For The Love Of Food

by | Oct 8, 2010

For The Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

Michael Pollan thinks food community is essential, organic eggs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be and UCSF scientists help the military figure out what’s killing bees. I also found a cool mythbuster about the best way to clean your produce.

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7 Responses to “For The Love Of Food”

  1. Thomas says:

    I am always astound when you say something like
    ” It’s a lot more expensive, so I buy less and appreciate them more. ”
    because here it is the opposite way. by directly from a farmer and you get a better price. makes one wonder why that is (greedy SF farmers? ;))

    • Darya Pino says:

      There are many reasons, but the main one is that our government massively subsidizes corn and soy, making industrial feed and farming practices much, much cheaper than doing it the real way. So grocery store eggs are artificially cheap, and real egg farms are very difficult to scale in this economy. Thus real eggs are a specialty commodity.

  2. Thomas says:

    hm, i might have something to do with the fact you buy it at a SF farmer’s market rather than at their farm. can’t imagine that the farmer’s market rent is low? besides, it might be harder to cheat taxes if you have a fixed booth on the farmers market. which is the good foundation for every farmer 😉

  3. Karen B. says:

    The guy in your BS story DID in fact lose weight. He lost 22 pounds and from what he wrote, it seemed pretty easy!
    I agree this most likely isn’t a healthy way to do it but the dude wrote it because he DIDN’T have trouble losing weight his way. He also knew it wasn’t a healthy way and even wrote that in the article which I found humorous. Thanks for including it. 🙂

  4. Danielle says:

    Firstly, that food critic’s dieting story was vile. Disliked the attitude big time, gotta admit.

    Secondly, those bento boxes looked amazing. That’d be an interesting idea to start trying out for lunches. So many yummy veggies in there!

    Really awesome list, Darya! I’m thinking steak salad for dinner now. 🙂

  5. The BS of the week isn’t the guy and his diet, which — as Karen mentioned — seems to be working. It’s what his doctor told him: “But you’re still eating an unhealthy, high-fat, high-protein diet.”

    Excuse me, doc? That’s exactly why he’s losing weight, and his cholesterol and blood pressure have both dropped. Isn’t a diet healthy or not based on whether it makes you healthier? That’s what his is doing. It’s working. What other criteria is supposed to be more important than that?

    I thought the food writer displayed an admirable amount of self-awareness. He knows how much will power he has. (None, apparently.) He knows what changes he can stick to and does it. Good for him.

  6. I worked in a grocery store when I was in high school, and was always stunned (and a little horrified) at the amount of pop, candy, chips, sugary cereal, and other junk that could be purchased with food stamps. I remember one family that would come in and get two carts – one they would completely fill with pop, the other their groceries. You could buy so much FOOD for the price of all that pop!

    Now, I’m not sure I’d want to see pop and other not-so-great things completely banned – if it’s your kid’s birthday, and you want to get some pop and Doritos as a treat, you should be able to. But maybe it would be good to limit it; say, 10% max of your allotment can go toward pop and junk food.

    I was always a fan of the WIC program, because it spelled out exactly what could be purchased – whole grain cereals, real dairy products, canned fish, nut butter, etc. All good things.

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