Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics


Food Politics

A Chicken in Every Back Yard. Really?

The city of Austin is going to help everyone to have a chicken (or several) in their own back yard.  Just sign up for chicken raising classes (free from the city), buy a coop, and get a $75 rebate. The… Continue Reading →

Farming or Gardening? What’s the Difference?

On Sunday 16th April, the Austin American-Statesman, our local paper, featured a story on an ex-banker who has converted “what was once grass into farmland,” describing how on half an acre (half a football field) she has grown 195 types… Continue Reading →

I’m a Happy Food Waster

  Food waste is so often presented in moral terms. It’s bad, even a sin, to waste food. This is a terrible way to frame the issue. Waste versus non-waste is not bad versus good.  It’s a decision about what… Continue Reading →

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