I have been finding my food news in some interesting places. When I only have a minute or two and need the most information possible, I check out the Ethicurean's Daily Digest for the latest on food policy, industrial agriculture, and activist projects going on around the world.
But when I have a little more time, one of the first places I look is Grist. Grist is an online magazine published by Grist Magazine, Inc. -- a non-profit organization with a mission of educating and energizing "the next generation of environmentalists with hard news delivered with a light touch".
I first noticed Grist's commitment to reporting food-related stories when they began publishing articles by Tom Philpott in 2005. Philpott co-founded Maverick Farms, an educational farm in North Carolina. He's a fantastic writer who brings thought-provoking topics to the table. He writes with a farmer's perspective, and often rounds out food politics debates with a point-of-view not being written about by others. This week, for instance, Philpott published "The hand that feeds: don't blame farms for the farm-subsidy mess," an article challenging those of us who assume that an elimination of farm subsidies would go a long way in ending the inequities created by industrial agriculture. Check out the comments thread for this article as well -- they are very interesting.
Grist's general food coverage is often interesting and new. Samuel Fromartz, the author of Organic, Inc. and the writer at the Chews Wise blog, writes for Grist. He recently wrote a post for Grist's blog about the ousting of a large organic dairy from organic certification.