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In the News… Monday, April 21, 2008

† The cost of food: Lots of news in the last week about rising food prices, their current effects, and likely future effects:

++ Marion Nestle cites several articles, including pieces in The Economist and The Washington Post in her blog entry, “Food Price Misery”.

++ Andrew Martin and Kim Severson of the New York Times consider the effect on organic food in their April 18 article, “Sticker Shock in the Organic Aisles.” (Thanks to Arthur Greenwald and others who forwarded a link to this piece.)

++ Meanwhile, UNESCO has issued a report on the state of world food resources (the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, also known by the acronym IAASTD) and has called for a range of changes in agricultural practices. The BBC News website summarizes the report and provides a link to download the report’s executive summary in pdf form. The summary looks at issues linked closely to food production concerns including poverty, environmental sustainability, food security, health and nutrition, and bioenergy.

++ And in today’s New York Times, Andrew Pollack examines whether tough economic times and rising food costs signal the start of greater acceptance of genetically modified foods.

This weekend’s New York Times Magazine, its “Green Issue,” featured several articles of interest, two worth noting here:

++ Michael Pollan asks, “Why Bother?” going green: Is buying locally grown products better? Are local efforts just a drop in the proverbial bucket?

++ And this roundup of carbon-footprint and food-related tidbits

Is the Farm Bill complicating the plight of the honeybees? That’s the question considered by Carolyn Lochhead in her April 19 article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Farm Bill negotiations have been extended through this week, but whether funding for colony collapse disorder studies will be a part of the bill is unclear.

† Sustainable Eating in the Palisades: Palisades Cares is presenting an “environmental evening” on Wednesday, April 30, 2008, from 7:00pm until 8:30pm at Kehillat Israel, 16019 West Sunset Boulevard, in Pacific Palisades. Evan Kleiman (the founder of Slow Food Los Angeles, owner of Angeli Caffe, and host of “Good Food” on KCRW), Amelia Saltsman (author of The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook), and Molly Gean of Harry’s Berries in Oxnard will discuss what it means to eat sustainably and why we should choose to do so. The event is free but reservations are required: Contact Palisades Cares by email to info@palisadescares.org or by phone to 310.459.1614.