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Food Policy: Are You Still Shopping for Organics?

In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites Leah Douglas 37 comments

A new study out of Stanford University has been causing quite a stir—it found no explicit health benefit to consuming organic versus non-organic produce and meat. Has the study influenced your approach to eating organics? More

Meet Your Farmers: Don Lareau of Zephyros Farm and Garden

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Don Lareau and Daphne Yannakakis run a 35-acre organic farm on the Western Range of the Rockies in Paonia, Co. More

Meet Your Farmers: KayCee Wimbish and Owen O'Connor of Awesome Farm, New York

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Note: This week in Meet Your Farmers we meet KayCee Wimbish and Owen O'Connor two young (and awesome) farmers who are part of a blossoming organic industry in the Hudson Valley. [Photograph: Awesome Farm] Name: KayCee Wimbish and Owen O'Connor Farm: Awesome Farm in Tivoli, New York. How many acres? We currently lease 75 acres, but only use 30 intensively. The other 45 are for cutting hay and back-up grazing. We're looking for a new home base right now, so those numbers could change soon. Your crew: We hired folks to help us slaughter chickens this year. Dana Gentile and our our friends Jeff Bonhag and Tracey Potter-Fins logged a lot of volunteer hours. [Flickr: mizzell] What you grow: Grass... More

Breaking: Hope for Canned Pumpkin Shortage

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Though the pumpkin crop wasn't so hot this year and some have flipped about a potentially apocalyptic canned pumpkin shortage, Whole Foods says settle down. According to an email from a PR representative we just received, the store has plenty of their Whole Foods Market 365 canned pumpkin in stock, in fact more than normal. The organic pumpkin crop didn't hurt as badly since it didn't face the same issues with fungus and mold. But if you still can't find the orange stuff, here are some pumpkin pie alternatives.... More

Meet Your Farmers: Greg Massa of Massa Organics in California

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Note: This week in Meet Your Farmers, we get to know Greg Massa, a fourth-generation California rice farmer. Each week he brings delicious brown rice to nine Bay Area farmers' markets and is working toward building a sustainable farm model. [Photographs: Massa Organics] Name: Greg Massa Farm: Massa Organics What do you grow? Organic brown rice, wheat, almonds and now ducks. Ducks? We are selling our first 100 ducks at farmers' markets this weekend. The ducks live in the rice field and can help us with weed management. Ideally, the ducks should be able to feed themselves on the weeds and the bugs in the field. Weed management is no small feat when it comes to rice—it's our biggest production... More

Street Food Profiles: Green Truck in Los Angeles, California

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Note: It's time for another edition of Street Food Profiles. This week we scoot to the West Coast. [Photographs: Green Truck] Name: Green Truck Vendor: Bobby Allen Location and hours? Multiple locations around Los Angeles, typically from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Follow @Green_truck on Twitter for updates. The "Mother Trucker" burger: a homemade vegan patty with heirloom tomatoes, sprouts, and mixed greens, topped with "Trucker sauce." What do you sell? Organic, vegan-friendly food, including burgers, chicken burritos, Niman beef hot dogs, line-caught albacore tuna sandwiches, falafel wraps with tzatziki, fries, and fresh melon frescas. How long have you been street fooding? The company formed in 2006 and we've been rolling around Los Angeles since early 2007.... More

Riding the Eurostar for the Food

Kerry Saretsky 5 comments

"The menu fit in perfectly with my ideal of old-fashioned romantic trains." [Flickr: takaki] You know how you’re supposed to book your ticket in advance when vacationing? Way in advance? To pay less? I have a terrible confession—I wait. Well, I wait, on purpose, when I am traveling from London to Paris. [Other photographs: Kerry Saretsky] I wait, just long enough, because I play a game with myself. At a certain point on the Eurostar, the lowest fare tickets will soar in price but the leisure class stays the same, quite low in fact—only a couple of pounds more than the economy. That’s when I buy. Because, truth be told, of the food. I suppose being born in the 1980s... More

Book Giveaway: 'Clean Plates NYC'

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It's good to know which restaurants serve food on thoroughly scrubbed plates (but that's not what this book is all about). Clean Plates NYC is a guide to healthy eateries in Manhattan that skip chemicals and GMOs to serve locally-raised... More

No Beets Will Grow in the White House's Organic Vegetable Garden?

Ed Levine 50 comments

President Obama doesn't like beets, which means there may not be any beets growing on the White House lawn. While I am thrilled about the new organic vegetable garden, it seems Mr. President should get over his beet aversion. Give them another chance, man? More

New Year's Resolutions for the Eco-Friendly Eater

Erin Zimmer 14 comments

Don't waste money on organic bananas. Photograph from aphasiafilms on Flickr Since the gym memberships and swearing off junk food resolutions only last so long, U.S. News and World Report has some green, cost-effective tips for eaters in 2009. Buy organic, but since it's pricey, prioritize certain produce with less pesticide residue that's OK to eat when conventionally grown, such as avocados, bananas, and kiwis. Save your leftovers. Try eating sustainable sushi. Compost your waste. Got any other food-related wisdom for the new year?... More

Was Paul Newman's Greatest Contribution Organic Snack Foods?

Ed Levine 34 comments

Yesterday in the New York Times, Kim Severson reminded us that the late, great Paul Newman's contributions to the world of food go way beyond his epic fifty hard-boiled egg eating performance in Cool Hand Luke. Newman significantly impacted the world of food with his line of Newman's Own products. His salad dressing isn't half-bad, his lemonade is refreshing, and his dark chocolate peanut butter cups are the stuff of serious food greatness. What's your favorite Newman's Own food?... More

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