Musing

In a recent editorial, the New York Times mused on a world where meat is grown in vitro in a lab. While acknowleding their “disgust” at the methods used by the modern meat industry in the U.S., the… Read More

Just in Time…

For Earth Day, author-activist Anna Lappe has launched a great new Website on the intersections between food and climate change, Take a Bite out of Climate Change. It’s chock-a-block with facts, ideas for action — including how and… Read More

New Food Lexicon: What’s in a Term?

Some new terms have been making their way into the increasingly intense debate about rising global food prices, their causes, and what on Earth to do about it. Yesterday, UNESCO released a report, four years in the making… Read More

Food Fever

Flash points over food are getting more common. In the last week or so, protests over food prices and availability have roiled Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Indonesia, Egypt and now Haiti, where already several people have died. Peaceful marchers… Read More

On the Frontlines

Animals and war may sound like a strange pairing: while we know from Jane Goodall’s research that chimpanzee groups do in fact go to “war” with each other, armed conflict is a distinctly human activity. Yet given our… Read More

Mercer and Meat

Not long ago, I heard a curious song penned by American standards wordsmith and singer Johnny Mercer. It’s called “Save the Bones for Henry Jones” and it seems to immortalize an omnivore-pescetarian-flexitarian-locavore-possible vegetarian. Not the usual subject of… Read More

Meat Miasma

The USDA has just announced the largest beef recall in U.S. history: 143 million pounds from a California slaughterhouse. A Humane Society of the U.S. undercover investigator documented egregious abuses of non-ambulatory or “down” cows here. Cows were… Read More

Message on a (Big) Platter

News about food’and its consequences’has been coming fast and furious. The World Food Program warns that demand for biofuels and meat is pushing up food prices, threatening more people in the global south with acute hunger. (See previous… Read More

Food Prices Rising, Developing Countries Most Affected

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is warning that rising food prices — largely the result of increased demand for “feed” crops for biofuels development and meat production — are putting low-income countries’ food security at risk. The… Read More

Global Warming Diet: Lose Weight, Help the Planet

U.S. Public health experts, including those at the Centers for Disese Control and Prevention (CDC), are looking at national statistics on obesity and other chronic diseases in light of climate change realities. And, they’re coming up with a… Read More