A few highlights from my weekly review of the literature:
Bringing Moos and Oinks into the Food Debate by Kim Severson (NY Times): Animal rights groups are learning to show their softer side--and getting more results. So spraypainting rich ladies' furs wasn't effective?
True Colors: New Hybrids, New Shades by Tracy Ilene Miller (Culinate): Forget the glow-in-the-dark bunny and the tomato that could be shipped around the world. Farmers are growing novelty crops that have been naturally bred to come in krazy kolors.
Mulchblog Analyzes the 'Reformed' Farm Bill The Environmental Working Group, who maintain a farm subsidy database and are tracking the subsidy side of the 2007 Farm Bill, look at the Democrats' "tough stance" on millionaire subsidy-earners and finds that it only affects 3,000 farmers. (Thanks, Ethicurian.)
Bark if You Like It by Emily Matchar (Chow): A new canine cookbook gives dog
owners companions personal chefs yet another way to go OCD. Coming soon: Online support groups for companions of picky eaters. Bonus link: Paw-lickin' pizza.
The Localvore's Dilemma by Drake Bennett (Boston Globe): Great story. For those of you who don't pore over eco-foodie blogs, there's been a huge debate lately over whether local foods actually use more energy to produce and distribute than far-away crops grown and shipped in bulk. New studies suggest that, duh, it all depends on the season.