"Then a sentimental passion of a vegetable fashion must excite your languid spleen, An attachment a la Plato for a bashful young potato, or a not-too-French French bean!" --Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911), British parodist, librettist.
He also suggests the feds define the concept of food and nix the foodstamp-purchase of items that are devoid of any actual food product...currently the case with tobacco and alcohol, whereas candy and sodas made exclusively with chemicals and over-processed sweeteners are still considered food. On the other hand, he says, double the value of food stamps if they are used at farmer's markets!
PLEASE read this article, even though it is the length of a novelette. It is SO important and so creative and common-sensical in its ideas.
Oh Banksy, Banksy you mysterious man of the shadows. The supercool British artist has unveiled an installation, "The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill", in New York City's Greenwich Village, satirizing our treatment of animals.
“I wanted to make art that questioned our relationship with animals and
the ethics and sustainability of factory farming,” Banksy said in a
statement distributed by a publicist, “but it ended up as chicken
Read the full New York Times coverage here. Writer Melena Ryzik describes the show that consists of several window scenes: "A rabbit wearing a pearl necklace files her nails in a window; the coop in the next one has chicken nuggets with legs, busily dipping themselves in sauce. Inside the store, hot dogs and sausages squirm like snakes in sand-filled terrariums, and the floating fish sticks are so lifelike that a visitor tapped on the tank, as if to get their attention."
Insects are intrinsic to our food chain - bees pollinate our fruit, worms till the dirt, spiders eat unwanted pests. But the burning question is...do bugs have sex? See for yourself on Sundance Channel's series of genius short films by Isabella Rosellini, called "Green Porno". These are wellworth the next 15 minutes of your life.
Free Range Studios - also genius! They've teamed up with The Humane Society to promote California's Prop 2, a legislation aimed at ending animal cruelty on factory farms. Factory farms continue to keep pigs, calves, and chickens in cages where they cannot move, and spend their life breathing in their own feces. Horrific, and not safe for human consumption, either.
Watch the clever video UNCAGED on the Free Range website to the tune of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". And if you can vote in California, please vote Yes on Prop 2.