|Baking for a better world|
Gourmet - 9/29/2011.By Molly O’Neill – It was just past 8 a.m. and Albie Barden’s well-pressed denim shirt was dotted with dark, indigo patches of sweat. It was nearly 90 degrees; nevertheless, Barden, an Episcopal minister and the founder of the Maine Wood Heat Company (a wood-burning stove and oven company) couldn’t stop himself. On the first morning of the fifth annual kneading conference in Skowhegan, Maine, he inched closer and closer to the blazing mouth of his newest mobile oven.
|As the earth turns: going global with perennial polyculture agriculture|
Common Dreams - 9/29/2011.By Robert Jensen – Wes Jackson spent the weekend at The Land Institute’s annual Prairie Festival talking up – with his usual precision and passion – the science and strategy behind plans to revolutionize the way we grow food using perennial polyculture grains. A leading figure in the sustainable agriculture movement, Jackson has been pursuing the science and tweaking the strategy for more than three decades.
|Food and climate change: the forgotten link|
Grain - 9/28/2011.Food is a key driver of climate change. How our food gets produced and how it ends up on our tables accounts for around half of all human-generated greenhouse gas emissions. Chemical fertilizers, heavy machinery and other petroleum-dependant farm technologies contribute significantly. The impact of the food industry as a whole is even greater: destroying forests and savannahs to produce animal feed and generating climate-damaging waste through excess packaging, processing, refrigeration and the transport of food over long distances, despite leaving millions of people hungry.
|Busting Monsanto’s ‘better’ broccoli|
Grist - 9/28/2011.By Andy Bellatti – Many of us are familiar with Monsanto the seed giant, but who knew the company was making a new ready-to-eat packaged broccoli? The new product is called Beneforté, and it quietly launched last October. This vegetable is not genetically modified (i.e. no pesticides were engineered into its genes), but rather a hybrid of commercial broccoli with a variety native to southern Italy.