Nat Geo Food
National Geographic is devoting the next few months to many things food:
I haven't done the reading yet, but it looks intriguing.
National Geographic? I have fears of a repeat of their "Pepsigate", where National Geographic bought into scienceblogs.com (a blogging site for scientists) and subsequently published a paid blog by Pepsi Co-- which caused many of the independent scientists to desert the site. Google Pepsigate for more background.
Even without Pepsigate, as a result of their frequent TV shows on paranormal phenomena/ghosts, I have ZERO respect (actually less than ZERO -- contempt) for National Geographic. I will not watch.
When they stick to the former sphere of the National Geographic Society they do great things (quoting from Wikipedia in a fit of laziness here): "... geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history."
When they overreach, boy do they ever, but I don't see a parallel between their coverage of food and PepsiGate.
I subscribe and have been following the print version eagerly. 2 more installments are left as of 11/15, with a live 'tweet chat' on 11/17 (are we all celebrity obsessed 'tweens?) however the TV channel can take a nose dive ala the opening credits of Second City TV for all I care.
it has been a largely non-editorializing study of what goes where and how processes have changed. there are speculations based on recent usage trends.
if your library takes NG, I recommend a nice sitdown (hey most of us in the US are facing nasty weather anyway) and follow up for related content on the website. one visual that was interesting was the difference in a day's army rations sorted by country. it reinforced some stereotypes and blew others apart.