Links I Like

This week’s lovely links include some thought-provoking bits that are following up on the last two fascinating weeks in the world of food, with the Future of Food Conference two weeks ago in Washington D.C. and the Nutrition & Health Conference last week in San Francisco (I would have given my eye teeth to have been there instead of following it on Twitter. Seriously…my eye teeth!)
  • Interesting opinion piece by Dr. David Katz on possible reason why obesity bias is one of the last forms of prejudice that has remained socially acceptable. This is a difficult issue. Obesity is not all about lifestyle choices. I think it’s more about the modern lifestyle that most people have settled into. That lifestyle, with less physical activity and more calories, seems to intersect quite badly with the genetic and/or biochemistry of some individuals, while others remain more resilient. Still, fighting obesity should not mean fighting people who are obese.
  • Hmmm…are the very dietary behaviors that are contributing to obesity, diabetes and heart disease also responsible for the current increase in gout? And, is the Food Network to blame? The second question is a little tongue-in-cheek, but I do try to indulge my love of cookbooks and good food photography with books, magazines and blogs that tend to feature healthier (but still delicious) fare.
  • There’s a notion that people who care about food are elitist snobs. In my experience, most people who care about quality food, especially healthy food, want everyone to have access to quality food. Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation and co-produce of “Food, Inc.”) had a great editorial last week in The Washington Post on “Why being a foodie isn’t elitist.” He also made the eloquent point at last week’s “Future of Food” conference that everyone needs organic food, especially the two million farm workers on non-organic farms who are exposed to pesticides daily.
  • Continuing on the elitist theme, check out this nice little article in The Atlantic, on “The Farmers’ Market Myth.” The myth being that farmers’ markets are only for “well-heeled snobs” and that the prices are much higher than those at grocery stores. Do you believe that? Not so fast! 
  • Finally, do you know how to boil water? Are you sure? I think most of us could take a lesson from Mr. Bittman.
Have a lovely weekend. You can find me around the farm blog tomorrow, and I’ll see you back here Monday!