Category Archives: food

US Food Waste Worth More Than Offshore Drilling

From New Scientist:

More energy is wasted in the perfectly edible food discarded by people in the US each year than is extracted annually from the oil and gas reserves off the nation’s coastlines.

Recent estimates suggest that 16 per cent of the energy consumed in the US is used to produce food. Yet at least 25 per cent of food is wasted each year. Michael Webber and Amanda Cuellar at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin calculate that this is the equivalent of about 2150 trillion kilojoules lost each year.

That’s more than could be gained from many popular strategies to improve energy efficiency. It is also more than projections for how much energy the US could produce by making ethanol biofuel from grains.

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Is Your Wine Vegetarian?

Those of us familiar with various brewing techniques already know about this, but it’s relevant for most of you.

One of the biggest problems with the old red-with-meat, white-with-fish wine pairing advice is that it entirely misses the boat on vegetables, and of course wines work beautifully with even vegetarian meals. But before we talk about pairing Syrah with seitan or Albariño with avocados, there’s something you may want to know: not all wines are — in the strictest sense of the words — vegan or even vegetarian.

The fact is that while an increasing number of wines are technically vegan, a substantial number of wines still use animal-based products in the “fining” process: clarifying the wine by removing proteins, yeasts and solid materials that would otherwise make the wine cloudy and visually unappealing, or would even create off-flavors or aromas. Fining agents act as magnets for unwanted materials, and carry the glop to the bottom of the barrel or tank. Then the wine is “racked” — poured off into another holding container, where the wine is separated from the solids. Racking is just like decanting, except on a humongous scale.  LINK

Pollan on the Daily Show

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Michael Pollan
www.thedailyshow.com

I like this little interview given that a) all of my college friends are now professed Pollan-ites and b) given the fact that the Corn Refiners of America are fighting an ad war to convince Americans that they are not fat and unhealthy because they eat a pissload of refined sugar (and everything else). Read about it here. Also, the youtube video below is oh so relevant.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYiEFu54o1E[/youtube]

The Pollan video was relinked from Grist.