Tag Archive for Food

On GMO Oats and Cheerios

I thought this was kind of interesting. Though I’m not necessarily convinced about the “never will be” angle. Why There Are No GMO Oats (and Probably Never Will Be) – Modern Farmer: “Nevertheless, demand for oats has been falling for…

I, Nutella …

In the spirit of Leonard Read’s I, Pencil. A map of all the countries that contribute to a single jar of Nutella: “Some 250,000 tons (227,000 tonnes) of Nutella are now sold across 75 countries around the world every year, according…

The Ways We Describe Food

I’m not convinced a few of them ever had any real meaning. I’m looking at you “local” and “artisanal.” 10 Common Food Terms That Have Lost All Meaning: “Fancy some sustainable, artisan chicken with a side of seasonal, gourmet greens? Such…

Kinder Eggs As Contraband Update …

I’ve ranted a few times before (here & here) about the ridiculousness of Kinder Eggs not being available in the U.S. thanks to bureacrat decree. (pic via Wiki) Here’s an update on the story. Choco Treasure Eggs Avoid U.S. Ban On Toy-Filled…

These Hipsters Hunt, and Keep It Local

Hey, at least their meat is local. Hunting by liberal, urban, locavores is a trend good for the environment. – Slate Magazine: Hunting is undeniably in vogue among the bearded, bicycle-riding, locavore set. The new trend might even be partly…

Innovation & Excellence Stifled In The Lunchroom

What effects do policies like these have on innovation, excellence, and progress? What lessons do they teach young people? I hope this story turns out to be fake. Lunch Lady Ordered to Cook Less Tasty Meals – TIME.com: While recent adjustments to…

So Where Does the Gluten Go?

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It seems like just about everything I see these days is labelled “Gluten Free.” Where does all of this additional/extracted gluten go? Yesterday afternoon in a local Asian grocery store I found out. They sell it in cans.  

Quick Book Review: The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

I just finished reading The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley. It certainly seems like Matt Ridley is the intellectual heir to Julian Simon. Ridley makes a strong case that not only aren’t things that bad, there’s historically quite good, and the prospects…

Cowen On World Hunger …

A good column in the NYT, from Dr. Cowen. (HT: Radley Balko) World Hunger, the Problem Left Behind – Economic View – NYTimes.com “There is no shortage of writing — often from a locavore point of view — in support…