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I've Been Pollan-ated

Several groups teamed up to bring Michael Pollan to the University of Vermont for a question and answer session and book signing this past Thursday evening, and I was lucky enough to attend the event. 

Treating Food as an Investment

We need to rethink our calculus on food spending. Rather than looking at food as an expenditure with no long term implications, we instead need to view our food spending as an investment.

Global riot epidemic due to demise of cheap fossil fuels

This month alone has seen riots kick-off in Venezuela, Bosnia, Ukraine, Iceland, and Thailand. This is not a coincidence.

An interview with Dr Tim Lang: "Dire times are one of the only moments when structures get laid bare"

When looking for insights into food, policy and politics, the first place I would turn is to Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London.

Corn, Cars and Cows  

Putting gasoline blended with corn in your gas tank can increase the cost of food on your kitchen table. That’s the claim of farmers and ranchers who say federal policies mandating corn ethanol production raise the price of feed for American cattle, pork and poultry.

Egypt's new age of unrest is a taste of things to come

Although Adli Mansour, the new interim leader sworn in today by the army, promises to pave the way for new democratic elections, the fundamental drivers of Egyptian rage remain overlooked.

Food & agriculture - May 14

•Science as Dialogue: What My Garden and I Are Discussing in 2013 •Biofuels a big cause of famine •Food Price Inflation as Redistribution: Towards a New Analysis of Corporate Power in the World Food System •Over half the world's population could rely on food imports by …

Difficult Words #5: Illth

The first thing to know is that illth is a real word which you can find in Volume VII of the Oxford English Dictionary. It was coined in 1860 by John Ruskin, the English writer, artist, philanthropist and all-around too-smart-guy-with-spot-on-taste. Ruskin, from his vantage point in the cockpit …

Food & agriculture - April 30

• The Trouble with Biofuels: Costs and Consequences of Expanding Biofuel Use in the United Kingdom •Dance of the Honey Bee •The benefits of alternative farming methods •A Brief History of Our Deadly Addiction to Nitrogen Fertilizer •Connecting the Dots: the Big …

Global Food Prices Continue to Rise

Continuing a decade-long increase, global food prices rose 2.7 percent in 2012, reaching levels not seen since the 1960s and 1970s but still well below the price spike of 1974. Between 2000 and 2012, the World Bank global food price index increased 104.5 percent, at an average annual rate of 6.5 …

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