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“We all love the waters. Water is precious.”
Petition to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Ten Ways to Help the Standing Rock Sioux in their work to protect their waters.
Ah, the long stretches of yellow fields that have come to seem normal in springtime in the British countryside. When I posted this picture on Instagram, I got lots of likes that I sensed might be approving of beauty, and an idea of pastoral, productive bloom. Me, I see monoculture and pesticides and the economic restructuring of landscape and our relationship to it. I think about the battles between farmers (as represented by the NFU) and environmentalists about many issues, and neonicotinoids in particular, and just how complicated everything is.
To be fair, I also see Oil Seed Rape (OSR) for Rapeseed Oil as a rural, agricultural industry that has marketed its product very appealingly as local, gourmet, and of a terroir– as British “olive oil” in a foodscape in which most dietary fats are problematic in some (social, environmental, nutritional) way, and in which “British” and “local” represent virtues. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s voting time again, until the end of August, for Saveur Blog Awards 2016. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Michael Twitty were to win, in the category of Food and Culture, for his website Afroculinaria which takes as its subject the history, pain and possibility of food, race, power and identity. If the world of food blogging is so often superficial and sybaritic, his writing is deep and important, and I always learn so much from his completely original ways of thinking.
The film above is also nominated in the Food Video category. You could vote in both categories every day until the 31st of August. Do it! And share share share. Let’s have someone great win this award.
Stephanie Sarley is a contemporary American artist who makes these brave Fruit Art Videos. I think they are challenging and fun to watch, as well as having the effect of making people laugh– should you want or need that pleasure.
My son is lying in bed home from school with severe intermittent cramping, and of course my first thought as always is to try to get some fermented food into him. (Pretty sure it’s not his appendix.) I know that fighting bacteria with bacteria is effective, and that probiotic, bacterial-rich ferments, even small spoonfuls of “pickle juice” (brine), support a rebalance. So I’m relieved when he requests “one of [my] homemade fizzy drinks” — some version of water kefir.
There is continuously new research emerging about the microorganisms in our digestive systems and relationship to disease, including dementia, autoimmune disorders, and diabetes. Yesterday I read about research concerning Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in this regard, and an interesting summation of positive and negative aspects of antibiotics. And there have been absolutely fantastic episodes on BBC Radio 4 on the Food Programme, if you are lucky enough to have access to these links: That Gut Feeling Part One and That Gut Feeling Part Two. Since listening to these radio docs, I have been thinking of my own microbiome as an organ I can easily make healthier by daily dietary choices, such as increasing fibre, variety and of course including raw and unpasteurised and fermented foods, as well as reducing processed foods. Read the rest of this entry »