† Caltech Olive Oil: An NPR interview with Caltech students who are producing olive oil from campus-grown olives.
† The Farm Bill: Fattening Waistlines and Pocketbooks: An op-ed piece in the Baltimore Sun by Scott Kahan suggests that “farm policy is an ideal avenue to address the obesity epidemic at its roots”:
A long-running contradiction in U.S. farm policy is fattening the waistlines of Americans and the profits of agribusiness at the same time. For the 30 years that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been issuing dietary guidelines, there has been a stark inconsistency between the federal government’s advice and its food funding. . . .
This legislation began during the Depression to protect farmers against environmental disasters and plummeting crop prices but has evolved into a massive program of handouts, largely benefiting agribusinesses. Worse, it promotes vast overproduction of crops that are the building blocks of calorie-dense, nutrient-poor, processed junk foods. It has become a “food bill.”
† Three pieces of interest in Mother Jones: And all are available online:
+ In “Seeing Red: Eating Locally and Debunking the Red-Blue Divide,” Barbara Kingsolver considers the possibilities that eating locally provides, and talks about her own reliance on local produce.
+ In “Farmworkers to Farmers,” Elizabeth Gettleman and Murk Murrmann look at the Salinas, California-based Agriculture and Land Based Training Association (ALBA), a program that teaches farm workers the business of organic gardening and while doing so supplies Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, and local chefs with organic produce.
+ And in “No Bar Code,” Michael Pollan shares the philosophy and business practices of Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, a “beyond organic” farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.