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At the earliest possible age my brothers and I were inducted into the Clean Plate Club. My compassionate mother would admonish us to remember the starving children in Biafra. My stern father would tell us about his narrow escape into the Carpathian Mountains in the harsh Yugoslavian winter of 1944, where he and his mother nearly starved. Read the column
To cook or not to cook? That is the question. Such a simple question, too. It’s one that food activist and author Michael Pollan answered in his latest book Cooked with a resounding yes. Yet it’s a disquieting question for us humans to ask – and historically unprecedented. Read more in my Edible Blue Ridge Winter 2014 column.
In a strange twist of fate, obesity may be the tipping the scales towards local foods. With the dubious distinction of becoming the fattest nation in the world in 2012, U.S. leaders are galvanizing action at all levels to address obesity…. A 2012 Cornell study reports that obesity now accounts for a whopping 21 percent of U.S. health-care costs, estimated at $190 billion per year…. A growing body of evidence even suggests that a host of everyday products are also culpable. Read more in my Edible Blue Ridge Fall 2013 column