A few food news stories from the world of journalism:
Charcuterie: Will It Stay or Will It Go? by Sue Riedl (Toronto Globe & Mail): Sure, there are differences between the Canadian meat-inspection system and ours, but this article raises some interesting points about the future of artisanal salumi in North America.
Baby, That's Good by Bonnie Benwick (Washington Post): A renewed focus on feeding babies freshly prepared real food. Of course, this being America, we have to take these ideas to the extreme; the article profiles a hotel chef who's arranging for an organic garden to supply him with ingredients for baby-food room service.
Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna on Verge of Collapse by Tom Philpott (Grist): Well, after years of warning diners about the overfishing of bluefin tuna, it's finally happening -- our appetite for sushi is killing off an entire population. Remind me why the animal-rights movement is so focused on foie gras?
Feds Pay Farmers to Till Arid Land by Garance Burke (Washington Post): Finally, a combination of the recession and a long-term drought are causing lawmakers to rethink the wisdom of subsidizing water-intensive crops in California and Arizona. The AP estimates that the USDA gave away $687 million over the course of the past two years to farmers growing things like cotton and rice in areas where those crops don't belong.
Straight to the Superbug Supersource by Bonnie P. (Ethicurean): An interview with Maryn McKenna, author of the forthcoming "Superbug: The Rise of Drug-Resistant Staph and the Danger of a World Without Antibiotics," who's setting the record straight about differences between MRSA in pigs and MRSA in humans. Well, currently there is a difference, but who knows for how long.