Kevin Weeks

Politics as Usual?

It appears that former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack will be our next Secretary of Agriculture. By all accounts, the choice is as carefully considered, intelligent, and unimaginative as President Barack Obama’s other cabinet appointments. When naming him Obama said, “As governor of one of our most abundant farm states, he

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The Ethics of Eating Meat

This is the season for predicting trends for the coming year. Often when these predictions come to pass, they’re more fads than trends but there is one a growing school of thought that you may be vaguely aware of but which I think is at about the point the organic

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Resolved: To Eat, Cook Enjoy With Care

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, for most of us they’re empty promises just waiting to be broken by the second or third week of January. That’s because resolutions are usually negative – especially the food-related resolutions: I will lose 20 pounds (eat less) I will cut down on diet

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Christmas Past

It was still dark when I woke up for the third or fourth time that night. I reached under my pillow and pulled out my mother’s little folding travel clock with the fake alligator hide and opened it to view the green-glowing hands and numerals: 4:45 a.m.! We were under

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Milk: The Raw Deal

A few days ago I received an offer to purchase unpasteurized milk for my pets from a local organic farm. For $103 I’d receive a gallon of raw milk once a week for 12 weeks. I’ll save you the trouble of doing the math: that’s $8.58 a gallon. I’m really

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Review: Domestic Caviar

I had an odd conversation with my mother the other day. We were talking about my father’s third volume of memoirs (not published, a purely personal project of his) and my mother commented, “We were rich!” “Rich?!” That’s not what I recall. Sure, we were comfortably middle-class, and, with two

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