‘So what does this all mean? Well, 90% of our energy intake comes directly from the soil, so agricultural practices obviously have a big effect on soil health. If you care about conserving soils as well as minimising your greenhouse emissions, it’s not as simple as just going vegetarian. Grazing animals can be good for soils, even though their methane emissions are bad for the atmosphere. Working out where the balance sits is a fiendishly tricky question. This is because agricultural emissions are related to individual site factors (such as climate or soil type) as well as agricultural practices (such as fertiliser regime or grazing intensity).’
Just shoot me, really.
‘It shouldn’t be surprising. A whole generation has come of age whilst suckling the philosophies of Anthony Bourdain and Michael Pollan. This isn't just a flock of sheep grazing on the closest taco truck; these are consumers so involved in food and culture that they’re founding new food museums of their own. The challenge is to translate the history of food into experiences that both work within and push the boundaries of a museum.’
Jacqui Newling, your work with Sydney Living Museums is ‘on trend’ J
‘A new website called Grandmas Project is seeking to preserve – like so much jam – the unique recipes from grandmothers around the world. The aim is produce a series of documentary films that focus on 30 grandmothers, explaining how to cook 30 of their best, time-tested recipes. If you have a grandmother, and she has recipes, you’re encouraged to contribute.’
Darn, I haven’t any grand kids old enough – well, I haven’t any at all, really – who could kick up a fuss about this assuming that only grandma’s cooked.
‘Gaza farmers have lost 187 hectares of crops to aerial spraying of herbicides by Israel hundreds of meters within the territory's borders. The action, carried out in the name of 'security', further undermines Gaza's ability to feed itself and may permanently deprive farmers of their livelihoods. It may also represent a war crime under the 1977 Protocol to the Geneva Conventions.’
The kind of food war you don’t read about.
‘People have been sentimental about earlier eras for as long as there have been earlier eras to sentimentalise. But this particular sentimentality has little to do with a desire to improve the modern era, let alone to genuinely relive the past. Not even someone daft enough to discuss “bone broth” wants to return to Palaeolithic times. Instead, it’s a bizarre backlash against feminism, replete with men lugging rocks around and women reduced to salad eaters and babyfeeders. Who knew the modern era would look so retrograde?’
A fresh take on the Paleodiet, to me at least, and a cogent one.
Kitchen science: gastrophysics brings the universe into your kitchen
‘Have you ever dropped a just-opened plastic bottle of milk or fruit juice on the kitchen bench and had the contents jumped up and hit you in the face? I have. And when it happened, I suddenly realised there was a connection with the physics of a type II supernova explosions.’
Love the ideas in this article. Pity the ebook from the author is only available via Apple. There goes a substantial part of the potential audience, like me. Barbara he could be a good one for Food and Word this year though.
Nestle’s Half-Billion Dollar Noodles Debacle in India
‘It was the middle of the night when the jangle of his cellphone woke Sanjay Khajuria from a deep sleep. In the few seconds it took him to get his bearings—to remember he was in a Manhattan hotel room and not at home in his bed in Delhi—the Nestlé executive had an unsettling thought: Could this be about Maggi?’
A fascinating article about the minefields in industrial neo-colonialism.