Tag Archives: food

A Sign of the Times

Every time I go by the Stanford Shopping Center — which is a truly absurd place, I should add — I am reminded of an event that seems like an apt metaphor for the economic melt-down, the consequences of which we are only beginning to understand. I am, of course, talking about the replacement of Long Life Noodle House with Sprinkles Cupcakes.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Long Life Noodle House was a completely mediocre restaurant.  But it served real food.  You could go there, say, for dinner.  We did this on a regular basis, not because of its outstanding food, but because it was close, convenient, relatively inexpensive, and (given judicious choices) offered nutritious fare.  It also seems relevant to note that it was typically quite busy; it hardly seems like they were lacking for business. One night we went there after the kids’ swim practice only to find it abruptly closed.  Within a month or so, the restaurant was replaced by this more than slightly ridiculous confectioner. 

Stanford Shopping Center replaced a restaurant that served real food with one that serves frivolous little confections as the United States substituted innovation and production for financial gimmickry. 

Cool Interview with Michael Pollan

Yale e360 Magazine has a very interesting interview with author, Michael Pollan ( “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants” ) on what’s wrong with environmentalism. Not surprisingly, much of the conversation surrounds food production and its environmental impacts.  I find the discussion of the energy crisis of the 1970s — and how badly we have fallen away from our practical responses to it — particularly poignant.

The Continuing Food Crisis

The 2008 Report of the Millennium Development Goals is out today. Seeing this, along with this editorial piece by The Age‘s economics editor, Tim Colebatch, drives home the key point that the world food crisis is far from over.  High food prices may drive 100 million more people into extreme poverty this year, eroding the substantial progress that has been achieved in the eradication of extreme poverty since the MDG were instituted.