Food Politics

The Best People Love Food: A Survey

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” Harriet Van Horne was a wise woman. I have always been a supporter of American farmers broadly speaking; not just of our farm or of farms like ours, but of […]

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Why Whole Foods’ Big Poultry Revolution is Chicken Shit

One of the most frustrating things about being in agriculture is watching people who mean well, but who do not have enough knowledge and experience to be truly informed, make bad decisions on behalf of the industry and its consumers. But then, I guess you […]

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In Praise of Mexican Asparagus

One of the problems with the locavore movement is that it expects a superhuman amount of willpower. And I say that as someone who would like to fancy herself — with a couple notable exceptions we can address at another time — otherwise a supporter […]

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On Lesser Beings & Knowing Your Duty

You might not think religion and my unofficial comment policy would have much in common. Until a few days ago, neither did I. My unofficial policy is simple: For the most part, if a commenter seems cordial and contributes to the conversation, I’ll approve their […]

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There Goes Michigan’s “Right to Farm.” Or Not.

Michigan’s been on a roll lately. First they banned wild pigs, setting off a crunchy firestorm that brews to this day. Now they’ve gone and had the nerve to revise the state’s Right to Farm Act (RTFA), closing an oft exploited loophole that leaves urban […]

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On Being “More Humane”

Recently I sat in a meeting where I had to talk a lot about our farm. I hope to be able to give you more details about it soon, but for now there’s not much to say. Except that part way through as we were […]

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The Story of Bob

Bob was a pig to behold. He came out wide through the chest, long in the body, and thick through the hams from moment one. He had thick, straight legs, and the personality to fit his looks. He was the first to the milk bar […]

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Chipotle’s Scarecrow Part Two: A World of Pure Imagination, Indeed.

– If you haven’t already, you may want to read the first part of this series for context and backstory. Chipotle’s Scarecrow Part One: Lessons in Corporate Greed – Blake Mycoskie is not a farmer. He owns TOMS, the high profile shoe company that gives […]

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Chipotle’s Scarecrow Part One: Lessons in Corporate Greed

— I try very hard to present a fair and balanced view of agriculture and the series of posts I have planned on this topic will not be an exception. I have written this particular post no less than ten different ways looking for the […]

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Q&A with ‘In Meat We Trust’ Author Maureen Ogle

If you’d asked me a couple weeks ago if I wanted to hang out with a historian I’d have told you no, but then I met Maureen Ogle. Maureen is the author of In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America and she […]

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