Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.
1. Farming pays? According to an article in the Bay Citizen, despite a drought and a recession, California farmers earned record profits from 2007 to 2009, provoking an uptick in farm jobs. Reason to celebrate? Not in California, where the news has brought on a new battle in an old war over water allocation.
2. Bt in the blood. The U.K.'s Guardian reported that a recent study of pregnant Canadian women found Bt toxin -- a bacterial pesticide that many genetically modified crops are bred to produce -- in their blood and in the blood of 80 percent of their fetuses. Ag scientists have been saying for years that this is impossible. Uh. . .
3. He doesn't want to be the next Gordon Ramsay? The Wall Street Journal previewed David Chang's Lucky Peach magazine and iPad app, part of which will be published by S.F.'s own McSweeney's; Lucky Peach is set to appear next month. According to the WSJ, Chang chose the experimental, interactive format over TV because he got tired of fielding ludicrous television-show proposals. "Mr. Chang, who is known in restaurant circles as much for his fondness for four-letter words as for his interpretations of Asian and American ingredients," the WSJ writes, "mostly received 'angry chef' TV proposals. 'I'd call Pete and I'd tell him, 'Hey, they want me to go on a farm and yell at people--what do you think?''"