS filters on full for possible side effects.
Bloomberg: The Futile War on Tipping.
WSJ: Arkansas Town Hosts World Championship Squirrel Cook Off.
“The dishes were a step up in sophistication from last year’s fare, which included squirrel jalapeño cheese poppers and minced squirrel brains with cream cheese in pastry dough.” The perfect link to follow a Shakespeare link, don’t you think?
Pricenomics: The Science of Snobbery.
SF New Mexican: Realburger takes top prize in chile burger contest.
“Realburger owner John Chavez, who purchased the eatery in 1985, said his award-winning burger featured a hand-packed, fresh, never-frozen, grass-fed Angus beef patty on a buttered-corn-dusted Kaiser roll, topped with roasted Hatch green chile, pepper jack cheese and an avocado aioli. ”
SciAm: Yeast—Making Food Great for 5,000 Years. But What Exactly Is it?
I always thought it was discovered via all that foot-mashing of grapes. You know … the early-hominid/toe-fungus connection. All those grotty feet stomping out the mash.