Food History

Virgil on September 19, 2013

I have tons of cool kitchen tools from my grandmother and mother. This little device came from my grandmother who, by the way, was an unreal cook. I’ve been trying to duplicate her eastern Tennessee apple sauce for years. I have come close, but no cigar so far. When I was a kid, I would […]

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Message from the great organization, Food Democracy Now! From me: Please take action, we are up against the combined onslaught of huge corporations and federal agencies, like USDA and FDA, that care nothing for the wishes of the citizens or their health. Thanks to you, nearly 100,000 Food Democracy Now! members have expressed their outrage […]

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Virgil on March 9, 2013

I have been extremely busy lately, including learning pottery techinique, putting in an offer on a small farm, and trying to get our house ready to sell. So, the blog posts have suffered. Hopefully, that will improve soon. This blogs gets an incredible number of page views and I thank all of you who read […]

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Virgil on December 31, 2012

I have seen some trends developing over the past few years and am throwing out my predictions for the state of food in 2013. This mainly applies to the United States because the rest of the developed world and much of the undeveloped world is far more advanced when it comes to food and food […]

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We already know that conventionally produced foods are worse than those produced sustainably  although USDA and their agribusiness masters tell us otherwise everyday and even get laws enacted to keep consumers from knowing just how bad the food they buy really are. Regarding beef, we already knew that hamburger contains “pink slime” (see Are Americans finally […]

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Virgil on November 20, 2012

I came across this graphic from and it wonderfully illustrates what has happened to vegetable biodiversity since the beginning of “modern” agriculture. One of the primary characteristics of modern agriculture is over-reliance on a limited number of varieties of a given crop. This has led to disasters in that pest or disease attacks run […]

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Virgil on October 3, 2012

Making a huge splash in the press recently is that it looks like some folks are finally admitting that genetically engineered (GE), also called genetically modified organisms (GMO), crops cause a new class of weeds resistant to herbicides. They are being dubbed superweeds because the increased use of herbicides on GE crops has super (no […]

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Modern agricultural science, while often very good, never ceases to amaze me in terms of shortsightedness and ignorance of anything outside their extremely narrow comfort zone called conventional (or industrial) agriculture. USDA and big agribusiness, which largely controls these scientists, certainly makes matters worse. So, I was stunned when I read of some Washington State […]

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Virgil on September 26, 2012

Just a couple of days ago, I stumbled across, They describe themselves as, “a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our […]

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Virgil on September 24, 2012

As I have said before, the Neolithic Revolution is the singular most important era in human history, in my opinion. It is also called the Agricultural Revolution. Without it, civilization as we know it would never have been possible. I would also submit that the people who domesticated wild plants and animals were incredibly intelligent. […]

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