Posts Tagged "France"

Small farmers, Monsanto, and recent trends in transgenic crops

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 | 1 comment

Small farmers, Monsanto, and recent trends in transgenic crops

Manhattan seems an odd place for a protest by North America’s small farmers. But they were up in arms earlier this week, silently protesting in Foley Square that they’re unable to keep genetically modified, or “transgenic,” crops from their fields. The big issue is pollen drift from other farms. Wind carries pollen from crops like alfalfa, corn, and grass into neighboring fields, where it fertilizes the next generation of seed with the modified genes. Organic farmers and small farmers who don’t trust transgenic seed (which has been linked to herbicide resistance...

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Truffles: diamonds in the dirt

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Truffles: diamonds in the dirt

“Truffles are a luxury,” said James de Coquet, “and the first requirement of a luxury is that you should not have to economize.” As I must with anyone who stresses the importance of good food, I agree. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to put that philosophy into practice; good truffles are expensive. In fact, the most I’ve found on my plate at any time has been a layer of raw white truffle shavings topping a simple risotto. Th dish was divine, but just once I’d like to have the experience of sinking my teeth into a whole fresh truffle. Louis XIV knew the experience;...

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Let them eat foie!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 | 0 comments

Let them eat foie!

The annual Montmartre wine festival, Fete des Vendanges, from October 5th to the 9th, was a joyous celebration of French gastronomic traditions. Parisians and Francophiles, high on life from all of the delicious food and wine, sang, danced, and toasted to their good fortune while looking down over the breathtakingly beautiful city. The smell of funky cheese, panfried foie gras, and sausages wafted through the air to the sounds of animated conversation, laughter, and live music. I was in heaven. In theory, the festival is primarily a celebration of wine. However, as I strolled the various...

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