weekly round-up of our favorite finds from the front lines of food
- A good reminder to think critically, a 1947 ad singing the praises of DDT as a "benefactor of all humanity" in a round-up of the worst products ever advertised.
- Squid — funkier than you thought. Apparently, they're deeply musical, and they can change colors to the beat, as this video shows.
- Noodle-bots, taking over a Chinese noodle stand near you. In the video, you can see them (looking very vintage Lost in Space) shaving noodles right into the pot. Prep cooks everywhere, beware.
- For pointers, and experienced words of caution, listen to the dangerous art of ham-cutting in Spain that covers the how-to's of slicing Iberian ham, which can send some 60,000 Spaniards a year to the emergency room. Maybe a ham-bot is in order.
- Fastcompany profiled 8 Future Farms to Change How We Grow Food, from aquapods to personal indoor urban farms.
- The part of farming that still has a long way to go — labor issues. Introduced with the attention getting headline Your Food Has Already Migrated! a new report "Hungry for Change: Borderlands Food and Water in the Balance—reminds Americans just how much of their entire food supply is dependent upon labor, expertise, ingenuity, seeds, seafood, and water originating in Mexico."