links: politics of the food supply, garden movie history, tarragon oil and more
I FALL OFF THE WAGON on sharing links that I love, putting them on Facebook but forgetting to publish them here on the blog. Mea culpa. Except today. A piece just posted yesterday on “The New York Times” website by Michael Pollan on this moment in our relationship with industrial food is so important that it moved me to behave better. I hope you will read it, and these other recent links:
“Vote for the Dinner Party,” the headline on Pollan’s story reads, says, and then the subhed: “Is this the year that the food movement finally enters politics?” It’s pegged to the looming vote on Prop 37, the California Ballot Initiative on the labeling of genetically modified food (which as Pollan points out is not some new invention, but something Americans have been eating for 18 years). But it goes much farther, because as he says:
“What is at stake this time around is not just the fate of genetically modified crops but the public’s confidence in the industrial food chain.” A must read (which will appear in print in the Sunday Times magazine).
more on prop 37, with an infographic
WANT TO READ MORE about Prop 37, and particularly about what companies support labeling and don’t–a shocking list, if you haven’t seen it before? (At present the powers against it have outspent those hoping to pass the measure by $34,000,000-plus to $4,000,000ish; scary. The infographic and more details are on the Cornucopia Institute website.) The California Right to Know website (source of the graphic up top) also details the case from the pro-Prop 37 point of view, as does Mercola.com.
first movie ever? made in a garden, in 1888
THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW DEPARTMENT: The first film ever made with a moving picture camera was shot by the camera’s inventor in 1888—in a garden. All 2.11 seconds of it can be viewed here. All from the non-profit Public Domain Review, where you can also hear Albert Schweitzer play Bach (circa 1935) and much more.
homemade tarragon oil, an easy herbal potion
ANOTHER QUICK HERBAL POTION for your kitchen: From the always-brilliant Heidi Swanson at 101Cookbooks.com (remember when I wrote about her last cookbook?) another genius touch: tarragon oil (and so easy). I know I’ll add this one to my repertory. You?