One of my favorite podcasts is Gravy, from the Southern Foodways Alliance, where highlight hidden and fascinating changes and progress in southern food -- from disappearing "community canneries" to Mahalia Jackson's once-booming chain of fried chicken restaurants to the strange story of the Tennessee hippie commune that pioneered vegan food in the USA to the Klan's Texas BBQ rallies of the 1920s.
This week, Gravy devoted its episode (MP3) to food in southern prisons, noting that America leads the world in imprisonment and the south leads America in imprisonment -- and austerity-happy, punitive Red State governments have made southern prisons into food nightmares, with some prisons full of starving people on two meals a day, other gripped by obesity epidemics thanks to low-grade, high-carb food. Prisoners fed on rotting food are subject to waves of food poisoning, or on cattle feed in packaging that reads "NOT FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION."
All this means that prisoners leave their incarceration sick, malnourished, and hobbled in their attempts to re-enter life after they have served their time.
In the U.S. nearly 1.5 million people live in state and federal prisons. About a third of them are imprisoned in the South. As the population of incarcerated people has soared, budgets haven’t followed, leaving food managers to provide more meals with less money. Two formerly incarcerated people, Lupa Brandt and Zahara Green, tell us the results are often physically and mentally unsatisfying. Inmates end up feeling sick and devalued. Lupa and Zahara argue that’s a public health problem everyone should care about because 95% of inmates return to their communities.
Are prison diets punitive? A report from behind bars [Gravy/Southern Foodways Alliance]
Last year, McMansion Hell (previously) inaugurated its annual gingerbread McMansion competition, inviting America's bakers to challenge themselves to build the largest, most ostentatious, most ill-conceived McMansion in gingerbread form.
North Ronaldsay, a remote island in the Orkney archipelago off Scotland’s northern shore, long ago built a flint wall to keep sheep close to the shore and away from the cows’ grazing land. Since then, the sheep have adapted so well to beach life they only eat seaweed, and scientists have found they belch less […]
A doctor in Britain leveled a complaint against food company Müller over its latest product, yoghurt flavored to taste like gin cocktails and containing a small amount of alcohol. The yoghurts, which were launched last year, contain 0.5% gin. A spokesperson for the yoghurt maker said the product was fat-free, high in protein and contained […]
Photoshop is one of the most widely used photo editing tools out there, to the point that it’s the default program designers think of whenever they need work done. Small wonder, too: The flagship software in Adobe’s creative suite is very powerful — if you know how to use it. There is a lot to […]
Bamboo fiber is a relatively new thing in luxury fabrics, but it’s no surprise it’s this snuggly. After all, pandas eat bamboo, and they constantly look comfortable. But seriously: To understand the benefits of real bamboo sheets, you have to spend a night on them. This 4-Piece Luxury 100% Rayon Bamboo Sheet Set is a […]
No chef’s arsenal is complete without a good set of knives. In fact, it’s the first big sign that you’re ready to start cooking meals as opposed to just warming them up. Here are 20 knife sets that any chef would be proud to own, from visually stunning old-world metallurgy to sleek modern cutlery. Mini […]