In cooking, the process of clarification entails straining out extraneous muck from liquids so that they might be pure, clear and ideal for consumption. With this series on food terminology we're attempting to do the same.
At our sister site CNN Opinion, author, journalist and underwater filmmaker Claire Nouvian expresses her thoughts on the havoc the international deep sea fishing industry is wreaking on the millennia-old deepwater coral reefs and sponge beds at the bottom of the worlds' oceans. An "oceanocide," she calls deep-sea bottom trawling, as well as "the largest and fastest ecological crime of all time."
"Fish are typically the last wild items on our dinner menu, along with a few mushroom species. Harvesting wild resources means being in tune with what nature can give, as opposed to what we have planned to get from it. So what can the deep sea give us? A scientist has calculated that 'sustainable' fishing in the deep Central Pacific would mean each ship would catch one fish a day. This encourages investors to 'mine' fish populations rather than to exploit them sustainably."
Again, there's that word, "sustainable." We invoked it yesterday when we reported that Whole Foods has launched a sustainability ratings labeling program for the seafood sold at its stores across the country, along with a pledge to stop selling "red rated" - or severely threatened - fish by 2013.
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You may not immediately acknowledge Lee Schrager in a crowd of culinary gods and America's favorite television chefs - but trust us, he's around.
Schrager is the creator and director of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival - now in its tenth year - and its sister event, the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, which donates 100 percent of its net proceeds to the hunger relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength. Both festivals now host a respective and impressive crowd of approximately 50,000 food and wine lovers every year.
Let's put it this way: the man knows how to throw a party - and when you're dealing with lining up an all-star roster of talent, and lots of it, the power lunch is just another part of the job description.
John King's Election Express is hitting the road this political season and hey - a crew's gotta eat, right? Photojournalist Jeremy Harlan indulged in a local tradition, the "Thurmantor" at Columbus, Ohio's Thurman Café.
Every so often, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed members of the the National Restaurant Association on the role that meals outside the home play in the health of the nation's children. She was speaking on behalf of the national "Let's Move" campaign to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity.
While many of our commenters are in support of her - or anyone - taking up the cause, whenever we report on governmental involvement in childhood nutrition, we're bound to hear from those in opposition.
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The 4th Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival took place this past weekend at Lafayette Square in downtown New Orleans. iReporter ParkerW was there to sample some of the city's finest snoballs, shrimp and grits and po' boys in the name of science - he's selfless like that.
"There were probably some who were hesitant to eat the seafood, but they were clearly in the minority," he told iReport of the Gulf oil spill's effect on attendance.
How far would you go for fresh food? Newlyweds Caleb and Laura risked life and limb (okay, some minor shoe dampening and tickly fish interaction) to show off the fabulous, fresh bounty of the Brattleboro Farmers Market in Vermont.
Watch the video on iReport
DeKalb County, Georgia, says a farmer is growing too many vegetables, and officials say they’ll fine him to make him stop.
WSBTV.com reports that Steve Miller is facing nearly $5,000 in fines for growing more crops than zoning regulations allow and for having workers on his 2-acre site that the law doesn’t permit.