Presented at the 2016 Southern Foodways Symposium
University of Mississipi
October 14, 2016
Mexico, where corn began, understands itself not only as a nation of corn-eaters, but as corn itself. One of that country’s best known idioms is Sin mais, no hay pais: Without corn, there is no country.
But as I look at what’s eaten in both Mexico and the U.S., I have to be honest: We eat an awful lot of Jiffy and Maseca.
Continue reading “From Jiffy to Maseca : The Industrialization of Corn”
“The Plate,” National Geographic • Aug. 15, 2016
“What are you taking with you to eat?”
This was not the question I was expecting from April, my editor here at The Plate, when I told her I’d be reporting in China this month.
Continue reading “I’ll Have What They’re Having, China Edition”
“The Plate,” National Geographic • July 21, 2016
Tasty, if ugly potatoes? Funky-skinned but sweet, firm apples? In a series of low-key blog posts, Walmart—responsible for one-third of the U.S. grocery market—recently announced two new brands of produce with an unusual selling point: The produce would have, under normal circumstances, just be thrown away.
While Walmart isn’t the only grocer that’s recently embraced visually challenged fruits and vegetables, (see How ‘Ugly’ Fruits and Vegetables Can Help Solve World Hunger) its status as the country’s largest grocer could mean very big things for ugly produce. Continue reading “Walmart Brings Muscle to the ‘Ugly’ Produce Movement”
“The Plate,” National Geographic • July 12, 2016
Bad health can be linked to wheat, corn, dairy and meat—and a range of foods currently subsidized by the government. That was the catchy finding that researchers announced last week with a study showing a correlation between an increased consumption of subsidized foods and health problems like obesity and high cholesterol. But is it actually the farm subsidies that make people eat those foods?
Continue reading “Do Corn Subsidies Really Make Us Fat?”