Food Security in a Changing World


Let’s talk about food security. And by food security, I don’t mean the biosecurity side, which is what some government types mean when they talk about food security (meaning, how do we keep someone from introducing — intentionally or not — a biological agent into the food supply system and then contaminating it. Don’t worry, […]

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Book Review: The Orchardist


The Orchardist (2012) by Amanda Coplin is a haunting novel based on an (you guessed it!)  orchard near the turn of the 20th century. It is a book, on the surface about self-sufficiency, survival, and family — a book about a less-than-sparkly version of the American Dream. But beyond that, it is a story about […]

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Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman


A co-worker brought Pigs to the Rescue (2010) to my attention two weeks ago, when she insisted on reading it aloud. The illustrations, particularly of the anthropomorphized farm animals (and pigs in particular in this book, though other “traditional” farm animals are featured in other books in the “to the rescue!” series) who are trying so hard to […]

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Are Organics Better? – The Stanford Study, and a Softer Focus View of the Debate


In the past few days, there has been a lot of talk about the Stanford study on organics, and specifically the nutritional content of organic foods. In fact, if you just Google, “Stanford Study Organics” you can read articles from a variety of sources that claim mainstream media has been duped by the study because […]

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Farm Workers & Tobacco Hazards


You’ve probably heard about the hazards of smoking. For people in my generation — twenty- and young thirty-somethings, seeing someone smoke (tobacco) is pretty rare — at least in the last two regions of the country I’ve lived in. However, I grew up in the south, in North Carolina, which specializes in tobacco production. I […]

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