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Fed Up

It appears that May is food documentary month for me. I spent a recent Friday afternoon in a theater with Stephanie Soechtig’s film, Fed Up, narrated by Katie Couric and featuring an army of experts who are admittedly some of my food heroes. Armed with a resolve to stay objective and reminding myself to suppress…

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Farmland: Beyond American Gothic

If you see Tom Moll’s new documentary film, Farmland, you may learn a few surprising new things: – Farmers use iPads. – There are buildings in America that house 20,000 chickens. – Four people can manage a thousand-acre farm. What you won’t learn is anything significant about U.S. food policy, or about sticky subjects like the…

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Farm-to-Table: Right Next Door?

I’m intrigued by a piece in last week’s New York Times about a planned community in Arizona that features a working farm in the midst of a residential development. The development is called, perhaps a bit too adorably, “Agritopia.” On its face, this seems a pretty interesting concept. The development contains about 450 single-family homes…

March, 2014

Boston Local Food Trade Show

There are times when I fear that the “local food movement” is just an abstraction, not much more than a set of ideals that don’t pan out in real life practice. This week’s Boston Local Food Show went a long way towards putting some of my fears to rest. Sponsored by the Sustainable Business Network…

New FDA Food Labels – A Good Idea from Government (Really!)

While nothing that involves the plodding march of bureaucracy is ever simple, today’s FDA proposal suggesting changes to nutrition facts labeling is a very good thing indeed. New labels, if approved, will update serving sizes, make information about calories per serving and added sugars more visible, and clarify the recommended “daily values” of important nutrients.…

Massachusetts Cheese/Cider Pairings

As part of some ongoing work I’m doing with the Massachusetts Cheese Guild, I’ve had to do a lot of taste-testing. My recent research (arduous work, you know, but someone has to do it) led me to sample a few local hard ciders, which I love in the fall and winter. It seems that living…