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Primalisms – Food Trends, Health Advice, Illegal Eggs, Financing Foodies, and Heritage Poultry

January 7, 2012

Photo by woodleywonderworks

You know it’s the beginning of January when you get bombarded with tons of “health” articles telling you precisely what will make you live a longer, skinnier life. The media’s capitalizing on everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. If only the advice were worth heeding (I don’t know how many more low-fat, whole grain articles I can take). I’ve sifted through the junk and came across a few interesting pieces.

1) Top 10 Vancouver Food Trends. Of interest to fellow Vancouver hunter-gatherers: boutique butcher shops, more seafood restaurants and exotic ocean dwellers, foraging and canning, and critter cuisine.

Angelina Jolie’s children apparently eat bugs “like Doritos.”

2)  Christmas health advice: Tell loved ones they’re fat. I’m a little late on re-posting this one. On second thought, it’s given everyone a chance to fatten up over the holidays, making the conversation more relevant. In all seriousness, if your loved ones are getting fat, isn’t it your duty to at least try to somehow help lead them to better health? I know, easier said than done, but you gotta try, right?

3) The ‘egg police’ crack down on local grey market eggs. The quota system in Canada is cost-prohibitive for small farmers, keeping higher quality eggs out of consumer reach.

“It’s a huge issue,” says Tom Henry, a Vancouver Island farmer and editor of the magazine Small Farm Canada. “The right to sell eggs is the small-farm equivalent of the right to bear arms.”

4) Cash-strapped artisans turn to foodies for financing. Small scale food artisans are finding creative ways to get financial backing from their customers.

Her Ontario company offered subscriptions to customers: If they gave her $500 up front, she would pay them back with cheese – $150 worth annually for five years.

5) Why you can’t find heritage poultry. Again, quotas standing between Canadian farmers and consumers, this time restricting access to heritage poultry.

Quota is a legal requirement for marketing chickens, turkey, eggs or cow milk in Canada. Without it, the simple bucolic act of selling a block of farmstead cheese or several dozen eggs at a farmers’ market is against the law. It’s been this way for almost half a century. If you want access to the market, you have to pay for it. And access isn’t cheap.

Read something interesting lately? Send me an e-mail – I’ll round up the most popular/interesting articles for the next Primalisms post.

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