June 22, 2007

When Organic Isn't Really Organic | TIME

When Organic Isn't Really Organic:
Albert Straus, owner of the Straus Family Creamery in the small northern California town of Marshall, decided to test the feed that he gives his 1,600 cows last year and was alarmed to find that nearly 6% of the organic corn feed he received from suppliers was "contaminated" by genetically modified (GM) organisms. Organic food is, by definition, supposed to be free of genetically modified material, and organic crops are required to be isolated from other crops. But as GM crops become more prevalent, there is little that an organic farmer can do to prevent a speck of GM pollen or a stray GM seed from being blown by the wind onto his land or farm equipment and, eventually, into his products. In 2006, GM crops accounted for 61% of all the corn planted in the U.S. and 89% of all the soybeans. "I feared that there weren't enough safeguards," Straus says.

excerpted from Time Magazine. Bold emphasis by me. I'm wondering if my grits are GMO.

June 09, 2007

Philip Johnson's Glass House.

I can't wait to see this.

New York Times article.

Tours are completely booked this year, and all weekend tours are sold out until next Spring already. Best chance is to go on a weekday, sometime in 2008!

Remember to eat here in NYC.

I have always loved meatloaf. And now, apparently, meatballs are the in food.

June 07, 2007

Jump Utah!

While in Utah, we jumped in the Coral Sand Dunes Park. Then off to the Grand Canyon the next day.

Jump Pink Coral Sand Dunes State Park

June 03, 2007

Road Trip

Road Trip to Kanab, Utah
Roy's Motel & Cafe in Amboy, California is just a tiny ghost town. Erin and I stopped in search of food in the middle of the desert on our way to Kanab, Utah. Mission was not accomplished. Roy's isn't a functioning stop for anything other than bathrooms though the man sitting inside the diner with two dogs told us they'd be restoring the gas station and the diner one day. He also told us we were a hundred miles from the nearest eatery.

After shooting photos and a hundred miles later at some time past 3 p.m., Erin and I pulled into Searchlight, Nevada. Our choices were McDonalds or a casino. We opted for the casino -- which turned out to be surprisingly decent.

We poked around the Pink Coral Sand Dunes State park yesterday, and hiked on the north rim of the Grand Canyon today.
Photos soon.