Christina Filipovic

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10 years 7 months ago

Ramps were responsible for the naming of Chicago

Ramp season is officially upon us. Across North America, ramp festivals are in full swing bringing together foragers, gourmands, wild foodies, and the gastronomically curious to enjoy wild leeks at their peak.

Over two million ramps will be consumed in the United States this year, and as foraging becomes an increasingly popular trend, long-time wild food advocates are warning that ...

10 years 7 months ago

Paul Ryan's budget plan, which he has dubbed the "Path to Prosperity" will significantly cut nutritional assistance to the poor over the next 10 years.

An analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities revealed that US House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's proposed budget would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)...

10 years 7 months ago

As locally grown, foraged food becomes increasingly trendy, plants like wild ramps are at risk of being over-picked

"Wild Edibles" a new app for aspiring foragers provides a useful tool in identifying wild plants for human picking and consumption.

The app draws on the extensive knowledge of "Wildman" Steve Brill, a well-known forager and environmental...

10 years 7 months ago

The Muir Woods Cafe in Marin, California has become a destination unto itself

Preservation and enjoyment of the environment is the primary mission of the US national park system, and it is surprising that this goal does not always transfer to the food offered at the parks. As the health of citizens is reliant on both the conservation of the environment and access to healthy foods, it is laudable that the park system is advancing the profile of its food options.

A recent...

10 years 7 months ago

The new agreement recently passed to avoid a government shutdown cut programs that promote land stewardship, help poor mothers buy food, and assist in the delivery of clean water around the country.

The US Department of Agriculture suffered from cuts of $2.6 billion for this fiscal year, ending September 30. As half of the fiscal year is already over "it becomes twice as hard to make cuts" according to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Congressional leaders disingenuously...

10 years 7 months ago

Addictive eating behavior has been linked for the first time to specific patterns of brain activity in both lean and obese individuals

A new study published by Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity shows that people who struggle with severe food cravings exhibit similar brain activity as those who are...

10 years 8 months ago

Only in San Francisco: Airport dining moves beyond the dreadful choice between questionable Chinese and McDesperate

Maintaining its well-deserved reputation as a forward-thinking city, San Francisco announced plans for a sustainable food program in the brand new Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

The renovated LEED Gold-certified Terminal 2 will include revolutionary dining options not yet seen in other airports around...

10 years 8 months ago

McDonald's recently announced a new sustainability initiative with the stated goal of ensuring that the food they source is from certified sustainable companies.

A sustainability plan coming from a company that once literally greenwashed its own logo must be met with an appropriate level of wariness.

The "Sustainable Land Management Commitment" will focus on five core areas: beef, poultry, coffee, palm oil, and packaging.

The five areas were determined...

10 years 8 months ago

The Perennial Plate, an online series of documentary shorts featuring local eating and exploration based out of Minnesota announced that they will be taking the series national.

Chef Daniel Klein and his vegetarian cameraman Mirra Fine explored the culinary landscape of the state for a year through cooking, picking, slaughtering, and eating local foods.

Perennial Plate is planning a quintessentially American road trip, where they will document local foods and the farm to table process from...

10 years 8 months ago

Coffee yields are down, and prices are shooting up due to the consequences of climate change

The Coffee Cooperative of Dota (Coopedota) just announced that they will be exporting the world's first batch of carbon-neutral coffee.

Other coffee producers have claimed to be carbon-neutral in the past, but Coopedota...