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Continuing on with the ten best from half of the World’s Fair, as noted earlier, this is a reprint of a post that first ran in January 2009. I had a lot of agro-food posts, many of them about Food Miles, but picked just one from that category for this list (and this one not…

Questioning Sustainable Eating

I mean that title in the positive sense of critique, like Kantian critique, intended to question so as to make better. I made note last month of a project some students here were doing, called “Is It Possible to Eat Sustainably at the University of Virginia?” This was the prompt: Four Students set out to…

Coming off of Ben’s recent hat tip to the paper published at PLoS (“The Progressive Increase of Food Waste in America and Its Environmental Impact“), I was reminded of some great artwork by Marc Trujillo. I first heard of this artist by reading a nice profile of his work at a newish online literary journal…

In “A hill of beans,” The Economist reports that “the average American wastes 1,400 kilocalories a day.” For those who would argue for industrial solutions to our food and agricultural problems because ‘how else will we feed the world?,’ I would argue that we first tackle problems of waste. Over-consumption leads to the problem of…

“Urbanites Learn the Primal Lure of Hunting” If you hunt a meal right beyond your backyard, well, that’s the fewest Food Miles you’re going to find. If you’re not a hunter, well, someone ought to teach you. If you’re urban or, let’s just say it, bourgeois, then isn’t this all so fun? The New York…

Wendell Berry in Charlottesville

Let’s call this a public service announcement: Wendell Berry will be visiting the University of Virginia in early December. He is the first in a series of four speakers for U.Va.’s Brown College Visiting Environmental Writer and Scholars (ViEWS) Lecture Series, 2009-2010. (As it happens, Rebecca Solnit, the subject here, is the third speaker in…

Is It Possible to Eat Sustainably at the University of Virginia? Eating sustainably requires (a) that you come to some resolution about what “sustainable” means, (b) that you have the opportunity to choose so-defined sustainable foods, and (c) that the constraints of your lifestyle, geography, and socioeconomic context make it possible for you to pursue…

Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm is about a half hour from Charlottesville, give or take. His local prominence preceded the Omnivore’s Dilemma bump of ’06 and continues on after. Jane Black, the food writer for the Washington Post, wrote last year about the Chipotle franchise’s decision to use Salatin’s pigs as the sole source for their…

Differences tabulated. In columns. And marked by me. I’ll start above the fold with an excerpt: The main distinctions are between a system that tends toward domination and one that strives for harmony; between that which seeks to specialize and that which promotes diversity; between promoting competition and seeking community and cooperation; and between that…

How to Read a Food Label

In a post a few weeks ago, I included links to some current and recently passed legislation on food, food safety, and food labeling. One of them, H.R. 875 — a bill “To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services” — has a particular devotion to “science” and “science-based”…