Gourmet's Estabrook Back, Blogging

By Lady Bird November 19, 2009

When Gourmet Magazine went under, one of the biggest losses was that of Barry Estabrook, whose writing on food politics set the magazine apart from other food and wine glossies like Bon Appetit and Saveur. Estabrook's writing—on slavery in tomato farms, antibiotic use in fisheries, and the USDA's "dysfunctional" management of the US organic program—made Gourmet a must-read for anyone who loves food but wants to enjoy it with a clear conscience.

The good news: Estabrook is back, with a new blog, Politics of the Plate, that picks up where he left off at Gourmet. On the front page so far: Farmworkers protesting grocery stores that refuse to join a campaign to prevent human trafficking; two pieces on the likely extinction of bluefin tuna; a look at a proposed annual ban of raw Gulf oysters; and a story about the meat industry's refusal to take even the most rudimentary steps to reduce E. coli in beef.

Definitely worth putting on your list of links.
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