Sorry about my muddy boots - a word from your local farmer
July 4th, 2012
03:15 PM ET
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Yesterday, we posted a plea to get consumers and farmers talking to each other, and by gosh, they did. This comment by a farmer named M.A. really stood out to us, so we're sharing.

Who needs farmers? All we are is a bunch of dead-beat, lazy, filthy loons. Some of us sporting big goofy hats that work all of our dreaded lives sacrificing time with those we love only to be condemned.

The weeds are getting bigger as are some folks pocket books. Bugs are getting stronger too. Vegetables aren't as nutritious as they once were and the meat does not even taste the same. Not to mention the salt and sugar laden foods we're all being presented with. We need more hormones, antibiotics and chemicals! Just to "keep up."

Comments: the cost of immigrant kitchen labor
June 26th, 2012
09:15 AM ET
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Chef John Currence's recent essay on the use of immigrant labor in restaurant kitchens sparked a debate that's still raging in the article's comments section. Hundreds of people weighed in, and over 1000 comments later, several themes emerged: work ethics of immigrants, why Americans don't seek restaurant jobs, and who bears the cost in the end.

But first, the results from our poll, which received over 21,000 votes:

If you knew a restaurant hired undocumented workers, would you still eat there?

Commenters chew over Paula Deen, chocolate slavery and food stamps
January 23rd, 2012
09:30 AM ET
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Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Some of the biggest talkers in the news last week were stories revolving around food that might make you look at your menu a little differently.

Paula Deen, change your diet

Lots of our readers have been talking about Paula Deen's type 2 diabetes revelation. The popular foodie has had the disease for three years, and is now a paid spokesperson for a diabetes medication. Andrew Weil issued her a challenge to change her eating. Some folks were outraged.

Here's what readers had to say - "Overheard on Paula Deen's diabetes, chocolate slavery, food stamps"

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PB & pickles, moose nose and other wacky sandwiches from the peanut (butter) gallery
August 22nd, 2011
12:30 PM ET
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Our commenters are on a bit of a roll.

Last week, our colleague Jo Parker extolled the virtues of her childhood sandwich favorite the peanut butter and Vidalia onions sandwich. She wrote in part, "The cool, crunchy sweetness of Vidalias pairs terrifically with the peanuttiness. Smooth or crunchy – up to you. I remember eating these as a girl in Illinois, but I really don’t know the sandwich’s pedigree."

In response, more than 200 readers served up love letters to their favorite non-traditional ‘wiches. They ranged from strawberry preserves paired with mayonnaise to peanut butter and…well, everything under the sun, stackable between two buns.

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Comment of the day: Rice as a tie that binds
July 10th, 2011
02:45 PM ET
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Food says so much about where you’ve come from, where you’ve decided to go, and the lessons you’ve learned. It’s geography, politics, tradition, belief and so much more and this week, we invite you to dig in and discover the rich, ever-evolving taste of America in 2011. The week will culminate with a Secret Supper in New York City, and Eatocracy invites you to participate online starting Monday July 11th at 6:30 p.m. E.T.

From commenter Kelsey on iReport: Rice – the grain that feeds the planet:

I'm an ESL teacher in South Korea, and in some kindergartens over here, it has taken a lot of time and effort for young students to see similarities between themselves and some of the Indian children also in the classroom. Something that my Korean students and Indian students bonded over? Rice.

My Indian student packs her lunch every day, but that food was one of the first things that students could see was the same between them, even though they speak entirely different languages in their homes and are of different cultural backgrounds. "Teacher, she eats the rice and I eat the rice TOO! Same same!" – something seemingly small, but when acceptance has not been easy for some of them, it's a memorable moment.

Read more about the inextricable bond between food and cultural identity

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