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Scientific Method

July 28, 2010


It is easy to develop some strange ideas about science. For many people it is Science, a mysterious entity, part secretive organization, part mystic discipline, part religion. Everything from films to news articles perpetuates this view. This strange Science produces weapons and miracle cures, and is perpetuated by (mostly) men and (a few) women in […]

Cream of Zucchini Soup

July 16, 2010


This soup started out as a vague idea of dinner. The evening was getting on. A horse-riding lesson had delayed the arrival of two of the members of the household, and while outside it was still light, even hot, everyone inside was tired and hungry. I had to make food quickly out of the ingredients […]

Why do we pay farmers not to grow food?

July 11, 2010


One of the most complicated and passionately defended policies of many governments is that regarding agriculture. The European Union has the Appellation d’origine Contrôlée, Japan pays out huge sums to guarantee that they are self sufficient in rice production, and the US writes into its budget billions of dollars in farm subsidies each year. The […]

Why is our trade balance so important?

July 6, 2010


In order for people to prosper, they have to be able to earn money. Whether they work to provide a good or a service, they will have a base of consumers to rely on. If they have a lot of customers, they can work more, charge more, and earn more. This is all very basic, […]

What is a CSA?

July 4, 2010


I’m sure that the acronym CSA could stand for any number of things, but in the food world, where you might come across it now, it stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The concept has become trendy, and in my opinion it is part of a healthy new direction in America’s relationship with food. Nearly all […]