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A couple of interesting Science News articles re food

applehome Apr 22, 2008 03:14 PM

Science news recently had a couple of food related articles:

http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20080329/bob10.asp

What's Cookin' by Rachel Ehrenberg
This one's an excellent summarization of Molecular Gastronomy, from Kurti, in the '60's to the current state of affairs. Rachel does a great job. It's not necessarily any new information, especially if you're already familiar with Adria, This and Blumenthal, but it's put together well - a good bit of history and some of the concepts that drove the physics (or vice versa).

http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/2...

The Costs of Meat and Fish by Janet Raloff
This article is in line with the Omnivore's Dilemma thread. It summarizes the recent report from Worldwatch's 2008 State of the World report. It presents a lot of numbers - big numbers. While they don't specifically state it that way, I'm not sure that all the Salatins and Polyfaces in the world will ultimately make a difference. The population and our wealth is growing - as long as we all want the same set of proteins, the demand will outstrip the supply. "Sustainable" management may put off the inevitable, but for how long? The report diverges into a recommendation for a new protein source: insects. Are we ready to start eating caterpillars? I suppose that the good news is that we could simultaneously eliminate agricultural problems like gypsy moths!

  1. FoodFuser Apr 22, 2008 06:29 PM

    Nice links. Thanks.

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      mpalmer6c Apr 22, 2008 07:43 PM

      The second article is pretty silly. We're not about to rely on an insect diet. But if we did, pretty soon these folks would begin wringing their hands about the shortage in insect protein.

      1. meatn3 Apr 23, 2008 09:57 PM

        Thanks! I've always loved that publication - they pack a lot into a small space!

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