Friday, February 22, 2008
The new Badael/Alternatives page in Al-Akhbar. My article on the history of food systems in Lebanon, and how the local food system were destroyed by over specialization in Mount Lebanon (mulberries) and by neglect in the provinces. My editorial asks: How can the government get away with a voluntary abandon of the agricultural calendar? Answer: both sides are too busy with sectarian build up to look at livelihoods. Rana Hayek asks: with the USDA approval of cloned meat and its refusal to label it, will steaks restaurants in Lebanon soon start serving it? Assaf Abu Rahhal on the potteries of Rachayya al Foukkhar in the West Bekaa, and Mariana Yazbeck on Akkoub (or Akkub), an edible thorny wild plant.