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For the most part this poor blog has been abandoned. Yet, the new Geopolitics of Food is worth sharing:  The 2008 recession, post-peak oil, and the new norm of our global economic climate culminates in frightening storm – and our plates are the stage. What’s being served is ill-conceived reality of how food – for the the first time in our collective 21st century imagination – is becoming a scarcity.

Can you imagine it? Can you image the continent of extreme couponing and ridiculous rates of obesity taking this seriously? Of course not. Food inequality is exactly that  – unequal: Geopolitics outlines how differently we feel it and where belts are going to tighten. In North America we have laughable debates about plus size models making us obese, followed by an episode of The Biggest Loser. This is our media reality, and in it we have lost the lexicon of communicating real scarcity. Until the landscape of images is scoured to depict the collapsing frame – we are unintelligible cavemen.

This woman will model till she makes you fat.

This woman will model till she makes you fat.

But all of this is beating the same cow till it moos milk. Lester Brown makes an interesting point is how food will (once again) be the reason colonialism will the rise in Africa again (Well, not really, but I like to make allusions stretch like 80s workout tights):

Fearing they might not be able to buy needed grain from the market, some of the more affluent countries, led by Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and China, took the unusual step in 2008 of buying or leasing land in other countries on which to grow grain for themselves. Most of these land acquisitions are in Africa, where some governments lease cropland for less than $1 per acre per year. Among the principal destinations were Ethiopia and Sudan, countries where millions of people are being sustained with food from the U.N. World Food Program. That the governments of these two countries are willing to sell land to foreign interests when their own people are hungry is a sad commentary on their leadership.

Africa, it would appear as if your new destiny is… Edible colonialism. No more Dutch East India Company using you as a port for  Indian spices. No, you are wanted for your land this time. Plain and simple, and you’ll get green dolla, dolla bills in return. Or yuan.

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god of cake

You’ve probably seen this blog already. But in case not, be ready to laugh till you cry.

I present to you: the god of cake:

And other delicious tales.

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Was in Costco this previous weekend and saw my first ever cookbook ereader device: It was pretty, nice to play with, and featured timers, converters and a rich level of content with each recipe.

This little number was exciting. I could picture myself cooking, running out of a wine – and being able to avoid a disaster by looking up the ingredient’s substitution in five seconds. Phew-situation diverted. (I can’t help it, I think in dramatic scenarios.) Then the communication student in me couldn’t help but wonder – what does this little device do through the perspective of McLuhan’s Tetrad. I’m pretty certain that as soon as humans began writing, recipes were created. Can’t you see the hieroglyphics of stewed crocodile? Yum (dramatic  thinking).

But I think that for the most part of history – recipes were personalized and did not bear resemblance to the mass produced secrets of Julia Child’s French cooking nor that Naked Chef”s universal localized agenda. But the books were in paper form. You could write notes, edit emphasis of ingredients,  pages would have actual bookmarks and favourite recipes would bare the stains of meals well-enjoyed and happily-shared. You could give your South African- Afrikaans-university-days’ cookbook to your daughter – Thirty years after your first degree.

Demy, you can’t do  that. And are you charming enough in other ways to make me forget what I lose?

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These last three months may not boast the greatest in excitement value. But I thought I would share one of the nice pleasures of living in the countryside. This place, Nutrifoods Solutions, is located ten minutes from our abode. It  sets itself apart from the competition by being different: That is, they care about making healthy products which support the local economy and are committed to the local environment. And I might add that they have the cutest store set up in the most scenic of locations. In that barn they have the friendliest staff selling the best quality foods:You had me at hello

And you can go outside and chat with the locals:All in all, a very nice experience – the next time you come for a visit we’ll go get a cup of coffee and enjoy the pastoral life. Did I mention they also feature classes about where your food comes from?cute goats

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I know. Long time no talk. But have something interesting to share so it should make up for time lost. I stumbled on this site from wordpress’ freshly pressed page – and it is really nice visualization of what Americans eat. I would *love* to know how this chart would look if Canadians were the ones in question and the same methodology were applied.You can read the comments and the source here. But I would really like to know if you think we live and eat differently due to our location?

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