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Editor's Note: Matthew Prescott is food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States.
As food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States, I have the privilege of working with people all over the country taking steps to help farm animals every day. Fortunately for the animals, one needn’t be a full time advocate to help make things better for pigs, chickens, cows and other farm animals. Here are five small ways to make a big impact toward building a more humane food system.
Five Easy Things You (Yes, You!) Can Do To Help Farm Animals: Matthew Prescott
Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.
Here’s a recent news blast from Eater.com:
“New Zealand pizza chain Hell Pizza is living up to its name by introducing Pizza Roulette. What is Pizza Roulette? It seems the pizzeria will put two drops of the super-ultra spicy ghost pepper sauce onto only one slice of your pizza, but they won’t tell you which.”
In fact, the food world seems to be going toward Camp One and getting spicier. Following are spots where you don’t necessarily have to bring your own ghost peppers to make sure the food is hot enough for you.
To housewife Mavis Butterfield of Gig Harbor, Washington, saving money is a game. And she isn't afraid to roll up her sleeves to win.
No, this thrifty, coupon-clipping mother of two plans on growing 2,000 pounds of fresh food this year right out of her own back yard. Armed with 1.25 acres of planting space, Mavis says spending less on groceries and growing as much food as possible is great way to save those pennies.
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Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
July 14 is Bastille Day, and I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to be downing some tasty French vin before storming my neighborhood royal fortress-cum-prison. Before getting into all that liberté, egalité, fraternité business, the question is, of course, which wine. France makes more wine than any other country in the world - it retook first place from Italy last year, producing roughly 1.3 billion gallons of the stuff - from hundreds of different regions, large and small.
But I do think that drinking a $150 grand cru on Bastille Day doesn’t really put you in the spirit of the thing. It’s a day of the people, the common folk; and even though the only prisoners who actually got rescued from the Bastille were four convicted forgers, two lunatics and a nobleman whose own family had him locked up for being depraved (don’t ask), well, as the French say, c’est la vie. Any of them, or the any of the members of the mob who stormed the place, would undoubtedly have enjoyed the following bottles, all at prices that ought to inspire a chorus or two of "La Marseillaise."
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
It may be Friday the 13th, but there's nothing scary about today - it's National French Fry Day!
While its name would suggest we have France to thank for fries, that honor might actually belong to the country’s northern neighbor, Belgium. Because both nations speak French, the name mix up might have occurred when American World War I soldiers were moving through the smaller country and encountered pommes frites, or fried potatoes. Thomas Jefferson also had "potatoes served in the French manner" on a trip to Paris and brought the recipe home with him.
No matter the origin, it’s safe to say that fries are one of America’s most popular sides.
A severe drought is spreading across the Midwest this summer, resulting in some of the worst conditions in decades and leaving more than a thousand counties designated as natural disaster areas, authorities said.
Farmers in the region are suffering, with pastures for livestock and fields of crops becoming increasingly parched during June, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Many areas in the southern Midwest are reporting the poorest conditions for June since 1988.
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