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In the News… Monday, February 25, 2008

† Cloned Food and Consumer Choice: Bernadette Tansey of the San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at how consumers–and therefore how the businesses who sell directly to consumers–might respond to products from clones. The debate continues…

haeg-cover.jpg† Fritz Haeg and Edible Estates: Los Angeles-based Fritz Haeg, whom many Slow Food members and friends may know from his work on the Edible Estates projects, will be exhibiting at the Whitney Biennial, and the New York Times caught up with him to discuss his work.

While in NYC, Fritz is also promoting the publication of his new book, Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn. Advance praise from Slow Food supporters is already coming in:

The best ideas are usually the simplest ones. Fritz Haeg deserves a genius award for his wonderfully subversive plan. Instead of mowing your lawn, you should eat it.” – Eric Schlosser, author, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Wherever I am, I’m always looking to see what’s edible in the landscape. Every time I see the median strip in the street in front of Chez Panisse, I can’t help but imagine it planted with waving rows of corn. Edible Estates describes wonderfully how a garden in front of every house can transform a neighborhood, sprouting the seeds not just of zucchini and tomatoes but of biodiversity, sustainability, and community. – Alice Waters, founder, Chez Panisse

† Assessing the presidential candidates in terms of food policy: The Kitchn blog has offered summaries of what the presidential candidates’ positions on food-related issues have been. Posted thus far (and in alphabetical order):
Hillary Clinton
John McCain
Barack Obama
Ron Paul.

† Speaking of blogs, check out “Fresh Mouth”: Thanks to Marion Nestle for the pointer to a new blog titled “Fresh Mouth.” Its description: “A family of 5, 1 mission to eat only fresh food or processed food with 5 ingredients or less for 30 days. How we survived without McNuggets, Cheerios, and even organic cookies.” In the kick-off post, Eileen Dolbeare explained:

We’ve decided to do an experiment and teach the kids about healthy eating and real, whole food as a way of life and not as a means to scoring sugar. Our 10-month old son is motivation, too. He’s on the cusp of eating real foods, and we want to sustain his untainted palate for as long as possible.

So, we start Fresh Mouth – our 30-day bender on all things fresh, whole and reasonably unprocessed. We’re not as hard core as the locavores of late. We admire Barbra Kingsolver and her crew, but we’ll still eat chicken from the plants of Perdue. We can’t go all organic all the time because we can’t afford it. So, we’ll make compromises here and there. Organic milk one week, organic beef the next. We’ll sow our seeds and grow our own herbs and veggies in the spring.

We’ll take the lead from food studies prof Marion Nestle and writer Michael Pollan. We’ll eat only fresh foods and processed foods with five ingredients or less. If we can’t pronounce the names of the ingredients, we won’t buy or eat them.

We’re an average American family trying to eat better and enjoy it more. We’ll convince our three little kids that fresh food is about pleasure, rituals and family – and not about red dye #40, high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils.

Yesterday was Day 8, so hop on board. It should be an interesting journey.