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On Food Activism

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On February 25, 2021
I’ve long been interested in food activism, more in theory than in personal interest in participation. What motivates my interest here is the connections between food activism and the larger atmosphere of change at a given time. Americans have always been obsessed with food and food faddism has a long history. Food activism is not […]
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2020 Open Thread

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On December 31, 2020
I hardly need to state the hell of this horrible year. We beat Trump, but only barely and with hardly any repudiation of his fascism, which only keeps rising. We nearly lost the House and while there’s still a chance we barely take the Senate, Susan Collins is still there among others. We had the […]
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2020, I’ll Tell You What

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On October 16, 2020
Even the indestructible can be brought to its knees in this hellyear. Like many people, Purrington believed Twinkies are basically immortal, although the official shelf life is 45 days. He removed a Twinkie from the box, unwrapped it — it looked fine — and took a bite. Then he retched. “It tasted like old sock,” […]

Eat Your Greens

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On October 15, 2020

Fascinating discussion on the rise and fall of various greens. It is quite possible 2020 will be remembered as a turning point in American history, a moment after which the country became irretrieva

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Pirates and Food History

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On October 4, 2020
This is an interesting write up of the pirate William Dampier and his detailed discussions of food across the world. The great age of piracy, if one can call it that, was part and parcel of a wave of colonization and globalization that bounded labor across the globe for the benefit of European powers. Piracy […]
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