Thursday, April 9, 2009



Submitted by Serena Hicks (Midlothian Buying Club)

2 c bulghar wheat
5 c boiling water
1 lb ground beef
2 tsp cumin
1 onion, chopped fine
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Soak bulghar in boiling water. let sit 30 minutes or so. Squeeze out excess water.
  2. Mix together ground beef, onion, cumin, salt and pepper. Add bulghar and mix thoroughly.
  3. Spread mixture in shallow, oiled baking pan (I used a lipped cookie sheet). Score the top to make diamond pattern.
  4. Bake in 350F oven 25 minutes or so, until knife inserted in meat comes out clean.
  5. Broil to brown top, if desired. Serve with yogurt-sesame sauce.
Yogurt Sesame sauce

1 c plain yogurt
1/4 c tahini
1-2 TBSP lemon juice
Salt to taste

Combine ingredients. Check seasoning. Let sit at least 15 minutes before serving.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Food, Inc.

FOOD INC. is a 90-minute documentary you'll be hearing a lot about
and it features Polyface Farm. I was invited
by the producers and distributors to participate with them in one of
the first USA screenings Friday night at a huge film
festival in Durham, NC.

Eric Schlosser, author of FAST FOOD NATION (the number 1 selling
American book of all time) approached
Robbie Kenner, a documentary film director/producer about doing a video
version of the book several years ago after
he saw some video work done by Robbie. Robbie was in the middle of
other projects and kind of put him off for a
couple of years. Finally, the two struck a deal and got funding
through the same investment outfit that funded Al Gore's

They teamed up with Michael Pollan of OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA fame and
produced FOOD, INC. which has now
been purchased by Magnolia Pictures for distribution. It opens June 12
in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York,
then 10 more cities the following week and by August should be
filtering down to 20,000-population cities. It essentially
tries to portray the story of both books via video, with Polyface the
alternative white knight. Available on DVD before

Robbie and crew were here a couple of years ago for a day to do the

Many people are saying this book will do to supermarkets what JAWS did
to beaches. I arrived at the festival an
hour and a half before showtime, had a couple of media interviews with
and without Robbie, The festival staff was
professional and had things timed to the second, and instructions to
the centimeter: "You will sit in this chair. When the
first credit plays, I will bring you out this door. We will enter on
stage in this order. You will sit in this chair. When that
light turns on, you can pick your nose." (Just kidding about that

The theater seated 800 and it was full. The audience was completely
tuned in. A couple of Weston Pricer (WAPers)
were there, which was great. Had plenty of vegans too. Poor souls.

Polyface, which is the only non-industrial farm really featured in the
film, occupies the midpoint, and the audience
reaction to this breath of fresh air was unbelievable. At the end of
it, they all applauded wildly--as if the screen could hear
the affirmation.

When it was over, Robbie and I went onstage and took questions for 30
minutes. Most were directed toward me
and they ranged from: can we really feed the world, to how do we deal
with the elitism perspective (price), and how can
you defend slaughtering animals? (this from the vegan). The
audience was definitely supportive of non-industrial food
and gave Robbie and I an embarrassing multi-minute standing ovation.

The biggest concern I have about the film is that people will demand
more government regulations. I did not sense
that at the screening, which was a relief. But of course, I didn't
have time to explore every reaction, either. Interestingly,
Smithfield, which is definitely portrayed as a bad guy in the film,
refused to be interviewed for it. But they wanted to send
a representative to be on stage with Robbie and I during this Q&A--this
request was refused by the filmmakers. "Oh, so
now you want to talk?" was Robbie's response to their request.

You will want to see it and it will solidify your resolve to keep
voting with your food dollars.

By Joel Salatin

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