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Nov. 30 2009 - 4:20 pm | 351 views | 2 recommendations | 7 comments

A Twitter List to Chew On

For those in the social media know, Twitter has unveiled a beta version of its “Lists” functionality, which allows you to categorize Twitter accounts however you wish.  The list is an interesting way of distilling feeds by theme or topic, making it easier to keep tabs on news, particularly if it’s breaking or timely.

At first, I shrugged off the idea, arguing it’s one more reason to stay glued to the computer screen.  But I thought, what the hell, let’s see what the fuss is all about.  I created a list called @kimodonnel/sustainominded, which includes individuals and organizations discussing the why, when and where of how our food is grown and raised, the interconnected politics and policies, food safety and security and anyone that invites debate about what we put in our mouths three times a day.

I’ve just scratched the surface, but already I’ve got 25 (or maybe 27) folks and groups worth considering a follow or at least a quick Twit-peek.  Check it out, and feel free to weigh in and share some of your favorites.

@langdoncook is the voice of  Seattle-based author Langdon Cook, who’s just published “Fat of the Land,”  his adventures in foraging local foodstuffs and celebrating in the kitchen.

@bmarler is the feed of Seattle food safety lawyer (whom I often refer to as “food safety knight”) Bill Marler, a tireless advocate for an overhaul of food safety standards that “puts a trial lawyer out of business.”

@ObamaFoodorama is Eddie Gehman Kohan, the chronicler of anything and everything that the Obama administration eats, drinks and chews on –  literally, politically and figuratively.  Keeps scrupulous tabs on the comings and goings of the USDA and agricultural policy and politics.

@Ediblestories is the umbrella feed for the Edible publication family, which includes 53 regional magazines in the US and Canada, that focus on local food sheds and artisans.

@WastedFood is the project of Durham, N.C. –blogger Jonathan Bloom whose personal mission it is to get Americans to stop wasting so much damn food.

@Tomphilpott is Grist food editor Tom Philpott, a fearless big-ag policy watchdog asking the tough questions  of our elected officials.

@Theveggiequeen is Jill Nussinow, a passionate vegetarian and cooking teacher in Santa Rosa, Calif.

@Kimseverson at the New York Times Food section  and @jane_black at the Washington Post Food section

@GreenFork, the feed for the Green Fork blog at Eat Well Guide

@Jambutter, the musings of Vermont-based advocate and family man Rob Smart, who writes at Every Kitchen Table.

@Barry_Estabrook At Gourmet, Barry Estabrook wrote compelling, investigative pieces, most notably about the slave-like conditions of tomato pickers in Florida.  In the wake of Gourmet’s demise, Estabrook has started his own blog, also called Politics of the Plate.

@LDGourmet is Boston-based writer Jacqueline Church, founder of Teach a Man to Fish, an online recipe exchange and awareness campaign about sustainable seafood. This is just one of her many projects.

@GOOD is Los Angeles-based GOOD magazine, which is doing a helluva job on how to make the world a better place, with lots of regular rich content on food.

@Rogerdoiron is the Maine activist who founded Eat the View, a campaign for a White House edible garden.

@CUESA is a San Francisco-based NGO focused on local, seasonal eats an the force behind the famed San Francisco Ferry Plaza farmer’s market.

@Retrovore is the efforts of New Yorkers Kerry Trueman and Matt Rosenberg who keep tabs on who’s doing what that’s local, seasonal and sustainable in their neck of the woods.

@Eatlocalchall is the nickname for Eat Local Challenge, founded by passionate go-getter Jennifer Maiser.

@Ethicurean is the feed of this lively food politics blog, founded by food writer Bonnie Azab Powell.

@CarrieOliver is trying to change the way people think about beef. She’s working with small artisanal ranchers to promote their humanely and sustainably raised beef. Pardon the pun, but her blind tastings, much like wine tastings, are eye opening.

@Cookingupastory is a collaborative Web site that does compelling online video focusing on the movers and shakers of the sustainable food world.

@Aquaken is the feed of  Ken Peterson, of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with regular dispatches on the state of the seas.

Similarly enlightening seafood info comes from @Hawaiifitz,  who’s known offline as Tim Fitzgerald at Environmental Defense Fund.

And then there’s @CassonTrenor,  author of “Sustainable Sushi” who wears another hat as Greenpeace activist, putting businesses on the spot to stop buying overfished species.

@NaomiStarkman is a force of nature, with her ear close to the ground on anything to do with agriculture policy, food safety and school lunch/kid’s nutrition.

Speaking of school lunch, get to know @ChefAnnC , also known as Ann Cooper, who’s been working in school districts around the country fighting for children’s nutritional well-fare.

@Fromartz is DC-based food writer Sam Fromartz, author of  “Organic Inc,” and force behind the Chewswise blog.


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    I’m not a Tweet, but some of these sound interesting. Trying to reduce wasted food is

    Incidentally, I picked up an interesting cookbook while visiting family in KC. Fresh Indian by Sunil Vijayakar. I love to cook Indian, but my go to book has at least 1/2 cup of ghee or other fat in most of its recipes. Tasty, but not heart healthy. This one emphasizes low fat cooking and the recipes require much less time to prepare. Last night was lemon rice from the book accompanied by prawns and steamed bok choy. Tasty and colorful. Tonight, I’m going to try the pumpkin curry.

    BB

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    I cover antibiotic use in farm animals and antibiotic-resistant infections, especially MRSA, at @MRSA_blog and drugresistantstaph.blogspot.com. All welcome!

    Maryn
    @marynmck

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    I write about getting organic & more sustainable ingredients into cosmetics. Not just in your mouth – on your mouth, your skin and your kids. http://www.ohohorganic.com/blog. Gay Timmons, Oh, Oh Organic, Inc.

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