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Michael Pollan will be on NPR’s Morning Edition tomorrow: I’ll be on NPR’s Morning Edition, talking about the new Secretary of Agriculture, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. What can I say? It’s a good day for corn. Less good for us eaters, perhaps. Perhaps the most disappointing thing about this morning’s press conference is that…

KRISTOF: Obama’s ‘Secretary of Food’?

In today’s NYTimes: As Barack Obama ponders whom to pick as agriculture secretary, he should reframe the question. What he needs is actually a bold reformer in a position renamed “secretary of food.” A Department of Agriculture made sense 100 years ago when 35 percent of Americans engaged in farming. But today, fewer than 2…

Secretary of Agriculture petition

If you agree with this petition, sign it: Dear President-Elect Obama, We congratulate you on your historic victory and welcome the change that your election promises to usher in for our nation. As leaders in the sustainable agriculture and rural advocacy community we supported you in record numbers during the caucus, primary and general election…

Michael Pollan – Serious Sustainability

In this weekend’s New York Times: Farmer in Chief :’ Dear Mr. President-Elect, It may surprise you to learn that among the issues that will occupy much of your time in the coming years is one you barely mentioned during the campaign: food. Food policy is not something American presidents have had to give much…

Offal is Good

The offal refers to…. ….those parts of a meat animal which are used as food but which are not skeletal muscle. The term literally means “off fall”, or the pieces which fall from a carcase when it is butchered. Originally the word applied principally to the entrails. It now covers insides including the HEART, LIVER,…

Apparently yes: Freshwater Farm Ponds Turning into Crab Farms: North Carolina’s native blue crab population has been at historic lows since 2000. Dr. Dave Eggleston, director of NC State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) and professor of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, looked at various methods for helping the population recover. He hit…

In today’s Grist – Politics and the Dinner Table: Weighing Obama’s and McCain’s stances on food and farm policy: In the end, Pollan is likely right: Whatever the candidates are saying now (or not saying at all), events may require the 44th president to deal with food issues in ways that break radically with past…

Food Scene in the Triangle

A lovely article in Bon Appetit about the food scene in Durham and Chapel Hill – here are a few short snippets: America’s Foodiest Small Town: Imagine a place where foodies not only have a favorite chef, but also a favorite farmer; a place where the distance between the organic farm and the award-winning restaurant…

Thomas Friedman lecture at Duke University

From SCONC: Monday, Sept. 22 5:30 – 7:00 PM Lecture: “Hot, Flat and Crowded” New York Times columnist and Pulitzer-Prize winning author Thomas Friedman will discuss his new book on the technology needed to address the energy and climate crisis and how America can be a leader in the “Green Revolution.” Information: Karen Kemp 919-613-7394…