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Laurier BBQ, Meatless Chefs, Marine Miracles and More!

My Friday roundup of articles, websites or videos from across the world wide web that caught my attention.

270,000 Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto. It’s hard to miss this one! The organic farmers, led by the US Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, are challenging Monsanto’s right to sue farmers for patent infringement if Monsanto genetically-modified seed or pollen lands in their farms and takes root. Monsanto has a long history of suing farmers for unlawfully using their GMO seeds, even when it’s obvious that they’re the very seeds the farmers are trying to avoid. There is power in numbers. Maybe a crowd of Davids can beat Goliath.

La poule aux oeufs d’or. There has been a lot of press hub-bub over Gordon Ramsay taking over Laurier BBQ. The menu now boasts that the chicken is free-range, grain-fed and raised in Quebec; but what exactly does that mean? Not much. It’s probably the same chicken you’d find at Au Coq, any number of the Portuguese BBQ places in the city, or even at your grocery store. Great post at one of my favourite blogs for food issues.

Meat-Loving Chef Eats Mostly Vegetarian. If we can’t find ethically- or sustainably-raised meat in our favourite restaurants, perhaps we should heed the advice of food celebrities like Anthony Bourdain, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal, and Mark Bittman and eat less meat. Increasingly environment-conscious chefs seem to have some harsh words factory-farmed flesh.

An Ocean Miracle in the Gulf of California. And finally a bit of good news: If you leave damaged marine areas alone, they heal eventually heal themselves. Not only that, creating protected areas also “create jobs and increase economic revenue for the local communities.” Do we need more incentive? I hope not.

Toronto Youth Food Policy Council (TYPFC). Toronto seems to be at the forefront of so many local and real food initiatives these days. It’s inspiring. Here’s another great one: the world’s first youth-run food policy council. “The Toronto Youth Food Policy Council seeks to mobilize and engage Youth to make change by building a just food system.  The TYFPC provides Youth with a space to network, share opportunities and learn from one another AND strives to become Toronto’s leading Youth voice in sustainable municipal food policy change.  The TYFPC also has two permanent Youth seats on the Toronto Food Policy Council and is committed to overseeing the inclusion of the Youth voice!” Wow!

Photo credits: Adrian Salamader (Monsanto pic), and Richard Ling (fish), Creative Commons License.

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  1. t! says

    I am, in spite of the difficulties it presents to me, as much in favour of the third part of “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” as I am of the first two, but I really do wish the arguments presented were generally better than Fearnley-Whittingstall’s artificial dichotomy of “good” veg vs. “bad” meat:

    “Just ask yourself if you, or anyone you know, might be in danger of eating too many vegetables. Or if you think the world might be a better, cleaner, greener place with a few more factory chicken farms or intensive pig units.”

    I mean come on. Most of the vegetables in our supermarkets *are* factory-farmed, and they are thus *not* healthy for us. Nor the environment. And the meat he himself eats is not of the sort he is describing, so why is he pretending like Sad Meat is the only option?


  2. Amanda S. says

    You make a good point. It’s not as simple as veggies good, meat bad. Much of the vegetables sold in supermarkets are farmed in unsustainable ways that (I suspect) cause more damage to the environment than many sustainably-raised meats.

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