Archive | November, 2014

Enough to eat | MOON Shine

“As in India in 1950, Africa today is a major food exporter. No French market would be complete without cut flowers, coffee, lobster, citrus fruits, and salad greens from across the Mediterranean. The total value of food aid coming in is less than the value of one of the smaller market segments—vegetables—going out. … Africans are hungry not because there is no food, but because there is no entitlement to […]

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Cynthia Gallaher | Oats, Brown Rice, Cranberries and Figs

Oats: The Last Grain When cool, misty hands passed over wheat and barley fields, a few stray oats pushed up a “V” for victory waving at farmers, as if to say, “What about us?” Taking them for weeds, farmers took them down but slowly noticed oat had a grain of its own, perhaps of meager use in the stalls or henhouse. If the last becomes first, how come oats ended […]

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Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin | Folks, this ain’t normal

NO CIVILIZATION has ever been in this state of environmental ignorance. In previous eras, people who lived in an area had to be intimately aware of their surroundings and viscerally involved in rearing and preparing food for the table. But in recent decades, in our culture, putting food on the table has not required any knowledge or involvement except how to scan a credit card, open a plastic bag, and […]

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Nick Johnson | A modern proposition

MORE THAN ONE-THIRD of adults in the United States (78.6 million people) can be considered obese, defined as at least thirty pounds overweight. As of 2009 not a single state could meet the rather modest goal of an obesity rate of only fifteen percent. Current projections say that by 2018 obesity-related health problems will cost the American healthcare system around 344 billion dollars every year, and that by 2020 the obesity […]

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