Now here's a new project for you, locavores. The Toronto Globe and Mail profiles two people who are building aquaponics systems to raise fish, as well as plants, in their back yards. Anyone know of a Seattleite doing this?
At the Washington Post, Jane Black, the Post's top food reporter, interviews Fred Kirschenmann, Wendell Berry, and Wes Jackson, whom she calls the "Three Wise Men" of sustainable ag. The three men are in DC advocating for a 50-year agriculture policy that prioritizes perennials over annuals in order to preserve the soil.
The New York Times has an article about Hope Sandrow, an artist who was followed home one day by a stray rooster and ended up transforming her home and her life to support, and make art from, a flock of rare breeds of chickens. The article's fine -- the slideshow is marvelous. Bonus link: more chicken art.
It's pretty wonky, but Ethicurean posts a report from a raw-milk summit held in Seattle last week, in which veterinarians and food-safety activists assembled to talk about the benefits and risks of drinking unpasteurized milk. While raw-milk advocates like to pretend that there's no risk to drinking raw milk, or that the good bacteria and enzymes in the milk keep the bad ones in check, the facts state otherwise. Yet the risk isn't as great as the pro-pasteurization camp argues. The upshot of the conference: Raw milk producers should help consumers make informed decisions.
Here I was, thinking myself a safer driver because I stopped texting while driving (well, mostly), and now the New York Daily News says that I should stop unwrapping my breakfast burrito and stirring my latte while behind the wheel. Does eating in the car really cause 80 percent of all car accidents?