Archive | Winter 2008-2009 Issue

Winter 2009 Table of Contents

DEPARTMENTS
4 GRIST FOR THE MILL
Change
7 NOTABLE EDIBLES
Tasty tidbits to savor
17 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
With Czech & Sloval Museum director Jason Wright
By Rob Cline
26 EDIBLE IMBIBABLES
Cedar Ridge Lemoncella
By Katie Roche
24 INCREDIBLE EDIBLES
CR’s flooded restaurants rebuild
By Brian Morelli
30 ADVERTISER DIRECTORY
Support those who support local food
31 SUBSCRIPTION FORM
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FEATURES
22 NAIS/COOL
Are bureaucrats deciding what you eat?
— Kristine Kopperud Jepsen
8 AN IOWA ICON
MaidRites in their 9th decade
— By Riki Saltzman
10 EDIBLE NATION
Your local grocer can save the world
— By Mark Ruhlman
20 LOCAL HEROES
Edible Iowa’s readers have spoken
28 EDIBLE COMMUNITIES
Edibles around the country
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In October 2008, when country of origin tags appeared on other meats at the counter, a few loopholes blew the debate wide open.  “As written, the law states that we must label fresh meats [along with fresh fruits, vegetables, peanuts and certain nuts], but then it says that processed versions of those foods are exempt,” Lovera explains. And, “processed” has been defined by the USDA as broadly as possible, going so far as to include smoking, curing (think ham and bacon), roasting, and adding one other covered ingredient. “If you mix the proverbial peas and carrots, they’re exempt, even if they were imported from other countries.”

Also exempt are establishments that buy less than $230,000 in products per year, a designation that includes most meat and fish markets (where the goods are typically produced, not purchased). The third troubling facet is labeling that states meats “might be from” multiple countries, typically the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This generalization covers animals raised in one country but butchered in another, or meats combined during processing to make ground products. “We thought we had agreement on the rule that animals born, raised, and slaughtered here would be identifiable and labeled accordingly,” Lovera … Read More

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