The hotly contested battle over GMO labeling just got hotter in Washington state. The latest wrinkle comes just a few weeks before November 5, when voters decide on I-522, the ballot initiative that would mandate labels on all genetically modified food sold in grocery stores.
Opposition has been fierce; the No on 522 campaign has raised $17.2 million, a record for monies raised against a statewide initiative, according to the state’s Public Disclosure Commission. From the opposing war chest, $7.2 million came from the Grocers Manufacturers Association (GMA), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing hundreds of food and beverage companies. But unlike the GMA-funded opposition to Prop 37, a similar initiative in California last year, the GMA-funded opposition to I-522 has been a mystery–until now. Read More
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Imagine a country where ideologues bent on land reform turn agriculture into the plaything of the world’s richest investors, and poor local farmers are locked out of millions of acres prime agricultural land. Then stop imagining some African country run by a despot and his friends and start picturing the United States. Rural America is on the cusp of one of the greatest transfers of land in its history and no one’s talking about it. Read More
Few contemporary artists have been the subject of quite so many rumors as Banksy. Depending on what you believe, the anonymous, larger-than-life British graffiti artist is not one man, but a collective of people. He participates in social media–or not. His identity has been revealed several time–or not. Oh and he’s might actually be a she.* Read More
Forty-eight grams of sugar—that’s how much sweetener is in one medium sized Pumpkin Spiced Latte from McDonald’s. The ads for this Autumnal drink are everywhere lately, but what’s absent is any indication of what comprises this “seasonal treat.”
Most people could never guess just how much sugar it contains: 12 teaspoons of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than six teaspoons of sugar in an entire day and for men it’s nine. Those 12 teaspoons are more sugar than the average person should consume in a two-day period. Read More
This is it folks! The Civil Eats Kickstarter is in its final hours–our campaign to fund good food journalism and commentary ends just before 5 pm PT on Friday, October 18–and we need your help to make our goal. So far we’ve raised almost $65,000 thanks to our many supporters. If we don’t raise the remaining $35,000, we don’t get to take home anything. Read More
Get excited! It’s once again time to give out the World Food Prize! Now, given its name, you’d think the World Food Prize would involve actual food. Such as “best tasting food in the world” or “most popular food in the world” or something along those lines. That, in fact, is not the case. Read More
Marji Guyler-Alaniz has spent the last nine months documenting women farmers for her ongoing photography project, FarmHer.
“My goal is to capture the beauty in the every day and my style is to show who these women are through subtleties,” says the Iowa-based photographer. It’s an important goal at a time when the number of female farmers is on the rise, women now make up 30 percent of U.S. farmers, and many women are approaching this work in sustainable, creative, and mold-breaking ways. Read More
“How cool is this!” Susan, a 68-year-old retiree from Philadelphia, was on her maiden voyage with her new toy, a salad spinner.
As she pulled the spinner’s retractable cord, the room filled with a rattling hum, similar to a washing machine at the end of its cycle. She was visibly pleased that after just a few pulls, the lettuce leaves tucked inside the colander-like basket were nice and dry. She marveled at how she could both wash–“Wow, there’s a lot of dirt in these leaves”–and dry salad greens with just one tool.
This was just one of the many ah-ha moments for Susan, who signed on to take an immersion cooking course with me earlier this summer. Over the course of a week, we met in her kitchen each day with one primary objective: Getting a handle on the bare essentials of cooking. Read More
Civil Eats is at a critical junction, as we have to raise $55,000 in the next 7 days to meet our Kickstarter goal of $100,000 by Friday, October 18. If we don’t raise the remaining funds, we won’t be able to keep any of the money we’ve raised to date, as per Kickstarter rules. If you care about the future of the good food movement, please consider donating today. Read More