Thursday, March 05, 2015

#VeggieDag Thursday: Quick Links for February 2015.

VeggieDag Thursday
VeggieDag Thursday is an occasional Thursday post
on an animal-free diet and ecological issues.


Quick links for February 2015

  • 28 February 2015:
    Nearly half of all fruits and vegetables produced in world end up as waste.
    —Via FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations).

  • 12 February 2015:
    Marcellus Shale field pipeline threatens pristine forest in upstate New York.
    —Via New York Times.

  • 4 February 2015:
    A pint of beer requires roughly 1.5 gallons of water solely for hop cultivation (and a total water requirement of between 8 and 24 gallons, per pint). By comparison, a glass of almond milk needs 23 gallons of water, and cow's milk requires 30 gallons.
    —Via Mother Jones.

  • 29 January 2015:
    Choose blending over juicing for more nutrients in fruit (and veggies).Texas A&M study.
    —Via NPR Food.

  • 26 January 2015:
    President Obama proposes setting aside more than 12 million acres in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, and thus off-limits to oil exploration.
    —A map, via Washington Post.

  • 23 January 2015:
    Tomato 'Sushi:' "a dead ringer for Ahi tuna sashimi?" The plant-based faux-fish movement.
    —Via NPR Food.

  • 22 January 2015:
    Biologists unexpectedly discover fish living deep under Antarctica’s ice shelf, under 2,428 feet of ice and 528 miles from the edge of the ice shelf, far from any hint of sunlight, the energy source that typically powers marine food webs.
    —Via Smithsonian Magazine.

  • 21 January 2015:
    For the first time in over one hundred years, baby tortoises have been found on an island in the Galapagos.
    —Via The Dodo.

  • Fracking in the U.S._2015, by Inside Climate News
  • 20 January 2015:
    Fracking now occurs in 22 U.S. states; could soon begin in 5 more.
    —A map, via Inside Climate News.

  • 16 January 2015:
    2014 was the warmest year on record, since measurements began in 1880. Findings announced jointly by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The 10 hottest years in modern times have all come since 1997, NASA scientists said.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 15 January 2015:
    Pope Francis I on climate change: Man has "slapped nature in the face;" hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make "courageous" decisions. Investor's Business Daily responds that the pope's climate change focus was "even more disturbing" than his "recent leftist statements," and that the Vatican "apparently now has been infiltrated by followers of a radical green movement."
    —Via Huffington Post Green.

  • 15 January 2015:
    "The not-so-humane way ‘humanely raised’ chickens are being raised. [...] The physical toll the chickens endure as a result of their genetic make-up only appears to be exacerbated by the physical reality of circumstances in which they're being raised. The birds are confined to a space smaller than a square foot, and frequently spend their entire lives atop mounds of feces. The result is that many birds—more than 1,000 per 30,000 bird flock—die within the first six weeks."
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 14 January 2015:
    New study: offshore wind power would create more jobs for mid-Atlantic than oil drilling.
    —Via Blue Virginia.

  • 7 January 2015:
    Researchers discover a new form of possibly resistance-free antibiotic that grows only IN soil, not in laboratory conditions.
    —Via Boston Globe.

  • 8 December 2014:
    The majority of streams in the Chesapeake Bay region are warming, and that increase appears to be driven largely by rising air temperatures. These findings are based on new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Climatic Change. Air temperature has risen 1.1 C (1.98 F), and water temperature has risen 1.4 C (2.52 F) between 1960 and 2010 in the Chesapeake Bay region.
    —Via Science Daily.



  • Meatless 'Meatball' sub sandwich.
    —Via One Green Planet.

  • Vegan 'Lobster' Rolls (with hearts of palm).
    —Via The Lusty Vegan.

  • Seventeen recipes for plant-based Super Bowl snacks. (Valid for other occasions.)
    —Via YFGF.

  • The science of pie crusts.
    —Video, via Post TV.

  • Virginia Peanut Soup, but no peanut butter. Creamy, but no dairy.
    —Via Washington Post Food.

  • The recipe for, and history of, the United States Senate's famous Navy Bean Soup.
    —Via WAMU Metro Connection.
    —Vegetarian recipe, via Slate.

  • "Make 2015 the year of tempeh, [...] the cultured soybean cake with as much protein as beef. [...] Fermentation makes tempeh quite possibly the most nutritious, digestible form of soy around. It’s also one of the least-processed, using the whole bean (as opposed to tofu, made from soy milk)."
    —Via Joe Yonan (Editor, Washington Post Food).


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pic(k) of the Week: Wine discussions

Wine discussions

Cedric Vallors (r) – the U.S. Portfolio Manager for Domaines Barons de Rothschild– sits in animated discussions at a wine dinner.

And this was only at the start of the evening: six wines from Chateau Lafite Rothschild, with each wine matched to a dinner course.

The Palm Restaurant
Tysons Corner, Virginia.
24 February 2015.

The Lafite estate has produced wines since the 1670s. It was designated as a Premier Cru Classé in 1855. A few years later, in 1868, Baron James de Rothschild would purchase Lafite.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Clamps & Gaskets: News Roundup for Weeks 6/7, 2015.

Clamps and Gaskets: weekly roundup
A bi-weekly, non-comprehensive roundup
of news of beer and other things.

Weeks 6/7, 2015
1 February, 2015 - 14 February, 2015

  • 14 February 2015
    One of history's most iconic photos has turned 25 years old. On Feb. 14, 1990, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft took a family portrait of the solar system, capturing Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Earth — which showed up as a "pale blue dot" — in a single view.

  • 12 February 2015
    "From beautiful, downtown Burbank." Gary Owens, radio and 'Laugh-In' announcer, dies at 80.
    —Via LA Times.

  • One of these things is not like the others.
  • 9 February 2015
    Austrian beverage behemoth files a trademark complaint with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office against a small start-up Ashburn, Virginia, 'craft' brewery, Old Ox Brewery, for perceived consumer confusion over the name and logo of its energy drink versus the brewery's logo.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 9 February 2015
    Alabama Chief Justice defies Federal court order; urges state's probate judges to refuse to license same-sex marriages.
    —Via Washington Post.

  • 9 February 2015
    Fair BEER Act excise tax relief legislation introduced in the House of Representatives. Brewers Association opposes the bill.
    —Via Craft Brewing Business.

  • 8 February 2015
    Former North Carolina college coaching great Dean Smith dies at 83.
    —Via CBS News.

  • 8 February 2015
    Anheuser-Busch interested in buying Tampa, Florida's Cigar City Brewing.
    —Via Tampa Tribune.

  • 8 February 2015
    "The current exuberance surrounding craft beer is creating a bubble of expansion that will pop and leave behind losers to be picked up on the cheap," according to Rich Doyle, co-founder of Harpoon Brewery, no longer an owner. Others disagree.
    —Via New York Times.

  • Texting while wine-ing
  • 4 February 2015
    “The Internet must be fast, fair and open. That is the principle that has enabled the Internet to become an unprecedented platform for innovation and human expression." FCC (Federal Communications Commission) Chairman Tom Wheeler writes opinion piece supporting so-called net neutrality, urges fellow commissioners to vote in favor.
    —Via Wired.

  • 4 February 2015
    A short history of the 12-Pack.
    —Via Brookston Beer Bulletin.

  • 3 February 2015
    Too much rain in autumn 2014 caused millions of dollars in damage to barley crops in Idaho and Montana. This and a poor harvest in Canada is creating a shortage in the supply of brewing barley.
    —Via USA Today.

  • "Great Beer = Good Jobs"
  • 5 February 2015
    "Great beer equals good jobs." U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) ans Susan Collins (R-Maine) made the case, on the Senate floor, for S. 375, the Small BREW Act (Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act). The bill would reduce the excise tax on breweries producing fewer than six million barrels. Twenty-five Senators sign on in support.
    —Via YFGF.

  • 4 February 2015
    Where are hops are grown in the United States; where they are beginning to be grown; the 'greenness' of hops relative to other crops.
    —Via Mother Jones.

  • 3 February 2015
    The Board of Supervisors of Loudoun County (a far-western suburb of Washington, D.C.) votes to come into compliance with state law and allow the existence of 'farm-breweries.' Six breweries apply for licenses.
    —Via Loudoun Times.

  • Spirit Still
  • 3 February 2015
    Sales of distilled spirits in the United States by industry suppliers rose 4 percent to $23.1 billion in 2014, driven by strong growth in whiskey and bourbon. Show a slight increase in market share versus beer for the fifth straight year.
    —Via Reuters.

  • 1 February 2015
    Anheuser-Busch commercial mocking 'craft' beer airs during Super Bowl. Praises "Macro beer brewed the hard way."
    —Video via YouTube.
    —Negative reaction from Dick Cantwell, co-founder of Elysian Brewing, recently purchased by Anheuser-Busch. Via Salina Journal.
    —Negative reaction from past advertising executive. Via Hey, Beer Dan.

  • 1 February 2015
    Leesburg, Virginia brewpub, The Beer Joint, files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Closes.
    —Via Washington Business Journal.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pic(k) of the Week: Abita frost-brew

Abita frost brew (01)

"Frost-brewed Coors" ain't got nothing on snow-capped kegs from Abita Brewery (of Louisiana).

It may have been 20 °F outside, but festive Mardi Gras good times 'rolled' inside a heated tent.

Abita frost brew (02)

The camera shivered, but the beer flowed. As seen outside Bayou Bakery, in Arlington (Court House), Virginia.
17 February 2015.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ads on YFGF

Since this blog was first published in September 2002, readers have seen few overt advertisements. Until now.

At long last, I've succumbed to commercialism. Each post will now have an ad, placed by Google, at its bottom. I apologize ... but not enough not to do it, at least for awhile, while I ponder if the few pennies are worth it.

As always, if there's a conflict-of-interest in a blog post —such as a review of a beer (or wine) that I professionally represent or a damnation of one that's in competition— I clearly identify that conflict —Caveat lector—after the 'jump.'

Carry on.

Perspectively pinched