6.10 Food & Farm Report–Videopalooza

When the ol’ news gizzard gets full, it’s time to cough up some rocks. This week it’s a special video edition in honor of the choice Southern-themed food shorts currently floating around the Web.

So, without further adieu, put on your 3D glasses…


The Oxford American magazine profiles Weaver D’s of Athens, GA

Automatic for the people! Typing this right now, I can taste the fried chicken. And there may be no better place to have lunch in the Classic City: sitting outside by the Oconee River. Weaver D’s is one of a kind, for sure, and while the ordering process may, as the OA says, seem opaque, don’t be intimidated. Get in line. Watch the folks in front of you and ask for whatever smells good. When Dexter Weaver says, “Communication,” you should speak. Oh yeah, and, just to be safe, bring enough cash.




Joel Salatin and son illustrate their farming practices for USAToday

Author and farming pioneer, Salatin hardly needs any more pub, starring as he does in Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the film Food, Inc. Nonetheless, this following video is a good, brief exposition of how he runs his western Virginia farm, employing methods which have become the model for new sustainable livestock producers across America.




Michael Pollan inveighs against television advertising

Last but not least, Michael Pollan speaks. For some, Pollan has almost reached saturation. Soon, I have no doubt, he’ll be caricatured by ironic hipsters everywhere, which is just the byproduct of his importance right now in American culture. Always luminous, Annie at Twin Yolks happened upon the following video for class. It’s Pollan at his pithiest on the internet, and Annie requests your thoughts.





Ta ta for now. I leave you with this article from the Telegraph, suggesting that the decline in bee populations across the globe could be linked to…cell phones.

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4 thoughts on “6.10 Food & Farm Report–Videopalooza

  1. Any word on this “Cruiser” (neonicotids) product produced by Bayer that’s suspected of Bee Colony genocide? The film ‘Nicotine Bees’ reveals more, I think. Lots of seeds now are coated with it and it’s a key ingredient for most insecticides on cucurbits and other grasses/legumes that bees love.

    Apparently it’s a neurotoxin that causes disorientation and the bees cannot find their way back home.

    • Nothing yet, Mr. Morel, although I’ve heard all kinds of hypotheses. I’m not convinced that cell phone radiation or magnetism or whatever is the sole culprit. I’m not saying it doesn’t have any effect, but I would surmise there’s a complement of problems–such as destruction of habitat and monoculture farming–with chemical application being primarily responsible.

      For anyone, like myself, interested in learning more about the film, the trailer is below:

    • Thanks, Tammy. I think the rock metaphor is still rough. But you know, there are so many great and important things happening right now, it’s almost a full-time job just reading and watching the news. I feel that any positivity and momentum I can add to the good food and good land stewardship movement is well worth the effort.

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