Small Plates: Thursday, 7/26

The first hour of yesterday's Diane Rehm Show (heard locally on KWMU, 90.7 FM) featured a discussion of the farm bill currently being debated before Congress and its impact on farmers as well as every day consumers. Most interesting -- and most depressing -- to me was one expert's observation that the agricultural issue affecting most people right now (the rise of food prices due to increased demand for corn for ethanol) won't be dealt with until the next farm bill comes up five years from now. You can listen to the archived broadcast here.

Using science to create better beef jerky? Texas A&M researchers apparently have done so. A cool look at the growing market for beef jerky, both traditional and fancied up. (New York Times)

We haven't checked in with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey in a while. What's new? A major group of Whole Foods stockholders is asking him to step down. (BusinessWeek)

-Ian Froeb

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