Tagged: food industry

VIDEO: @CanarsieBK Speaks At Occupy LA

I was so proud to see that fellow blogger and urban organic gardener extraordinaire CanarsieBK, Mike Lieberman, speaking at Occupy L.A. earlier this month. His topic was growing your own food, the similarities between the food and financial industries and how we can be the change we want to see.

Src: Speech About Growing Your Own Food at OccupyLA

Food Network Welcomes Hipper, Younger Brother: The Cooking Channel

“The feel and style we’re going for is a little grittier, a little edgier, a little hipper,” said Bruce Seidel, the senior vice president for programming and production for the Cooking Channel.

It seems like TLC, The Travel Channel’s action packed food lineup and ABC’s “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” is putting a hurting on the more bland programming of Food Network. The execs got the message and are looking to switch it up a bit on a whole new channel.

The Cooking Channel is targeting the younger, hipster hipper crowd and maybe even the more eco-conscious viewer with younger cooks and fresher programming. I know what you’re thinking, people who cook that are even younger than Rachel Ray and Bobby Flay? Is that even possible? Well it is and apparently Food Network has finally figured that out. Yes, there is always Ace Of Cakes but they’re not enough.

Seems like there will still be no serious discussion about food on this network though and we will have to leave that to Michael Pollan who has had some words about the Food Network in the past. The new network is, however, considering featuring programs that feature killing chickens on air which I guess the Supreme Court would think is ok.

Also they are considering programming on eating disorders and obesity. Can you imagine a food network doing a show on people who throw up food? Continue reading

Food Network Addicts Stand Up, Author Michael Pollan Has Some Words For You

Duff Goldman, founder of Charm City Cakes, dude on Ace of Cakes. And yes, those are cakes around him.

Recently Michael Pollan took a few shots at the Food Network. For those who don’t know Michael Pollan is an author, columnist, activist, who has written extensively about the food industry in the United States without being an evangelist for vegetarianism or veganism.

I like Ace of Cakes, sometimes BBQ with Bobby Flay and I always enjoy the thinking person’s cooking show Good Eats with Alton Brown. There is a lot that the Food Network is lacking as a whole though.

Sure there are people starving in the world and the Food Network would be like porn to them. I get that. Sure there are mega corporations running the food industry in the U.S. and most Americans have no idea where their food actually comes from. The Food Network offers no discussion of any of this.

It’s great that rappers like Homeboy Sandman that have such an array of subject matter and song titles that it makes my job that much easier. This Queens MC is a fan of variety which is pretty refreshing or should I say nutritious.

Sure they don’t and I caught that, but I didn’t consider some of the observations Michael Pollan put forth in a New York Times article called “Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch” where he discusses the fact that Americans have been watching food shows more while eating fast food and cooking less.

“How is it that we are so eager to watch other people browning beef cubes on screen but so much less eager to brown them ourselves? Continue reading