Weekend in Review


A variety of interesting posts that accumulated over the long weekend.  

First, more horrors in the world of the international food supply. It seems things are getting worse more quickly, and that the 2008 food crisis was not a blip but a portent.  

A long (too long, and too, well, British) but well-assembled BBC radio story that links peak oil and cows.  

An interview  with Lester Brown about natural disasters and their effect on food prices.  

Plus: How do soldiers from different countries eat in the field? A photo essay from the Times’s Week in Review.  

Finally, Paul Greenberg’s Week in Review piece responding to the “good” news that there have been strides in raising bluefin tuna in captivity. (Hint: It’s not as simple as all that.)

(Photo Credit: Ashley Gilbertson/VII Network, for The New York Times; food stylist, Maria Washburn)


2 thoughts on “Weekend in Review

  1. I ate lots of MRE’s in the Army in the Gulf War I era and absolutely loved them. There was a curious elementary school phenomenon that seemed always to occur at any mealtime with MRE’s: trading elements of the meal with others. Some of my soldier colleagues coveted something called "Bean Component", and would trade almost anything for it, the most valuable food item being the dehydrated fruit cocktail which we inevitably ate dry, crunching it up in our mouths like so much cotton candy, then washing it down with canteen water. My particular favorites were the slices of cake, which appeared to have been steamrollered into a dense flatness heretofore unthinkable in something called "cake". I am grateful to The Times for rekindling these memories.

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