a weekly round-up of our favorite finds from the front lines of food
- Trick or Treat? Even your dinner can get in costume with edible spray paint.
- Halloween isn't the only holiday in town. This week marked the start of Diwali, celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs as the start of the New Year. Sweets, like mango ice cream with cardamom, play a big part.
- Red tide: it's bad news for shellfish (like oysters in Texas) but it can make for gorgeous, bioluminescent night sufing (video)
- Is the New Nordic Diet the next food and lifestyle movement? "It’s about seizing the moment, getting the best out of nature—both cultivated nature and the wild nature.”
- A new program for the issue none of us are talking about enough: the role of labor in building a sustainable food system. The University of California’s Sustainable Agriculture and Education Program (SAREP) has launched a new initiative to improve farmworkers’ living and working conditions.
- "Things are getting ugly in the tomato patch." writes Barry Estabrook as Trader Joe's refuses to talk to organizers about farmworker rights.