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What We’re Reading: The Best of Food Writing From Around the Web

The only thing better than eating food is reading about food: eat, read, repeat.

+ Farmers go through all lengths to protect their precious cherries from birds, bugs, and weather. Then comes the expensive part: paying for hand-pickers.  

+ In Detroit, beer companies are looking to get the city’s 11,000+ forgotten rape kits tested. A cause worth toasting? Not in Detroit. You can donate here:

+ MIT researchers are training computers to look for recipes using only food photos.

A picture of the Impossible Burger at Nishi fetched a recipe for “baby bagel sandwiches” (though that one was admittedly tricky).

A blurry photo of my grandmother’s Chex Mix returned some closer results, like recipes for “ginger almonds” and “spicy chili peanuts.”

By Eli Christman


+ Beyond the pot brownie: Mary Jane is getting her own cookbook and to get you started in the high direction, the co-author has shared a recipe for CannaButter, the foundation for getting the best highs out of your pot recipes. 

+ Flaming Hot Cheetos were the genius idea of a Mexican janitor who is now the executive running Frito-Lay’s Hispanic marketing team. Read his rags to riches story on Foodbeast.

+ The free divers of JeJu are part of a dying profession. From pollution to modern life, there don’t seem to be as many of these ladies in the sea anymore. Read about their arduous but beautiful fishing and foraging story on Roads and Kingdom.

Chae is a haenyeo, a traditional profession on her home island of Jeju, South Korea. For centuries, these female divers have eked out a living by plunging into the sea to gather its edible treasures and sell them. In the 1960s, at their apex, there were 23,000 haenyeo women on Jeju, according to the island’s Haenyeo Museum. But now, only 4,300 haenyeo remain; many experts believe this generation will be the last, as young people flee to cities and pollution destroys the haenyeo’s place of work: the fragile aquatic ecosystem of the Strait.

By Mike Mozart

+ Research shows that ingesting even low doses of glyphosate (found in herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup) every day can lead to fatty liver disease. Does this mean you shouldn’t eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream every day? Possibly.

The Organic Consumers Association has been working with an organization called Regeneration Vermont to persuade Ben & Jerry’s to go organic….“If they went organic, they wouldn’t have this problem,” said Will Allen, a founder of Regeneration Vermont and an organic farmer who has met with Ben & Jerry’s executives.

Other groups testing for glyphosate have found it in Quaker Oats, Cheerios, Ritz Crackers and Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips, among a range of other products. The companies behind those products have all noted that the glyphosate amounts fell well below regulatory limits.



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