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Sustainable for Whom?

The term “sustainable” gets a lot of buzz in food politics these days. The big complaint against, well, everything in how food is currently grown, transported, prepared and purchased is that whatever part of the food chain is currently under

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Posted in Culture, Economics, Food

Economic Context

This country has a long history of trying to micromanage the daily activities of people at the wrong end of the economic ladder. Social control is a popular political sport, and food politics are as (if not more) prone to

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Regulate the Poor

Right on cue, the LA Times has an article that focuses on a study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on how best to regulate the poor by figuring out how to micro-manage what someone using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

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Posted in Culture, Economics, Food, Health, Obesity, Politics

How Can You Regulate Food?

I’m going to try to keep sarcasm to a minimum in this post. I want to focus on exactly how food as such can be regulated. On purely practical terms, how could this work? My jumping off point is an

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Posted in Economics, Food

Whole Foods Nation

While I write a lot about food, health and obesity, this is first and foremost a political blog. I’m interested in excavating and interrogating the comfortable assumptions that get passed around in the US, turning into conventional wisdom, asinine legislation

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The Raw, the Cooked and the Half-Baked

There are many agendas and themes in America’s food politics. One major current, with various tributaries, is the obsession with “natural” and “healthy” foods, always presented as the counter-balance to “unnatural” and “toxic” food. It is time for some political

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Food Security

I’m chuckling over the news of the day. Variations on this headline, Cheaper Food May Be Fueling U.S. Obesity Epidemic, are all over. Societal body mass has increased because food is cheap to buy and easy to consume. In short,

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Posted in Economics, Food, Obesity

It Adds Up

I’m a little sorry to keep harping on the Fed Up “documentary” but it encapsulates so much of what is wrong with food politics in this country that it’s the gift that keeps on giving. The fun today is its

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Locovores

This post originally appeared on my old blog on October 18, 2010. It was my attempt to pull together thoughts about why something which would ordinarily appeal a great deal to me – supporting local industry and community by eating

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Dressing Recipe

Here is a recipe for a vinaigrette I’m using on the black bean, corn, edamame and grain salad we’re having for dinner tonight. It’s from Epicurious and is described “This marmalade-sweetened dressing is quintessential Bobby Flay, with bold flavors that

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