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    25 May 2008


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    Have you read "Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan? It's a great book that goes into more detail about the fact that in America, we have no idea where most of our food comes from.

    I can only commiserate: every trip to the grocery store--organic or not--turns into a corn syrup hunt. It's so ubiquitous, even in basics such as milk, bread, or "100% natural" fruit juices. I guess that's what happens when lobbies prevail over public health. It isn't without serious costs and consequences, but the regulatory bodies do not seem enclined to put two and two together.

    I combined my quest for good food with politics, and decided to eat nothing containing HFCS. It keeps me away from the chips and other junk (even Safeway plain kidney beans have it though--why???). Trader Joe's products have very few items with the stuff, so I shop there, at farmer's markets, and in the produce section.

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    • In Paris, the purest virtue is the object of the filthiest slander.

        –Honoré Balzac (1799-1850), in Scènes de la vie privée

      À Paris, la vertu la plus pure est l'objet des plus sales calomnies.

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    • Annual Geminids meteor shower (shooting stars!) coming this weekend, if it's not too cloudy out at night.