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Food related stuff I’ve spotted on the Intertubes

This post is really a bit of a lazy one, these types of things to me are the equivalent of “the clip show” on TV. I read a fair bit online as well as offline about all things food. Sometimes these articles help me to form or reform opinions I have and express them in my own posts here. Every so often though I collect an array of open web pages because I want to write about certain topics but for one reason or another don’t get round to fleshing out these ideas. So with out further ado I give you a series of links to interesting and thought provoking articles I’ve read over the last week or two.

First up we have @reindeersp list of all the Irishfoodies that could be found on twitter, click here if you want to follow the list yourself.

It looks like Amazon are getting into the online grocery business, in the UK at least. I had a look through some of the catalogue before I realised the UK only nature of the Beta and was thinking of ordering a few bits and bobs that aren’t easily found locally but was disappointed that I couldn’t. Here’s hoping the beta goes well and it’s available to all sooner rather than later.

What a great new product from thinkgeek :)

Peter has a really interesting post about teaching organic gardening in schools. I really enjoyed this post and to me it comes down to this… which is “greener”? “Organic” produce that may be better travelled than I am :) or local produce that maybe isn’t certified organic?

Think about the carbon footprint of what’s on your dinner plate this evening, how far has each ingredient travelled? Is that better or worse for the environment than non-organic farming? I honestly don’t know but it’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently and so far for me it comes down to taste, freshness and the methods used to produce the food, not whether it’s certified “organic” or not.

And now for some Food Revolution updates, it’s great to hear about positive moves in the U.S.A. like this one from the Governator himself, but then you read things like this and realise that it’s going to take a long time for real change to happen. Still it’s another reason for me to be happy that my breakfast cereal of choice is porridge.

Closer to home, in the UK, Jamie Oliver has come in for some rather strange criticism by none other than Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary and has had funding removed from his School Dinners program to improve them in the UK, at the same time as his efforts in the US are starting to have a serious impact. Then only a few days later you read this and think well he’s (Andrew Lansley) going to have to rethink that now, or will he?

Review: “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan

The Omnivore's Dilemma cover
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

The Omnivore’s Dilemma is a book about that age old question “What will we have for dinner?”

Which to be honest doesn’t really sound like the most riveting premise for a book and if I hadn’t heard so much about Michael Pollan in the last few months (Thanks Lily and Ramana ;)) and recently watched Food, Inc. then I may never have picked it up and my life and cooking would be poorer for it.

Let me be clear this is not a cookbook and there aren’t really recipes in it but that said it’s already having a profound effect on the way I think about my food and cooking in general.

The book starts at one extreme of modern food, industrial farmed food and works it’s way through organic farming and into foraging. It’s almost like a journey back in time, think about this, currently industrial farms feed quite a large percentage of the human population but go back a century and farming (in general) was far more organic and of course if you back even further, pre agriculture, foraging really was the only way to get dinner.

But this book doesn’t preach so much as prompt you to think about things such as: Where did this food come from? How did it live? How did it die? and so on. It tackles some tough moral questions and in general gives balanced answers.

Thought provoking, entertaining and well written, I would recommend this book to those who are anyway interested in what they eat, but particularly to those who are in a moral dilemma about meat, just don’t make a final decision until you’ve read the entire book 😉