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Food, Inc. Pulls Back the Curtain on Our Industrial Food System

This morning on NPR’s Morning Edition, host Steve Inskeep talked to the filmmakers of Food, Inc. about the problems with our (often brutal and unhealthy) assembly line system of food production.

[Side note: Guess who’s going Hollywood? (And by Hollywood, I mean “Boston.”) Chelsea Green’s own Makenna Goodman will be attending a screening of Food, Inc. this Tuesday—at the behest of Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farms, in the wake of their friendly (and fun to watch) online dustup over organic vs. non-organic foods, and what certification really means for small farmers.]

Listen Now

SI: There is a single sentence early in this film that seems to lay out your entire argument. I think we could spend the rest of the interview discussing the assertions you make in this one sentence. Let’s Listen.

RK [tape]:“Now our food comes from enormous assembly lines where the animals and the workers are being abused, and the food has become much more dangerous in ways that are being deliberately hidden from us.”


New French edition of The Resilient Farm and Homestead available

Great news for French-speaking fans of Ben Falk’s The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach. The French language translation is now available from Imagine Un Colibri, from French booksellers, and on Amazon.fr. Falk’s book is a technical manual that details the strategies he and his team have developed for […] Read More

How to Make Biochar

Doing some spring cleaning around your property? By making biochar from brush and other hard-to-compost organic material, you can improve soil—it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. This excerpt from The New Farmer’s Almanac, Volume 3, explains how to get started. To make biochar right in your garden, start by […] Read More

Generosity as Activism, and Other Homesteading Principles to Live By

“Like everyone I know, we occasionally find ourselves faced with a decision to which there is no obvious answer,” says Ben Hewitt, coauthor of The Nourishing Homestead. “Do we borrow money to build a bigger barn, or do we keep getting by with what we have? Do we spend our meager savings on trees and […] Read More

Pass the Walnut Syrup?

Everyone knows and loves maple syrup, and in some states (like Chelsea Green’s home state of Vermont), it’s big business. However, it’s a widespread myth that maples are the only trees that can be tapped to produce sap, according to Michael Farrell, sugarmaker and director of Cornell University’s Uihlein Forest. Sap can also be collected […] Read More

4 Books for Growing Food in Winter

Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food. For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season with techniques outlined in these essential books. There’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers […] Read More
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