Mike Allen 
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Re: “"It Seems Like Retaliation"

"We take it pretty seriously that we not overcharge something," Ramras says. "And we want to make sure we have something that the evidence will support." Translation: We feel we could convince a jury in a civil suit, just not in a criminal prosecution, since the evidence is pretty weak. You are a fucking liar.

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Posted by Mike Allen on 04/10/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “The Anti-Gay-Marriage Owners of a Sellwood Market Made a Donation. So Everything's Fine.

You could always shop at New Seasons. Just ask for the "Marriage Equality pork" or the "Gender-bias-free kale." They keep that stuff in the back. It was raised or grown by the sweet freckled and dimpled hippies you see at the farmer's market. Make sure at check-out to let them know that you don't want any of your money going to their 69% owner, Endeavour Capital, since they give lots of money to the Republican party. They'll just put a little sticky note on it and put it aside. You gotta keep your money out of the hands of homophobes.
http://gangsteroffood.com/?p=1000

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Posted by Mike Allen on 04/10/2014 at 8:54 AM

Re: “All Tomorrow's Bovines

The sentence, "Yet, there's a glaring problem with this argument: It skirts the whole "climate-killing burping" issue," attempts (and fails) to elide the argument proposed by management intensive grazing (MIG). If MIG produces pastures that capture and store carbon for the long term (and it does) then it offsets at least some of the greenhouse effect of the methane emitted by the cows. According to some studies, MIG is capable of creating a carbon-neutral system: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/artic…
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/artic…
Other studies find more modest carbon sink activity.

In any case, the advantage of raising cattle on pasture is that grass (which we cannot use for food) becomes cows and milk (which we can.) The alternative is to turn under the pastures and plant them in soybeans, which is an environmental and aesthetic failure. Particularly in the Willamette Valley, pasture is more akin to what existed pre-European settlement (due largely to burning of the valley floor to create a more food-rich ecosystem) than grain and legume crops. At least with pasture we have the possibility of creating a food system that both mimics nature and allows the encroachment of natural diversity.

I don't advocate a continuation of the same ruinous food production system that we have now, but I fail to see how removing animals from the system will ever result in a so-called "sustainable" system either. A sustainable system (in my view, perhaps your view includes monocultured cereals fed by gaseous ammonium nitrate) would more closely mimic natural nutrient cycles, and nature gets lots of nutrients from animals.

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Posted by Mike Allen on 03/26/2014 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Snowpacalypse my Ass!

Oh we're all so hip and funny. Shoveling the walk is for squares! Lighten up man. Oh look at me, I'm helpless as a damsel in the clutches of a cthulhu! I need a hot toddy to revive me!

No jerkoffs, shoveling the walk is not only the polite and civil thing to do, it's a matter of equity. When you finally don your Columbia snow coats and your cross country skis to head to the restaurant down the road, how do you think the staff got there? They fucking walked, on the un-shoveled walks of Portland's stay-at-home hipsters.

Even during the bad ice and snow storm of 2005, when walking was truly a gamble even for the hale and hardy, people refused to shovel and salt, the employees at New Seasons still had to get there to make sure you had your beer and tempeh. The elderly just have to sit inside and wait for the snow to melt. Parents have to push their strollers through the six inches of snow accumulation on your walk. Grow up and think about other people for a change.

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Posted by Mike Allen on 02/11/2014 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Portland as Fuck

Annie's Donuts are both more Portland and more delicious than Voodoo Donuts. This article is "Portland as Fuck," if by that you mean lazy and senseless.

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Posted by Mike Allen on 09/24/2012 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Venetian Blinded

Kimmy 47, there are apt critiques of Onstad's food reviews to be made, your's is not one of them. I'd say this is one of his better pieces. It's almost like the Mercury put it through an editorial process.

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Posted by Mike Allen on 09/16/2012 at 8:58 PM

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