Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Healthy Fast Food

Grist reported earlier this week that the fast food industry is turning more and more towards fresh and healthy foods: Fast food companies understand that Bad Fast Food might be approaching its expiration date. Rather than clinging ever tighter to their fattening products like Coca Cola did, they’re remixing them. As one of the main [...]

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Overcoming the divides

“The ‘Food Movement’ is a movement of well-fed, affluent, liberal/left elitist Westerners who think with their emotions rather than their brains,” writes Huffpost “super user” under the screenname Cybernia. Cybernia is not alone in voicing this criticism. In Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability, the editors write, “[The food movement] consists of a group [...]

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Taste of Place, not quite to my taste

In Taste of Place: A Cultural Journey into Terroir, Amy Trubek looks at the definitions and manifestations of “terroir,” or the idea that one can taste the place in which a product was produced.  The term “terroir” is often used to describe flavors and varieties of wine, so Trubek appropriately begins with an examination of terroir [...]

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Marching in the face of status

Over spring break I joined the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in the last legs of their celebration of the New Day for farm workers, the 200-mile March for Rights, Respect and Fair Food. According to their website: The CIW is a community-based organization of mainly Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants working in low-wage jobs [...]

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Liberal libertarian vegetarians?

Have government subsidies in agriculture driven our food system in a failing direction? Should raw milk be legal? Do people have the right to know what’s in their food? If you answered yes to these questions, you are probably a supporter of the food movement. You also have a fair amount in common with Libertarians. [...]

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

An interesting approach to wasted food

I recently received an email with the following from the COMFOOD elist (which is sometimes worth the absurd amount of emails it bombards you with): “Former Trader Joe’s President Doug Rauch is in the news this week for his announcement that he plans to open an urban grocery in Boston (Dorchester) that sells foods that [...]

Monday, February 25th, 2013

I skinned a deer.

There, the title said it. I have been in closer contact with the meat I eat than most vegans or vegetarians have, but I still eat meat. And I’m here to talk about how I can be a proud female food activist and still eat meat, which is seemingly incongruous in some minds. For class [...]

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Breaking Down Boundaries with Global/Local Fruit

Ok, since this week’s topic for class is “Interspecies,” I’ll step away from Rockbridge for a moment here to talk about a paradox that has been the focus of my independent thesis research over the past months: global fruits gone local. Claude Levi-Strauss writes, “Food is good to think,” so I’ve been thinking tomatoes and [...]