Daily Essentials | 25 August 2016

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THE AXE FILES: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

FAFDL Dedicated Thread on Tom Vilsack’s legacy as Secretary of Agriculture. See also: DES MOINES REGISTER: USDA’s ‘regular guy’ Vilsack persists 7 years in job

THE UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS asks: Did the Local Food Movement Trickle Down to Local Farmers?
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THE EAST BAY EXPRESS takes a long form ponder at the thorny politics of cultural expropriation in the world of pedigreed restaurant kitchens.

THE ECONOMIST: Can scientists teach rabbits to develop a taste for milkweed? . Meanwhile, the ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND asks: What would it take for a Nebraska corn farmer to grow milkweed for monarch butterflies?

BIG PICTURE AGRICULTURE looks at the energy consumption in ag via the latest ERS USDA report.
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KQED: Berkeley sees a 20% dip in soda consumption following soda tax. Will that hold up over the long term? Probably not, but it’s still a big reduction and a damn good baseline.

THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE reveals the secret ingredient in Kentucky Fried Chicken is white pepper.

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SIMPLY RECIPES: One-Pan Roasted Harissa Salmon with Vegetables
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Think With GOOGLE: Food Trends 2016 [pdf] (“Bone Broth” searches up INFINITY in 2016 over 2015 !!!)

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