It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

“If a carnivore eats meat, an herbivore eats plants, and a locavore eats local foods, what does a femivore eat?”

I posed this question to my husband, and he twisted his face and said, “females?” knowing that couldn’t be the right answer, but the logical one.

We’ve got a story here on MNN about a feminist approved way of embracing domestic life called “femivorism.” It’s an interesting concept, even if those embracing this way of life have chosen an unfortunate name for themselves.

A recent essay in the New York Times Magazine captures a mini-trend among four California women who are building chicken coops in their backyards. “Apparently it is no longer enough to know the name of the farm your eggs came from; now you need to know the name of the actual bird,” writes Peggy Orenstein.

But Orenstein, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., surmises that the backyard farming offers some educated, stay-at-home moms a green and feminist-approved way of embracing domestic life that she calls femivorism. Femivorism, she writes, is a sort of hybrid between feminism and locavorism.

Click here for the full story on MNN.


The Senate has unveiled a version of the Child Nutrition Act that seems to be taking forever to get addressed.

Today, Senator Blanche Lincoln unveiled her version of the Child Nutrition Act and announced that the Senate Agriculture Committee will begin marking up the bill next week, on Wednesday, March 24.

Lincoln’s bill boosts funding for child nutrition programs by $500 million per year, and includes stronger nutrition standards and modest support for Farm to School programs. She called it a “record investment in child nutrition programs,” which is technically true – but only because Congress has consistently under-funded school meals in every Child Nutrition Act until now. Lincoln’s bill is a decent step forward, but it’s only half of the $1 billion proposed by President Obama and it’s not enough to transform school lunch in a time when nearly 1 in 3 children is obese or overweight.

Click here for the full story at Slow Food USA.


Processed food companies have some problems when it comes to making their food healthier yet keeping their business healthy.

Food companies interested in doing something meaningful to prevent childhood obesity are in a bind.  Preventing obesity usually means staying active; eating real, not processed, foods; and reserving soft drinks and juice drinks for special occasions.  None of this is good for the processed food business.  At best, food and beverage companies can make their products a bit less junky and back off from marketing to children.  In return, they can use the small changes they make for marketing purposes. 
Click here for the full story at Food Politics.


Yum. The Oregon Cheese Festival is this Saturday, March 20. The festival will include local cheeses as well as farmer’s market-style artisan food and wines. The festival is held at Rogue Creamery in Central Point, OR.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: What does a femivore eat?
Food news and items of interest from around the Web for your weekend reading.