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Guardian.UK: New York homeless shelters housing record-high 53,000 people per night.

The report blames the city’s homeless crisis on a combination of factors. It cites the ‘disastrous homeless policies’ implemented by then-mayor Michael Bloomberg; the city’s worsening housing affordability; and the growing income inequality gap.” Hard to believe it could be worse than the ‘80’s. The Franciscans did particularly good work in the ‘80’s. Their website.  What I used to do, going out to lunch, was to swing into a McD’s on my way back to the office and buy a ‘Happy Meal’ and hand it to a random homeless individual. I was never ‘attacked’, never insulted, always thanked.

03/13/14 • 10:41 AM • EconomicsFoodHome & LivingHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LRB: Bee Wilson reviews ‘Farmageddon’  and ‘Planet Carnivore’.

There are few signs that we genuinely want to eat less meat, or enough less to make a difference.

03/12/14 • 09:36 AM • BooksEnvironmentalFoodHealth • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Medium: How We Make Chocolate.

An ad, really, but an interesting one.

03/11/14 • 11:17 AM • FoodGeneralWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Animal protein-rich diets could be as harmful to health as smoking.

The apparently harmful effects of a high-protein diet might be down to one or more other substances in meat, or driven by lifestyle factors that are more common in regular red meat eaters versus vegetarians.”  Needs more research. From my reading, IGF-1 is the likely culprit, but research conflicts over whether protein from red meat is a direct influence. Dairy intake is pretty unequivocal. Plant-based proteins may actually reduce IGF-1. The elephant in the room is livestock supplementation; rBST gooses the IGF-1 in dairy products; jury’s out on meat itself. It would be very interesting to see them repeat this with organic foods. Overall, the studies need to be targeted better; comparing to smoking is purely to generate a knee-jerk reaction.

Later: Others noted the sensationalist, misleading nature of these stories.

03/04/14 • 04:09 PM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Big Picture: Your Broccoli Is Way Too Thirsty.

Rice, and orchards, are the biggest users of water … by a long, long stretch. This infographic is misleading.

03/04/14 • 10:32 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalFood • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: 1,000-Year-Old Teeth Reveal Diet and Disease.

Your mouth is like a battlefield of bacteria.” I had garlic in my meal yesterday; I woke up to Waterloo this morning.

02/27/14 • 11:36 AM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Economist: Banana diseases - Yes, we have no bananas.

Modifying the Cavendish is another, perhaps quicker, approach. Scientists at the UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency have bombarded plants with gamma rays; three of the resulting mutants have shown resistance in the laboratory to Black Sigatoka.” I’ll raise a hand here to point out, non-GMO crops are often created via chemical or radiation mutation. You’d suspect it would raise as big a stink as GM, but no.

02/27/14 • 11:19 AM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Real Shit - Organic Manure For Urban Farmers.

Offered, sans comment.

02/20/14 • 08:45 PM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalFoodNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Blok Knives: A professional handmade Chef’s Knife.

Gorgeous. Expensive, but lifetime guarantee.

02/14/14 • 10:32 AM • ConsumptionDesignFood • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mother Jones: Could This Baker Solve the Gluten Mystery?

You know, there’s a really great book that shortcuts all of this. The Breads of France. But use a baking stone, use a reliable thermometer in your oven, be sure to monitor your water temps while mixing, and keep records of what you do. I can’t enjoy gluten containing breads; please - enjoy them for me.

02/13/14 • 05:31 PM • Food • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: “Gluten Sensitivity” May Be a Misnomer for Illnesses to Various Wheat Proteins.

Mine is not celiac; however, my sensitivity requires avoidance of all wheat, barley, etc. products. Total bummer going out to restaurants, I have to tell you. Knowledge among establishments is growing, not fast enough. The derision factor - the fact too many non-sensitives are making a joke of the whole thing - makes it all the more difficult. I’d like the FDA or someone to put a basic set of rules in place before an establishment can advertise GF products. Separate prep surface. Sourcing of GF ingredients. That sort of thing. If you’re going to do it, do it right, so we can trust the wares.

02/03/14 • 11:15 AM • FoodHealthPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 027. Coffee.

365/2: 027.

I am an unrepentant cinnamon fiend.

01/27/14 • 06:11 PM • FoodPersonalPhotography • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Coffee in France is terrible - Why can’t the French brew a good cup of coffee?

If you think Paris is the capital of farm to table, think again. In fact, in a recent survey, one-third of French restaurants acknowledged serving frozen products that they had simply reheated.Quelle disaster!

01/26/14 • 10:48 AM • EconomicsFoodTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Giz: Why a Small Pennsylvania Town Is the Mushroom Capital of the World.

If you’ve never been, go. Find a place that serves mushroom soup. It’s a religious experience. And DO NOT MISS Longwood Gardens. Or Winterthur. You’ll be treading paths well-worn in my childhood.

01/24/14 • 12:25 PM • FoodHistoryPersonalTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

designboom: peleg design squeezes gulping yolkfish to separate eggs.

A little gross, but still cool.

01/22/14 • 12:33 PM • DesignFood • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Studio Segers: Concept, modular garden and … chicken coop.

Very attractive.

01/22/14 • 11:54 AM • DesignEnvironmentalFoodHealthHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Asahi Shimbun: Fish with very high levels of cesium found near Fukushima.

Concern, but not worry. Bream are an estuary/shore fish, I believe. Not an oceanwide roamer. Question is, how did this high exposure happen? Rather than trace the fish (doubtful efficacy), more exploratory fishing needs to be done to pinpoint the source. IMHO.

01/15/14 • 11:19 AM • FoodHealthScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Where Does Obesity Come From?

Hey, troll the aisles of Wal-Mart, Sams Club and other big-box food-stocking outfits. See what’s in folks’ shopping carts. The cheapest food is the highest in fat, carbs, sugar. Noone wants to go hungry. And in America, pills are supposed to fix everything. Even the fallout from eating low-quality food. Altering diet, as opposed to prescribing pills, still has the stigma of witchcraft among some medical circles (Admittedly, likely a Santa Fe perception. Docs here have to fight the new age/crystal healing sects).

01/14/14 • 04:24 PM • EconomicsFoodHealthHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Weezbo: Freeganism Movement in Canada.

Gluten-free need not apply.

01/11/14 • 01:59 PM • EconomicsFoodGeneralHealthTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Valet.: Small-Batch American Gin.

I’ve wondered about local makers. We’re certainly awash in juniper, here in NM.

01/10/14 • 10:28 AM • ConsumptionFood • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DesignSponge: Crystal Sykes’ sidecar.

Reference.

01/10/14 • 10:21 AM • FoodHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Wikipedia: Mutation breeding.

For the GM-concerned. Some of our ‘organic’ foods are developed using mutagenic, teratogenic chemicals and … wait for it … radiation. They are, to quote WikiP, “not prohibited by any nation’s organic standards.” Another information point.

01/08/14 • 01:04 PM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Horse slaughter industry attempt by New Mexico plant fails legal hurdle.

We loves our horses in NM. Bad choice of state for locating this plant.

12/19/13 • 03:53 PM • FoodGeneralHuman RightsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Brander: Ravinder Bhogal – Cook in Boots.

Check the videos at the bottom of the article … chocolate, raisin and brandy fudge? Where do I sign up?

12/18/13 • 02:26 PM • FoodMotion GraphicsPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Apple-a-day call for all over-50s.

Give me the choice between chocolate and an apple, I’ll always take the apple. As long as it’s a snappy, tart one.

12/17/13 • 08:37 PM • FoodHealthScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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