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Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon has been interested in food ethics since she was 15, learned about industrial slaughter, and launched into 10 years of vegetarianism. These days, she strives to be a conscientious omnivore. Now a PhD candidate in folklore, her research has caused her to spend a lot of time in the remote Canadian sub-arctic, where the lake trout (sustainably harvested) tastes amazing.

Recent Posts by Sarah Gordon

August 17, 2012

Beefy Bailout 

A large pile of freshly-butchered red meat.

Government Buys Meat From Drought-Stricken Farmers

The drought has dried up pastures and devastated grain crops, increasing demand and a lowering supply of livestock feed.

August 3, 2012

september dread 

A herd of black cattle with orange number tags in their ears.

Farm Bill Freak-Out

Congress probably won't pass a new farm bill before the current one expires in September, but they won't renew the current one either. What gives?

July 31, 2012

Pigs and Pens 

An 18-wheeler Sysco delivery truck.

Sysco Announces Plan To Eliminate Pig Gestation Crates

Pigs aren't flying yet, but Sysco does want to give them a little more room to walk.

July 30, 2012

A Veritable Smorgasbord 

ferris wheel at night

State Fair Chow-Down

Fair concessionaires pour fryers-full of creativity into developing the greasiest and tastiest snacks imaginable. Here are some of our 2012 favorites.

July 24, 2012

The Price Is Wrong 

The feet of a person standing on earth that's so dry it's clumped and cracked.

Food Prices Expected To Spike, But Relief May Be In Sight

While economists fear what rising food costs might do to a weak global economy, they predict prices will fall by the end of the year.

July 19, 2012

Cognitive Dissonance?  

Stacks of different-colored Coke boxes arranged to create an image of the Olympic rings.

Olympic Eating: How Fast Is Your Food?

9 million hungry visitors will be descending on London in the coming weeks. Do fast food and fast runners belong in the same place?

July 13, 2012

Dust Bowl 2.0? 

Dead corn plants turning brown in the sun.

What Goes Up Must Come Down — Even Corn Crop Projections

At the beginning of the planting season, experts predicted a record-busting corn crop in 2012. That was before the drought changed everything.

July 12, 2012

Food Stamp Feud 

Close up of a shop window with a sign that says

Farm Bill Debate: How To Trim SNAP

The biggest difference between the House- and Senate-proposed farm bills is in their handling of food stamps.

July 11, 2012

Feuding Farm Bills 

The outside of a factory wall with a large graphic that says

Farm Bill Ping-Pong: House Edition

The House Agriculture Committee began voting through proposed amendments today in the hope of getting the bill through the committee this week.

June 27, 2012

pretty enough to eat 

eat your roses

More Than Meets The Eye: Eat Your Flower Garden

According to author Denise Schreiber, if you choose your garden flowers carefully, they can do the double duty of looking great and tasting great.

June 21, 2012

cooperation makes it happen 

Black and white picture of a hand making a

Farm Bill Update: Bipartisan Effort Ticks Through Amendments

On Tuesday, the Senate began the process of voting on a list of 73 amendments to the Food, Agriculture and Jobs Act of 2012.

June 19, 2012

Farm Bill, Finally 

Image of an old red barn with a silo in the background and side building surrounding.

Senate Might Pass Farm Bill This Week

Following weeks of heated debate, the farm bill is expected to go up for a vote in the Senate this week.

June 15, 2012

Sugar Crash 

Close-up of the pull-tab on an open can of coca-cola.

Soda Wars Episode 2: The Industry Strikes Back

Mike Bloomberg announced that he wants to limit the size of sugary beverages sold in NYC. The beverage industry isn't taking the news lying down.

June 11, 2012

Better Burrito? 

Exterior of a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant at night.

Chipotle: The Ethical Future Of Fast Food?

Chipotle claims to sell "food with integrity." But are there limits to how ethical a chain restaurant can be?

June 1, 2012

Sugar Crash 

Instructions and soda labels on a soda machine that dispenses Big Gulp sodas at 7-Eleven.

Big Apple Proposes Ban On Large Sodas

Michael Bloomberg's plan to limit the size of sugared drinks has been met with both cheers and jeers.

May 29, 2012

Finally, A Farm Bill? 

Portrait of Senator Debbie Stabenow, speaking at a microphone.  She is a woman appearing to be in her 50s or 60s, with red hair, wearing a black blazer over a red shirt.  An American flag hangs behind her.

Farm Bill Officially Introduced In Senate

"The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012" is expected to go up for debate in the Senate in early June.

May 24, 2012

Health Food Nation? 

A large spread of fresh produce for sale at a farmer's market, including greens, tomatoes, peppers, and more.

New Study: Americans Really Love Fresh Food, Farmers Markets

Americans overwhelmingly support the idea that government and communities should work to make fresh, local produce more widely available.

May 21, 2012

hold the wasabe 

Close up of a spicy tuna sushi roll.

Salmonella Sushi Linked To Unsanitary Fish Plant in India

Conditions at the Moon Fishery failed to meet minimum standards for legal export into the USA, says Department of Health.

May 18, 2012

Depends On How You Slice It 

Two side-by-side photos.  On the left, two carrots that grew wrapped around one another, as though they are hugging.  On the right, close-up of a hand holding a packaged twinkie.

How Much Does It Cost To Eat Healthy?

Is junk food really cheaper than healthy food? The USDA says it depends how you do the math.

May 9, 2012

Good Riddance?  

A plate of food, including a slice of foie gras.  The foie gras has a red circle around it with a line through it.

California Foie Gras Ban To Take Effect July 1

Two months before a fois gras ban goes into effect in California, supporters and opponents are locked in a final battle over the law.

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