This Tiny Country Feeds the World


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Could not help but share this great piece from National Geographic about a small country doing wonders with its sustainable farming practices.

Seen from the air, the Netherlands resembles no other major food producer—a fragmented patchwork of intensely cultivated fields, most of them tiny by agribusiness standards, punctuated by bustling cities and suburbs. In the country’s principal farming regions, there’s almost no potato patch, no greenhouse, no hog barn that’s out of sight of skyscrapers, manufacturing plants, or urban sprawl. More than half the nation’s land area is used for agriculture and horticulture.

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Frank Viviano — National Geographic

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Not by Taste Alone – The flavor of food is produced by all of the senses


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Today’s needull is a book review. Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating by Charles Spence; Viking

Chapter after chapter, Spence runs through our primary senses, providing food for thought all along the way. Have you ever wondered why some fine-dining chefs serve an entrée with a side dish of pure aroma, such as the pheasant at Alinea in Chicago, which comes atop a bowl that wafts scents of hay, apples, and cinnamon? It’s not because we mostly “taste” through our nose. It’s because our sense of smell is closely tied to memory and emotion. With his pheasant, Alinea chef Grant Achatz is feeding our nostalgia as much as our hunger, hoping our associations with fall are warm enough to intensify our feelings toward his dish.

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Tim Carman  — The American Scholar

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Eggs


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Mondays can be a tad depressing. So, instead of suggesting some life improvement or business article, I am suggesting a needull on different types of eggs.

Guillemots, seabirds found in the Arctic Circle and North Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, lay conical turquoise eggs. The birds spend their lives mostly at sea, only coming to shore to lay their eggs in the spring, when Icelanders will rappel down cliffs to harvest them (they taste “nothing of the sea,” according to one guillemot-egg harvester, but have a different texture from chicken eggs). These eggs get laid directly on the bare rock ledges, in large colonies without nests, so each female’s egg has distinct markings. If disturbed, the eggs won’t roll off the cliffs, but will roll in a circle instead.

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Rachel Khong — Lucky Peach

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