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…for Gourmet magazine, which is folding. I wasn’t a subscriber, but I have tried many of its recipes I got off epicurious.com (keepers: farinata with sage, olive and onions; spiced pumpkin bread…). While I’m glad that Bon Appetit came off unscathed from the chopping block—this article points out that it may have been an either/or situation—(and frankly, I have some standing freelance assignments for BA, whew) my habits of gleaning the small bits and pieces of information and how-to off the web illustrate how McKinsey, and maybe many others, too, view how information should be allotted: through bite-size chunks sans the whole scope and the culture of the food world.  And it’s quite meta that I’m sitting here, giving you another small bite-size chunk about small bite-size chunks taking the place of the big picture. I am going to stop while I’m ahead.

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It’s tough times for the dairy farmer, both organic and conventional across the states, though you couldn’t tell from the bustling Ronnybrook Farm stand at the Union Square Farmers Market.  My heart broke when I read there’s a rise in suicides among them and this from an LA Times article:

Some farmers now are thinking of doing the unthinkable — dumping their milk as part of a national protest next week. “If they are not going to allow us to make a living, we will just dump it down the drain,” said Arie DeJong, who owns several dairies and 20,000 cows in California and Arizona. “We just can’t keep losing money like this.”

Luis Bettencourt, an Idaho farmer who owns one of the biggest dairy companies in the nation, is considering dumping two days’ worth of milk production — about 8 million pounds.

What a terrible waste. What about starving, calcium-deprived children whose bodies won’t ever know the happiness of having a glut of milk and/or cookies? How about a good ‘ol fashioned protest with pickets??

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