weekly round-up of our favorite finds from the front lines of food
- Sushi Cat Island (above, full video here), courtesy of Japan. Sometimes, it doesn't help to ask why. The world, and internet videos, are mysterious.
- Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil "'When I learned about it, that style of grazing, the basis was everybody was producing more grass," said Andrews, a fifth-generation cattle rancher in eastern Colorado. "It's hard, as a producer, to argue with more grass. Because we never have enough grass.'" (NPR)
- Monday was National Oyster Day and it's never too late to celebrate. Chef Chef Eric Woods of Blue Water Grill gives a quick Oysters 101. (CNN/Eatocracy)
- The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest, "the site drives more referral traffic than Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn combined." (Fast Company)
- The most exciting/disgusting food story of the week (depending on your point of view) is the world's first lab-made hamburger that was debuted in London and bankrolled by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. (Guardian)
- Craft beer — the rising tide that lifts all boats: All kinds of businesses ride the wave with local breweries "You look at the (beer) businesses popping up, you’re not seeing any of them going out of business and a lot of them are in peculiar spots." (Register-Guard)
- “Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food” An interview with author Allison Carruth explores the intersections of food production and power: "My argument is that we cannot understand a concept like globalization or history of the U.S. rise to becoming superpower without looking closely at changes in how we grow and consume food." (Modern Farmer)
- An affordable housing project in the Bronx has a sparkling urban hydroponics farm on its roof, built by the company Sky Vegetables. (Agri-Tecture)
- The trailer for A Year in Burgundy (a documentary film on Burgundy winemakers that Polish has done publicity and promotion for) has been viewed 11,000 times by people in 128 countries. Have you seen it yet?