The last decade has seen an explosion of interest in farmer's markets, healthful cooking, and dismantling the industrial food system, spurred in large part by Michael Pollan's 2006 book The Omnivore's Dilemma. But the "food movement" of today tends to be dominated by affluent urbanites, and messages from Brooklyn and San Francisco often don't reach--or resonate with--the majority of places in between.
contributor Meara Sharma interviews food journalists Jane Black
and Brent Cunningham about the juxtaposition of American working-class culture, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
, and the idealized pastoral leanings of the modern-day food movement: Servings of Small Change
. [more inside]
Ever wondered what would happen if all those people playing Farmville and Mafia Wars were trying to save the world instead
? Enter Urgent Evoke
, "a ten week crash course in changing the world," designed by Jane McGonigal
(who previously designed World without Oil
) for the World Bank Institute
. Players take on tasks like the UN Millennium Development Goals
. Wanna play
? [more inside]
In a possible sign of things to come, a group of Ontario grocery chain franchisees has split off and formed an independent co-op
in order to better access locally-sourced food.
Korea blog the Marmot's Hole reports on the crisis in Madagascar:
Madagascar’s defense minister has resigned after security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters Saturday (in late January), killing 28. More than 100 have been killed since anti-government protests began two weeks ago. And what may have been the impetus for the protests? The final straw for many was the mooted plan to lease one million acres in the south of the country to the Korean firm Daewoo for intensive farming. Malagasy people have deep ties with their land and this was seen by many as a betrayal by their president. [more inside]
Will the White House have its own farmer?
Back in October, Michael Pollan called upon the president-elect
to rip up a 5-acre section of the White House's south-facing lawns and hire a farmer to cultivate it. Over 55,000 Americans have nominated Claire Strader to be that farmer
, if the Obamas decide to take up a new Victory Garden initiative
. The question now is will they? [more inside]
Produced and recorded in the studios of Kootenay Co-op Radio in Nelson, British Columbia, Deconstructing Dinner
has been designed to dispense and discuss current food issues.
This weekly radio show hosted by Jon Steinman features a wide range of topics revolving around food security
. [more inside]
"Rich governments and corporations are triggering alarm
for the poor as they buy up the rights to millions of hectares of agricultural land in developing countries in an effort to secure their own long-term food supplies as shown by this map
The resentment rises as villagers are stripped of holdings and livelihood in Laos
; and land prices are soaring in Brazil
Here are some of the biggest deals
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Some of the world's biggest grain exporters barred their farmers from selling in global markets yesterday
, exacerbating the food price crisis for poorer nations that import their food and highlighting the failure of governments to nurture stronger rules for agricultural trade. Google news on restrictions on grain exports...
Previously on MetaFilter. [more inside]