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It’s official: Food Trucks are no longer cool

Though I am a proponent of food trucks, especially as a way for small producers to start their business, I suspect they’ve seen their best days.  Why would I make such an assertion?   As of May 15th, the Starbucks Frappucino Truck hit San Diego and, as of today, has made its way to LA […]

Silencing ‘Ag-Gag’ Bills

I want to shed some light on an  appalling trend in legislation, that has emerged in the last 12 months: Ag-Gag bills.  I’m hoping that with a catchy name, people will listen and lobbyists won’t have a fighting chance of getting more of these nonsense bills passed. Basically, Ag-Gag is a term for any proposed […]

Myth: Vertical farming will save our food system

TRUTH:  It’s official – vertical farming won’t save our food system right now.  But it could in the future.  This week, the country’s largest vertical, aquaponic (soil-free) farm opened in Chicago, IL.  The process by which FarmedHere is growing plants (using the excrement of tilapia to create mineral-rich water that is cycled through stacked plant […]

Myth: Your spicy tuna roll is made from tuna

TRUTH:  This isn’t completely a myth but because there’s a 1 in 3 chance that your tuna is actually tuna.  From over 1,000 samples collected over the last couple years, a seafood conservation group, Oceana, has used DNA testing to prove that only about one third of the samples taken were properly labeled.  The most […]

Top Food, Nutrition and Wine Apps in 2013

I’m an iphone user and I have very few apps on my phone, mostly because I’m so overwhelmed with the choices that I can’t decide.  I need someone to tell me which I should use.  While I may not know the best games or media apps, I can form my own opinions about the food […]

Myth: GM crops require fewer pesticides than conventional farming

TRUTH:  One argument for the use of genetically modified crops is that by splicing in genetic material to deter pests, weeds or insects, the GM crops require fewer sprayed pesticides/herbicides/insecticides.  Using fewer chemicals means more environmentally friendly practices and safer food for human consumption.  It’s a great argument and, if enough research was done (and […]

Travel Nationally, Eat locally

Resolving to travel and explore new places more frequently in the upcoming year is a popular resolution.  As you might expect, I would suggest eating locally when doing so but let’s add another layer: eating the most commonly produced foods from a region.  Local is local is local, so why bother, you ask?  Simply not […]

5 ways the government could improve our food system (and health)

As you probably know, the US is at a fiscal critical moment.  One of the major discussions in this year’s election debates is what programs should or should not be cut from the federal budget.  The Farm Bill costs the federal government about $300 billion dollars – 15% of which (aka $45 billion) is spent […]

How Peru won my heart

If you know me personally, you know that Peru (and Machu Picchu) are on the top of my list of places I want to travel.  If not, maybe you’ve read other posts on my blog that aim to raise awareness about global food issues, particularly in the Americas.  Not that other places aren’t beautiful, as […]

Vindicating Venezeula

You don’t have to be a socialist to appreciate Hugo Chavez’s efforts toward achieving food sovereignty for his country.  Though a small country of about 29 million people, the government’s radical stance on agricultural independence outlined in Chavez’s 21st century constitution is finally starting to pay off. In the 1920’s, when Venezuela struck oil, they gained […]