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Fantasy Farming

So I was reading The Smithsonian today and came across this article, “Bringing the Farm to Your Backyard,” which is a somewhat tone-deaf account of a new market segment in planned suburban developments, Development Supported Agriculture (DSA). It basically encapsulates

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Paranoia, Purity and Profits

One of the deeply amusing aspects of food politics in America is how easy it is to identify anti-industry stances and market to them. There is pretty much no limit on how operations – from local food stands to multinational

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Aesthetics and Food

Right on the heels of my post earlier today, I come across this at Quartz, “One in six Americans are going hungry—ugly fruits and veggies may be the solution,” which addresses class bias in produce availability. It is an aspect

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Fetishization of Fresh Produce

“Eat your fresh fruits and vegetables!” is a message blared through American media. How can you object? Big piles of brightly colored, marvelous looking produce is the standard illustration for news articles on being healthy. I myself love walking through

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Episodes in Food Alarmism

So I’m perusing Quartz this morning and come across an incredibly ridiculous article, “There is a secret ingredient in your burgers: wood pulp” which purports to uncover the shocking, shocking, I tell you, secret that fast food, especially McDonald’s (this

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Food Regulation That Actually Helps People

While the food puritans howl about the presence of the reviled ingredient of the week in what we eat and try to impose punitive measures on consumers (taxes and food bans), actual food regulation in the service of protecting consumers

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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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Shopping at the Farmers Market

As promised, I went on a field trip to my local farmers market. It was fun and sad at the same time. I didn’t take pictures because I have no interest in putting the merchants themselves on the spot. It

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Food Fundamentalism

One of the most frustrating aspects of Fat Land Living is trying to deal with the pseudoscience and anti-modern tropes of Whole Foods Nation. Their determination to believe in the sanctity of Nature and the irredeemably corrupt world of modern

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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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