Shortages seem to be a recurring theme in this week's food news:

Global Cocoa Deficit Increases by Charlotte Eyre (Food Navigator, thanks to Chow ):

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Homestead Chic, Biofuel Worries, and Other Food News

Shortages seem to be a recurring theme in this week's food news:

Global Cocoa Deficit Increases by Charlotte Eyre (Food Navigator, thanks to Chow): Actually, the shortage seems to apply to commodity chocolate, so I'm thinking Hershey's is sweating this issue more than Theo.

A New, Global Oil Quandry by Keith Bradsher (NY Times): Accelerated destruction of rain forests, rising corn prices, and now this. Does anyone still think biofuels are the solution to the oil crisis?

Despite Sam Mendes' advocacy on their behalf, grocery bags are going down. This week, both Whole Foods and China banned plastic bags. If you're readying yourself for the coming Seattle ban, these recycled-ad totes from local manufacturer Alchemy are beautiful and sturdy as hell.

The Do-It-Yourself Approach by Darry Madden (Boston Globe): The best of a couple of wintry stories out this week about families who are homesteading, eating food they grew all summer.

Lean Plate Club: Doctors Adding Ethnicity to List of Health Risk Factors by Sally Squires (Washington Post/Star-Tribune): Just when you thought your BMI of 26 made you a teensy bit overweight, now doctors are telling you that -- if you're Asian American -- you're clinically obese.

Bonus link #1: I'm not the only one seeking moral edification by witnessing an animal sacrifice. This week, Jamie Oliver asked all of Britain to do the same.

Bonus link #2: Believe it or not, this is part of why I became a cook.

 
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