Grande Americano, Extra Green by Jacob Leibenluft (Slate): I love Slate's Green Lantern feature, which analyzes in minute detail the environmental impact of small purchasing decisions. The results often indicate that our "green" choices are more closely tied than we expect to our cultural values and how we want to be perceived by others. Today's question: Mug or disposable coffee cup?
A New Breed of Fish Farming by Fiona Morrow (Toronto Globe and Mail): A British Columbia supplier is raising Coho salmon in tanks on land. Nix to the sea lice, ocean dead zones, antibiotics, and PCBs. The only problem is that the carnivorous fish still need to eat lots and lots of smaller fish, the stocks of which are being depleted, too.
The Facts About Corn Sweetener by Marion Nestle (SF Chronicle): The nation's foremost nutritionist explains the hard facts about high-fructose corn syrup, demonized by people like me. Yes: It's just sugar. No: It's still not good for you.
At Berkeley Bowl, the Nuts Are off the Shelf by John Glionna (LA Times, via SFoodie): The Berkeley market I consider to be America's best source for produce is also one of America's worst shopping experiences. Going there used to traumatize/excite me -- this is a place where even Michael Pollan gets publicly criticized for what's in his shopping cart. And now an LA Times reporter has written an article about it (truth be told, it feels a little overheated to me, but not that much). In a good show of that "liberal" Berkeley ethic, Glionna has received tons of hate mail and been banned for life from the Bowl.