World’s Oldest Spice Bears Vietnam Modern Riches – Bloomberg

At a time when commodity producers are enduring a slump in prices for everything from crude oil to iron ore to soybeans, Vietnam’s pepper farmers are prospering.Black pepper trades at about $9 a kilogram 2.2 pounds, from $2 a decade ago, while white pepper costs as much as $13, a threefold gain, according to the International Pepper Community, a producer group in Jakarta.

via World’s Oldest Spice Bears Vietnam Modern Riches – Bloomberg.

Humans’ Amazing Evolution From Hunter-Gatherer to Safeway Shopper

Speaking from her home in New York, she guides us from the rain forest of Brazil to the latest developments in foods containing genetically modified organisms GMOs. On the way she explains why food is at the heart of human civilization, what we need to do to feed the world in the coming decades, and why it’s not just the quantity of the food we produce that matters, but also the quality.My dictionary says a ratchet is either a tool or rap slang for a diva. What’s the “Big Ratchet”?

via Humans’ Amazing Evolution From Hunter-Gatherer to Safeway Shopper.

If It Crawls, Its Canned: Eating In The Alaskan Wilderness : The Salt : NPR

Nobody throws away a mason jar on Prince of Wales Island. On this rugged mass of mountain, forest, river and sea in southeast Alaska, most of the several thousand year-round residents subsist at least partially off the generous fat of the land. And much of the bounty is pressure cooked, preserved and stored away for the future.

via If It Crawls, Its Canned: Eating In The Alaskan Wilderness : The Salt : NPR.

10 commandments of the real Mediterranean diet – Health & Wellbeing

We’re always being told a traditional Mediterranean-style diet is an incredibly healthy way to eat.

As well as its proven benefits in preventing heart attacks and promoting a longer life generally, it has specifically been shown to help ward off diabetes as well as bowel and prostate cancers. (And it was the only eating plan achieving the maximum score of five out of five in the ABC Health & Wellbeing guide to weightloss diets, reviewed by nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton.)

But adopting a truly Mediterranean approach to eating, especially that which stems from the island of Crete in Greece, is not as simple as many cookbooks would have us believe.

While plenty of recipes are promoted as Mediterranean, they aren’t necessarily the ones research has shown to be so good for us, says Associate Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos, from La Trobe University in Melbourne. In fact in most cases they’re not, she says.

via 10 commandments of the real Mediterranean diet – Health & Wellbeing.

What’s In Soylent : Mostly Harmless

There is precious little good data in nutrition science. Every study I’ve seen shows poor statistical methods, conflicts with other studies, or does not show statistically significant results, usually all three. It’s a difficult field because there are simply too many variables and the parameters are difficult to control precisely. This is why diets are fads. I decided to ditch nutrition and focus on biology. The proportions in Soylent are loosely based off the recommendations of the FDA, though I added a couple extras and changed a few based on my testing. Here is what the body needs.

via What’s In Soylent : Mostly Harmless.

It’s no yolk: grocery giants commit to animal welfare initiatives

Australia’s two largest grocery retailers, Coles and Woolworths, have vowed to dramatically decrease the availability of pork and egg products sourced from intensive farming systems.

The decision was made to cater for the growing number of consumers who are concerned about the animal welfare impacts of sow stalls and battery cages. The changes may not be comprehensive, or all that’s required, but they will certainly improve the welfare of Australian farm animals.

via It’s no yolk: grocery giants commit to animal welfare initiatives.