Why spinach is better eye-food than carrots & other news

Wrap a carrot in spinach. Now that'll help you see in the dark.
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Hump day is a good time to rifle through some cool reads and links in the farm and food world.  We'd love you to recommend some of your own in the comments section.

Grist calls out First Lady Michele Obama for too much "good cop" and not enough "bad cop" in pushing Big Food to make healthier products:

Instead we get empty platitudes on how healthy food is good for business. Well, the processed-food industry knows that what’s really good for business is engineering food products that hit consumers’ “bliss point” of flavor and texture.

The Farm Bill may not be as much of a deficit-buster as originally thought, making passage even tougher.

Here's a TED talk on the role agriculture plays in climate change (very significant) and what we can do about it.

Decide what you think of Canada's dairy supply management system with this cool online debate.

The dairy industry wants to be able to sneak the artificial sweetener, aspartame, into your milk.

It's "Save Your Vision Month"(!) and optometrists say spinach kicks carrots' butt.


I made this poutine last night, and I swear it rivaled anything you can get in Quebec, although I couldn't get the curds to melt quite enough. Photo: David Sommerstein.

NPR finally asked the question that begged to be asked: "There is no greater mystery in America than this: Why is poutine not available everywhere?"  This article inspired me to fight back and make my own poutine last night (see photo – not bad, huh?)

Meanwhile in New York:

State Senate Republicans from Upstate New York are pushing a package of bills called "Grown in New York".  They would, among other things, cap tax assessments on farms, lower estate taxes for farmers, support food hubs and farmers markets, and help young farmers buy land.  North Country Senator – and Senate Ag chairwoman – Patty Ritchie told the Syracuse Post-Standard the bills are targeted at a new generation of farmers: "If we don’t do something to help young people get involved, we’re going to face a real crisis."

The value of vegetables planted in northern New York has risen almost 40% over the last decade, to some $11 million a year. NCPR's gardening diva, Amy Ivy, says the locavore movement is making an economic contribution: "Consumer interest in local foods is driving a dramatic increase in fresh market vegetable production and sales in Northern New York."

I really wish I had gone to this conversation about the future of organic farming at the Whallonsberg Grange.  Did you go?  Report below!

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