Eco-Bite: Nibbles From the Green Eating Blogosphere

This week's Green Plate Special is a selection of eco-minded food blogs, which are cropping up like wild mint. Here's what's catching my eye (and whetting my appetite):

"Eat your greens" is the mantra of Envirovore, a new addition to the rapidly expanding EcoGeek family. Written by a trio of women in Montana, the blog is a collection of newsy items from around the country, with a politics-policy bent. To wit: yesteday's post is all about the dairy industry's pursuit of a more sustainable image.

Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group is the force behind Mulch, a daily report of what's going on in the world of agriculture and food policy and what the media -- and media makers -- are saying, spinning, spewing. A must-read for Farm Bill drama followers.

Underwater sustainability is the primary focus of Sea Notes, blog home for Monterey Bay Aquarium, but author Ken Peterson occasionally travels by land to keep things interesting. Two new bloggers -- both 12 years old -- have joined the Sea Notes ranks, an exciting way to include the voices of the future. Because of Sea Notes, I learned about this Web-only Vanity Fair piece by British journalist Charles Clover about chefs who are (and aren't) serving sustainable seafood in their restaurants.

Take a Bite Out of Climate Change is the newborn blogging project of Anna Lappe, co-author of "Grub: Ideas for an Urban Kitchen" and daughter of Frances Moore Lappe (author of Diet for a Small Planet). In this space, Lappe plans to file dispatches from the road as she works on her third book, "Eat the Sky." From the book's foreword, which is posted on the site: "If we are serious about addressing climate change, we have to talk about food." Yes! I'm hoping to catch up with Lappe in the coming weeks with a Q&A here.

Public health nutritionist Marion Nestle, who's become a household name with her award-winning "What to Eat," has a terrific blog with the same name. Here, she offers commentary and analysis on the latest happenings in food policy, food safety, nutrition, obesity and food labels, to name just a few. Nestle makes good on her commitment to responding to reader comments, which keeps the conversation going.

Got a green eating blog to add to the buffet? We're always hungry for new items, so add it to the menu below.

By Kim ODonnel |  May 7, 2008; 9:55 AM ET Eco-Bites , Food on the Web
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Not to say your eco-bite and eco-friendly advice isn't great and very useful. However, I'm making a tomato-camember tart and would like to make a fish to go along with it. What type of fish would you recommend go well with this type of dish? A salmon? Sea bass? Trout?


Posted by: A bit random.... | May 7, 2008 12:36 PM

I'm excited to see that Anna Lappe has a blog. Two that I like are The Jew and the Carrot (Judaism and contemporary food issues) and Expatriate's Kitchen (a mom's and cook's blog looking at local versus factory food supply).

Posted by: mollyjade | May 7, 2008 2:40 PM

I'd go with trout. In keeping with the eco-bite-ness of this page, trout is in season right now and it is a mild and flakey treat that won't overpower or take over the tart (personally, I like mine thrown on the grill in a foil packet with some dill and thyme and a squeeze of lemon - yum!).

Posted by: Centre of Nowhere | May 7, 2008 2:42 PM

I've got the green-eating blog you requested: I grow quite a bit of my own food and build recipes off of what is in season. What I don't grow, I buy at farmers' markets and encourage others to do the same. I figure the way to the green conscience of the everyday person is through his or her belly . . ..

Posted by: Christina | May 12, 2008 10:29 PM

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