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Food Links, 18.09.2013

  • The political, economic, and ethical implications of eating out.
  • Sobering statistics around advertising food to children.
  • Analysing hunger in Zimbabwe.
  • Debating GM.
  • The return of the short-haired bumblebee.
  • Does artificial meat have a future?
  • Where America’s fresh produce comes from.
  • Is it possible to farm salmon sustainably?
  • How fridges are contributing to climate change.
  • Scarcity ‘puts people in a kind of cognitive tunnel, limiting what they are able to see. It depletes their self-control. It makes them more impulsive and sometimes a bit dumb.’
  • How Chinese demand for pecan nuts is transforming Texan agriculture.
  • What entomology can bring to the table: an infographic.
  • Thoughts on salad, from 1615.
  • Saffron salt.
  • The rise and rise of bluefin tuna.
  • ‘Why does it give me such a bad dose of the pip? Is it … the insistence that they’re purveying “cucina povera” (a style of cooking born of extreme Italian poverty)? Meat is rarely used in this; and, if it is, it’s of the innards and extremities variety.’
  • The illegal vodka pipeline.
  • Purple sweet potatoes could be used for food dyes.
  • Guardian readers share photographs of their breakfasts.
  • Fine art cakes. (Thanks, Mum!)
  • Vintage Chinese restaurant menus.
  • Weird pizza toppings.
  • The results of an OED appeal for references to Earl Grey tea.
  • An alphabet of potentially deadly foods.
  • Flavour connections.
  • ‘Part of [Stalin’s] sunniness mandate was the creation of a Soviet socialist food canon – source of all the meat patties (kotleti), mayonnaise-laden salads, and spicier fare from ethnic republics that would fuel the USSR for its next 50-plus years.’ (Thanks, Nafisa!)
  • Accra’s first farmers’ market.
  • The best butchers in Bohemia.
  • The difficulties of running a fast-food restaurant in France.
  • Fad diets are really very silly indeed.
  • How serving temperature influences the way food tastes.
  • Where to buy cronuts in South Africa.
  • ‘So onto a play set inside a giant Emmental: Cheese, an absurdist allegory of the financial crisis.’
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