The Inquisitive Eater New School Food Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:30:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 For Farmers Without Land, a Long Island Lawn Will Do Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:30:22 +0000

Photo by James Estrin for The New York Times.

Turning front lawns into farms….

Jim Adams met his wife on a trip to Uganda a decade ago. Rosette Basiima Adams, 35, grew up in Kasese, a town, she said, where “everything we ate, we grew.”

“I went to see the gorillas in the Congo,” Mr. Adams, 42, recalled recently. But he left his tour group and ended up meeting Rosette, who was working at a hostel where he stayed.

Today, the couple are trying to grow a business cultivating crops on suburban lawns on Long Island. Their business, Lawn Island Farms, is the result of research and a desire to find a way to farm on the island.

Read on at The New York Times.

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Does Your Family’s Century-Old Pyrex Still Rule The Kitchen? Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:00:10 +0000

Via Morgan Mancha


On the history of Pyrex…

In 1915, an advertisement proclaiming, “Bake in a glass!” appeared in the pages of Good Housekeeping. Corning Glass Works in New York had created a product that allowed food to be mixed, baked and served all in the same dish. By 1919, 4 million pieces of Pyrex — a new, durable glassware — had been sold to customers throughout the United States.

Compared to modern kitchen items, vintage Pyrex — which is heavy, increasingly expensive and not dishwasher safe — doesn’t seem immediately practical. Yet people remain obsessed with the old Pyrex — not just to look at but to actually use.

Read on at The Salt.

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Eat, Love, Pay Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:29:26 +0000

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Saving the Hilsa fish in Bangledesh….

Hilsa are a little fish with a big place in the hearts of Bangladeshis. A species of herring, hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha), are auspicious enough to give as temple offerings or wedding gifts, and serve at traditional Bengali New Year’s Day breakfasts. In recent years though, overfishing, habitat destruction, and siltation has resulted in a decline in numbers of this long, silver, oily fish. Bangladeshis are concerned, and not just over the economic loss. A new study looks at the emotional, rather than economic, value of hilsa and finds that locals are willing to pay for its protection. It is the first study of its kind for Bangladesh.

Read on at Hakai Magazine.

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Worst Drought in 16 Years Threatens Food Supplies in North Korea – U.N. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:00:46 +0000

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Food shortage in isolated nation caused by severe drought….

North Korea is facing severe food shortages due to the worst drought since 2001 with food imports needed to ensure children and the elderly do not go hungry, the United Nations’ food agency said on Thursday.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said rainfall in key producing areas fell well below the longterm average between April and June and badly affected staple crops, including rice, maize, potatoes and soybean.

Read on at MSN News.

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The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia’s Iconic Peach Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:30:33 +0000

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On the peach’s ties to slavery…

During peach season, Georgia’s roads are dotted with farm stands selling fresh peaches. Year-round, tourist traps sell mugs, hats, shirts and even snow globes with peaches on them. At the beginning of the Georgia peach boom, one of Atlanta’s major roads was renamed Peachtree Street. But despite its associations with perfectly pink-orange peaches, “The Peach State” of Georgia is neither the biggest peach producing state (that honor goes to California) nor are peaches its biggest crop.

So why is it that Georgia peaches are so iconic? The answer, like so much of Southern history, has a lot to do with slavery — specifically, its end and a need for the South to rebrand itself. Yet, as historian William Thomas Okie writes in his book The Georgia Peach, the fruit may be sweet but the industry in the South was formed on the same culture of white supremacy as cotton and other slave-tended crops.

Read on at The Salt.

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Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé Accused of Complicity in Illegal Rainforest Destruction Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:00:08 +0000

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Major food corporations are responsible for major deforestation….

Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé have been accused of complicity in the destruction of Sumatra’s last tract of rainforest shared by elephants, orangutans, rhinos, and tigers together in one ecosystem.

Plantations built on deforested land have allegedly been used to supply palm oil to scores of household brands that also include McDonald’s, Mars, Kellogg’s and Procter & Gamble, according to a new report.

Read on at The Guardian.

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Sentencing Approaches for New England’s ‘Codfather’ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:00:45 +0000

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A follow-up on the Codfather…

One of the biggest fishing magnates in the country could be sentenced to prison this coming week, and the forfeiture of his boats could be a big hit for the Massachusetts port where he amassed a small empire.

Between his scalloping and groundfishing boats, Carlos Rafael – nicknamed “the Codfather” — came to be the largest single owner of fishing vessels in New England, and possibly in the country.

But in 2015, undercover IRS agents posed as Russian criminals and convinced him they wanted to buy his entire fleet. Rafael unpacked an elaborate criminal enterprise to the agents — one he said he’d been carrying out for three decades.

Court records show that Rafael valued his business at $175 million. He told the undercover agents the value came from the way he cheated the government quota system. Rafael’s men would haul in a more valuable fish — like cod — and report it as a cheaper species with a much greater quota. Now Rafael is facing prison time for counts including tax evasion and bulk cash smuggling — all of which he admitted to.

Read on at The Salt.


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Holistic Efforts are Making a Dent in Childhood Obesity Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:30:19 +0000

Via Civil Eats


On reducing childhood obesity…

When it comes to childhood obesity, it might just take a village. Or that’s the implication of a two-year, community-wide intervention in two low-income Massachusetts towns, Fitchburg and New Bedford, which took place between 2012 and 2014.

The effort focused on messages about: reducing screen time and soda consumption, replacing nutrient-poor foods with fruits and vegetables, increasing physical activity, and increasing sleep duration and quality at four levels (clinician, parent-family, organizational, and environmental) among low-income kids ages 2–12. And it resulted in small, but significant, reductions in obesity rates and increases in some healthy behaviors among some groups: In one of the communities, the prevalence of obesity dropped 2 to 3 percent among seventh-graders participating in the study, compared to control groups.

Read on at Civil Eats.

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Rise of Mega Farms: How the US Model of Intensive Farming is Invading the World Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:30:11 +0000

By Rob Stothard


On the increase of mega farms in the UK…

The US has led the world in large-scale farming, pioneering the use of intensive livestock rearing in hog farms, cattle sheds and sheep pens. There are now more than 50,000 facilities in the US classified as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), with another quarter of a million industrial-scale facilities below that threshold.

Around the world, developing countries in particular were quick to catch up. Intensive farming of livestock offers many advantages over traditional open ranges, not least economies of cost and scale, more efficient healthcare for the herds and flocks, and ultimately cheaper food. According to the UN, globally CAFOs account for 72% of poultry, 42% of egg, and 55% of pork production.

Read on at The Guardian.

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Can San Jose Revitalize Local Food And Farms In Silicon Valley? Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:30:27 +0000

Via Civil Eats


Rethinking the food landscape of San Jose…

San Jose, California is a sprawling city of contradictions. Once a bedroom suburb for San Francisco commuters, in recent years it has exploded to a city of more than a million people. Now San Jose serves as a home to both wealthy tech workers and working-class families sardined into whatever apartments they can find and afford. Its climate was perfect for apricot, cherry, and plum orchards and the canning factories that employed thousands of residents in the first half of the 20th Century, but those have long since been replaced with tech campuses.

With the idea that building up a local food system in San Jose would improve the city’s economy, community healthy, livability, and environment, the nonprofit Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) recently hosted a kickoff event for a report that details the state of the San Jose food system and offer solutions to create a thriving local food system.

Read on at Civil Eats.

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