Food and Farming

Walk Softly and Carry a Big Beer

Walk Softly and Carry a Big Beer

OK, that's it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. The avarice of corporate power is getting personal. I'm talking about beer, the nourishing nectar of a civilized society. Since my teen years, I've done extensive consumer research on the brewer's art, from the full array of ales...

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We Can’t Go On Eating Like This

We Can’t Go On Eating Like This

Once the human race stopped throwing spears and gathering berries, our bodies suffered. Planting seeds and harvesting produce made leisure possible, but it also meant we grew shorter, fatter, sicker, and considerably more overworked. An alien visiting from another...

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Hooked on Apples

Hooked on Apples

When it comes to solving big problems, I believe in reaching for the low-hanging fruit first. What's the easy stuff we can get out of the way before working on harder challenges? Right now, many of us can go for the low hanging-fruit in a very literal way: by visiting...

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The Nouveau Sodbusters

The Nouveau Sodbusters

We know from the childhood song that Old MacDonald had a farm. But e-i-e-i-o — look who's got his farm now. It's outfits like American Farmland, Farmland Partners, and BlackRock. These aren't dirt farmers wearing overalls and muddy boots. They're Wall Street hucksters...

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Another Fast Food Stunt

Another Fast Food Stunt

Now here's a dinner I wish I could've attended. I hear it was an elegant evening of fine dining in New York City's chic Tribeca neighborhood. Celebrity chefs prepared a sumptuous spread of international cuisines for this truly unique ballet for the taste buds. The...

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No Appetite for Fixing School Lunch

No Appetite for Fixing School Lunch

You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can't make her eat. Especially if the food doesn't taste good. That's what the government found out in the wake of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. I was active in advocating for school lunch reform at the time. The...

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A Prickly Question

A Prickly Question

California's harsh new measure to deal with long-term drought is making waves. Residents caught wasting by washing sidewalks with their garden hose and committing similar reckless acts are incurring fines of up to $500. Is that fair? Or will the fine be perceived as...

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