As I am not baking this week, I thought I should leave you with something to read.
A couple of interesting articles on the plant based milks folks are consuming and their muddled provenance.
Sales of plant based milks are growing swiftly as they offer a healthy alternative for folks with lactose tolerance issues.
A couple of items that I take issue with in these articles. First, the New Yorker article suggests that that the answer to our foods needs and to farming sustainably, will be to have a larger number of smaller farms, ones that are not monoculturally focused and inherently less efficient. I doubt this will be true - a return to small holder farms - are a challenge for production in Africa and India - would result in massive starvation.
The Mother Jones article is critical of the amount of water needed to grow almonds. The amount of water is less an issue than the fact that that water is not priced in a way that reflects its true value. In California, we grow low value crops like alfalfa and rice in what is essentially desert because farmers have been supplied for years with highly subsidized water. (No doubt many of you have read Cadillac Desert, about the history of water and the dry Western states.) This will have to change.
Anyway, I am itching to get back to baking for you and will be doing so next week.
Your Canadian Baker