Weekly Wrap

 Pine nut mouth? Hank Shaw caught and cooked San Francisco Bay leopard sharks (Missourians can substitute swordfish). Idiot Harry Smith flayed himself with a mandoline on live tv. The potential for homebrewing to run afoul of archaic state laws got attention from USA Today. Columbia’s local produce market got a little more crowded – this time just north of downtown. Denny’s accelerated it’s generations-long march into oblivion with a fried mozzarrella stick-filled grilled cheese. Sauce Magazine made a long-overdue defense of “the taste of Midwestern shame,” Provel cheese. Amid news that the parent company of Vermont’s Magic Hat brewing (among others) is being bought out, Anheuser-Busch announced it’s raising the price of Busch Light. Good luck with that, guys.

Have a good weekend everybody.

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Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

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  1. Regarding the CCUA link….I have a really hard time with the idea of non-profits using tax-free donations and volunteer labor to actively undercut & undersell private businesses. I know some of the folks at CCUA, and they mean well and work hard, but it’s illegal for any private/for-profit farm like mine to recieve donations or use volunteer labor. Small farms around the country are increasingly getting busted for violations of labor law in using volunteers. That’s why we pay our employees above the table, and why we don’t employ/use more people even though we could achieve more if we did.

    The end result of this kind of thing is to teach people that food is artificially cheap; it’s why you see complaints that farmers markets are so expensive. If I had access to tax-free donations and legal free labor and didn’t have to earn a profit, I could sell cheaper food, too. In the long run, it doesn’t really support sustainable agriculture to undercut private small farms and teach customers not to pay a fair price.

    How would a private garage owner feel if a non-profit garage opened up down the street using volunteer mechanics’ labor and taking free donations to keep the lights on? Might get people’s cars fixed cheaper, but it’s not exactly fair for the business owner who has to play by the different set of rules for those who dare to try to make money.

    Like I said, I know some of the CCUA folks (one works for us part time) and I don’t intend this as a personal slam against them. It’s a larger question of how we treat private vs. non-profit businesses in this country, and how we handle our food system in general. This is just a small cog in a much larger problem.

    Why is so much of our system set up to make “profit” a dirty word?

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