Wednesday, May 7, 2014

5/7 LARRY LIPSON, LISA HAMILTON, HARPER'S MAGAZINE


LARRY LIPSON - WINE REPORT FROM FLORIDA

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Costa Rica weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.




LISA HAMILTON – WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER, THE MAY ISSUE OF HARPER'S MAGAZINE CHRONICLES THE WORLDWIDE FOOD FIGHT OVER QUINOA 

In the May issue of Harper’s Magazine, Lisa Hamilton chronicles the worldwide food fight over quinoa. Yes, it's the grain-like seed that launched a thousand hipster jokes—but it's also a miracle crop that can flourish in the face of cold, drought, and salt-saturated terrain. Given this amazing resilience, it could add substantially to global agricultural production, if only the Bolivians, who have the world's biggest seed bank, would share it. But for both cultural and economic reasons, the Bolivians have turned into genetic protectionists. Hamilton journeys from the Andes to a multimillion-dollar greenhouse facility in Provo, Utah, where two Mormon agronomists are desperately trying to produce hybrid quinoa—the sort of thing that will feed the starving masses and put quinoa granola bars "in every Walmart in America."

Writer and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton focuses on agriculture and rural communities. Her work has taken her from castration time on a Wyoming sheep ranch to a meeting of radical plant breeders in Iowa; from dairy farms in the highlands of Bavaria to sacred rice paddies along the coast of Japan. She is the author of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness, and her work has also been published in Harper's, The Atlantic, McSweeney's, Orion, and Gastronomica.
As a fellow with the Alicia Patterson Foundation in 2010, she explored the uncertain future that American agriculture faces as a result of climate change, depleted water resources and the end of cheap energy. More recently she has focused on her home state of California, exploring its rural communities and landscapes for the multimedia work Real Rural .
About Harper’s Magazine

Harper’s Magazine, the oldest general-interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation, through long-form narrative journalism and essays, and such celebrated features as the iconic Harper’s Index. With its emphasis on fine writing and original thought Harper’s provides readers with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture. The essays, fiction, and reporting in the magazine’s pages come from promising new voices, as well as some of the most distinguished names in American letters, among them Annie Dillard, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Gaitskill, David Foster Wallace, and Tom Wolfe.

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