Politics

Enjoy An Organic Thanksgiving Feast At Monsanto Of All Places

Rev. Billy Talen will say grace, among other things
Nov 20, 2014 10:00 am

Looking for a ironic way to spend Thanksgiving? Then head to St. Louis and enjoy an "organic, local, non-GMO and pesticide free" meal at Monsanto, the controversial multinational agrochemical giant. Activists including the theatrical rabble-rouser Rev. Billy Talen are staging a demonstration at the company's headquarters on Thanksgiving day with a planned holiday meal intended to showcase foods that contrast sharply from the company's famous genetically modified crops.

Bryant Terry, Bringing Good Food Politics To Oakland

The food activist has already written four books
Nov 18, 2014 2:00 pm

In Food Republic's new series Game Changers, we take a close look at a few of the individuals working to change the way we view the food industry. Next up is author and food activist Bryant Terry.

It's Hard Out There For A Liberian Restaurant

Ongoing health scare isn't the greatest appetizer
Oct 16, 2014 3:30 pm

One Minnesota restaurant has recently made national headlines. Sadly, it's not because of the food. Well, not the quality of the food, anyway. It's the genre. Mama Ti’s, located outside Minneapolis, specializes in Liberian home cooking. Talk about bad timing.

Here's What's Not On The Menu: Your Underpaid Female Server, Line Cook, Hostess

Join Eve Ensler in NYC, rally against harassment!
Oct 13, 2014 12:00 pm

Whatcha doing Tuesday, October 14th at 11 a.m.? Rallying against sexual harassment in the restaurant industry? Demanding equal pay for women? Us too! Tuesday's “Not On The Menu” rally gives voices to the women impacted by the restaurant industry’s low wages and seeks to encourage anyone with experience in the restaurant industry to share their stories and fight the notion that sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination in the restaurant industry is ‘just part of the culture.’ 

$31.5 Million Subsidies Aim To Make Farmers Markets More Accessible

Michel Nischan explains impact of new grants to NPR
Oct 6, 2014 12:00 pm

It may go down as one of the great and unfair paradoxes of our time: Just as we realize the health benefits of eating more seasonally and locally, the price of doing so becomes nearly impossible for all but the wealthiest Americans. This doesn't have to add up to a lost cause, however. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new $31.5 million program will help double the value of SNAP benefits when used at farmers markets. How will this help, and is there any controversy attached? Listen to this NPR Salt Chat with Michel Nischan. 

Happy Lettuce Bikini Day!

Annual PETA stunt distracts meat summit goers
Jul 16, 2014 2:15 pm

It's that time again, the day when esteemed lawmakers in our nation's capital cast aside their partisan differences and enjoy some meat-free weinies handed out by ladies wearing lettuce bikinis, courtesy of the ironic flesh-peddlers at People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals. We're on the scene.

Winemakers, Oenophiles Say '.Wine' Websites Threaten Business

Seven U.S. wine regions oppose new domain names
Jul 7, 2014 11:00 am

Critics say the planned roll-out of .wine and .vin sites could create confusion for consumers. The new NapaValley.wine, for instance, could have as much to do with California's famous wine-growing region as the parody site WhiteHouse.net has to do with the actual Oval Office.

That's Good Head! How Modern Chefs Are Pushing Nose-To-Tail Dining With Fish

With fish guts, Americans still need some nudging
Jun 27, 2014 10:00 am

Chefs, food writers and other adventurous eaters — we live for things like fish heads; most Americans not so much. Hastened by the sustainability issue, U.S. restaurants are doing their part to broaden our tastes for seafood beyond the boring fillet. Will you bite? Dive in here.

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