May 21, 2006
Last week’s New Yorker featured an interesting piece by Steven Shapin on the American organic food industry and how it’s come to mirror the rest of Big Ag. I’ve moved Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma to the top of my reading list.
Favorite part of the article? My rediscovery of the word “immured,” which is how Shapin describes a shipment of organic asparagus that had been held up in distribution from Argentina. The word conjures up images of Fortunato shouting for Montresor. Almost as fun as my discovery of the German word for “bra”: büstenhalter.