Jell-O as the Perfect Recession Food; The High Price of Cheap Food


Could Jell-O be the perfect food in these tough economic times? At $1.09 for a box of Jell-O or $1.59 for a box of unflavored Knox gelatin, it’s cheaper and easier than many desserts.

The recent comprehensive review of organic food that resulted in the conclusion that it’s not more nutritious than conventional has been contested by organic food advocates. Now, the USDA has plans to audit the National Organic Program responsible for organic certification.

We’re already seeing the effects of cheap industrially produced food on our bodies and farmland — and it’s only going to get worse. Around the world, demand for meat and poultry is set to rise 25 percent by 2015, which the earth cannot support.

BK Farmyards converts private backyards into organic farms and splits the crops with homeowners. The Brooklyn company plants, tends, and harvests the crops in exchange for a cash payment or a share of the harvest.
[NY Daily News]

Boggy Creek Farm, two miles from Austin’s downtown, has developed a high profile from being so close to Whole Foods’ headquarters. The grocery chain not only sells Boggy Creek’s produce, but also posts signs naming the farm when it does.
[Wall Street Journal]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 21, 2009


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