Thanks to a drought across much of the major cattle-ranching states and a deadly pig virus, we may soon be doing what those pesky Chick-fil-A cows are always encouraging on the billboards: "Eat mor chikin." Or veggies. Or tofu. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that beef prices ar ... More >>
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply.
There's been a lot of that wet stuff falling from the sky of late, but don't let all the rain fool you: Texas is still in the grips of one hell of a drought, along with most of the Southwest. In the city, it's easy to look at the rain pelting out of the sky and groan because you've got to walk thre ... More >>
One would think that living in the heart of Houston doesn't lend itself well to growing tomatoes for the summer season. Things would be much easier if there was more open space and more sunlight to grow a pot of tomatoes, right? Recently, I spoke with Sherri Harrah, from Plants For All Seasons on 2 ... More >>
This year will mark the 136th time the Cattle Raisers Convention has met, but it's in a climate that these cattlemen haven't battled for a long time. More than 2,500 ranchers and landowners are convening in Fort Worth this March to discuss a trifecta of issues that won't easily be solved. Ranchers ... More >>
Sources say Astros Stopped a deal to bring CSN Houston, Rockets Games to DirecTV.
My wife, daughter, and I are on the last leg of a road trip that has taken us through ten of Italy's 20 regions, from the far northeast to Mt. Vesuvius on the western coast of the south, to the tip of the heel of the boot in Lecce (Apulia [Puglia]). Today we're in central Italy, along the Adriatic s ... More >>
Here's a riddle: why would a dairy choose to stop selling milk to Houston resellers for $5 a gallon and instead sell it all to a giant co-op for a mere $1.62 a gallon? The answer? Unbearable pressure. Local milk producer Way Back When Dairy, run by the Ganskey family, has become a valued resourc ... More >>
Only a couple of weeks prior to the Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season opening, the Coast Guard has been busy seizing thousands of pounds of illegally harvested shrimp in Texas waters. Last Monday, the Coast Guard Cutter Heron caught two shrimping boats hauling up their catches in closed water ... More >>
Who knew the wheat fields of the Panhandle were so rife with lust and passion? Call this story 50 Sheaves of Wheat. Per Connectamarillo.com, Ochiltree County sheriff Terry Bouchard said that 61-year-old Glendon Bruening was enraged when he found out that a fellow reaper had been texting lewd image ... More >>
The bustling East Texas cattle auction that the Washington Post recently featured in an article about cattle prices couldn't have been more different from the near-empty auction that I attended last fall, during the worst of the 2011 drought. "Since we've gotten rain and everything, the price has r ... More >>
You'll probably be paying more for your rib eyes and Whoppers thanks to the great Texas drought of 2011.
Slim pickings at an East Texas cattle auction point to a grim future for the industry.
Human beings: acting like jerks since we killed off the pupfish.Yesterday, we touched briefly on the plight of the idiot fish, a small red fish with giant, round marbles for eyes. It's delicious, despite its odd appearance. And it's also endangered. Yet it's still sold and served across the w ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseCaptain Barry Irwin prepares to set out from Aransas Pass for the day on the La Victoria, a commercial trawler. See more photos from the expedition in our slideshow."I don't eat bait," growls Captain Barry Irwin, pointedly ignoring the plate of raw bonito being offered to ... More >>
Katharine Shilcutt reported on renewed efforts to assign appellations to Gulf oysters, and some commenters didn't like the idea so much. "Seriously," P. T. Barnum wrote. "Were these same oysters selling for inflated prices before their fancy name? Nope. Sucker." But PJ Stoops defended the pra ... More >>
Robb WalshJim Gossen and oysterman Tracy Woody checking oyster leases in Galveston Bay.At the Southern Foodways Alliance annual symposium this week, Brett Anderson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune moderated a panel discussion on "The Gulf and the Spill." Panelists were former Houston Press ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyTom Helm, urban outdoorsman and hobbyist beekeeperThis weekend we were invited to a honey-harvesting party at the home of Tom Helm, an urban outdoorsman who in 2006 was the subject of our cover story "Dark Water", in which he and then-Press reporter Josh Harkinson kaya ... More >>
The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.
Do you love strawberries? Do you love beer? If so, then you'll love Abita's Strawberry Harvest. Strawberry Harvest is a wheat beer made with real Ponchatoula strawberries. Some liken it to Purple Haze but with strawberries instead of raspberries. This lager is crisp and light with a subtle ... More >>
A Houston-based fish-oil manufacturer might be exposing consumers to a harmful carcinogen, according to a lawsuit filed by environmental activists earlier this month.Filed in a California Superior Court, the suit accuses Omega Protein and seven other fish-oil manufacturers of failing to warn cons ... More >>
The rise and fall of pork bellies, by the writer of Urinetown
Is the Omega Protein company overfishing the most important fish in the sea?
"A couple of months would have been okay, but five months is too much," oysterman Misho Ivic said about the newly announced FDA summer oyster ban. Oystermen were taken by surprise last weekend when the FDA went over the head of the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Commission and announced an a ... More >>
Photo by Robb WalshThe paella at Rioja restaurant on Kirkwood is one of the best I've ever eaten. You can get it at lunch with two tapas appetizers for $13. Paella is one of those dishes that can leave you completely indifferent or knock your socks off, depending on the skill of the cook and the qua ... More >>
photo by Robb Walsh These petite-sized Galveston Bay oysters made a lovely breakfast. I ate them with some heavily buttered German sourdough rye toast from the HEB on Bunker Hill and a cup of Community Club coffee. A drop of lemon and a dash of Tabasco perked up the breakfast half shells nicely. Oy ... More >>
This Valentine's weekend may be your best chance to eat oysters for years to come
There are lots of fishing camps in Nunavik, Quebec's arctic region, devoted to fly fishing for arctic char. There's even an annual arctic char fishing derby in Whale Cove, in case you want to try your luck. The highly prized freshwater game fish is a traditional food of the Inuit natives and its hig ... More >>
If you're looking for shining examples of the local indigenous cuisine while driving Highway 59 through East Texas and you've already had your fill of barbecue then its time to pull over for some catfish. I purchased this fried catfish dinner with cole slaw, french fries, odd cylindrical hush puppie ... More >>
Ah, Bo Pilgrim -- it takes a tough man to go from passing out checks on the floor of the Texas Legislature to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but you've done it.Pilgrim's Pride, the toast of Pittsburg, Texas, announced today that it's seeking bankrputcy protection "in an effort to address certain ... More >>
Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops
The future of the best beef in America may depend on a herd in East Texas
Robb Walsh is a James Beard finalist times two
Beneath the muddy waters of Galveston Bay lies one of the greatest seafood treasure troves on earth
Beef-mad Houstonians keep eating steaks
Sylvia Tomlinson fries the poultry industry in Plucked and Burned
Moody hooks a $75 million verdict against a fish farm and a law firm
Passing off cheap fish for expensive red snapper is against the law. But no one enforces the regulations. So Texas restaurants are free to rip you off.
Lynn's Steakhouse proves a few restaurants still serve up USDA Prime
The U.S. beef industry's lower standards have led to an increase in chop houses
Ministry Magic, Rice Wars, Cross to Bear
An Alvin-based rice company, the Prince of Liechtenstein, the United States Patent Office, and an Indian eco-feminist bring global trade debates to a roiling boil on Houston's back burner
You say you want a totally organic world?
Immigrant shrimpers survived Vietnam and the wrath of Texas rednecks. Can they do the same with new fishing restrictions?
Kody Ellis shows pigs. What have pigs shown him?
It's the Queen of Talk versus the Meat Men, and outside the courtroom, master media manipulator Winfrey is already the clear winner.
Texas A&M's attempt to push an animal research center on a black neighborhood has raised a sour smell in College Station