Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
"The backyard barbecue is where you'll see the most impact from the government's decision to subsidize the use of food to put fuel in our cars. From the ketchup to the paper plates, these are the things that are going to cost you a lot more than they used to. And this is just the beginning. Next year, it'll be even more expensive just to stay home and make burgers."
Carol Tucker-Foreman, food policy expert at the Consumer Federation of America.
Tucker-Foreman says high-fructose corn syrup can be found in most items at a backyard bbq.
Yet another reason to hate ethanol.
Do you know anyone who likes salmon?
This person eats salmon a lot.
Try five times a week.
If you know someone who loves salmon, do not buy them this book for Christmas:
Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe.
Canadian author Grescoe is wild about seafood, any and all kinds. He’s embarked on a long, world-wide mission to update the state of the seafood industry, everything from the Filet-O-Fish at McDonald’s to freshly caught and served seafood at 5-star restaurants.
Jennifer Jacquet writes in thetyee.ca, the website for Tyee Books, “Bottomfeeder investigates some of the biggest problems with fishing: corruption, overfishing of top predators, bottom trawling, illegal fishing, and the wasteful habits of bycatch and the fishmeal industry.”
The findings are not too appetizing.
Salon.com reports the bad news includes, “Oceanic dead zones that, because of pollution and overfishing, can no longer support organic life; salmon farms polluted by pesticides and disease; ruthless bottom trawlers with nets that can destroy entire ecosystems.”
“In a world of globalized seafood, following the trail from your fork back to the hook or the pond can lead to some pretty ugly places,” writes Grescoe.
Grescoe told Salon.com in an interview, “North Americans are quite conscious about their health, and fish is amazing for your health. There are theories out there right now that early hominids' brains were able to grow because they had a source of omega 3 [fatty acids] in their diet that is only possible with a shore-based diet. In North America we consume a lot of fish, but we eat the bad fish. Eating these fish disrupts the food chains in the ocean and creates a situation where there are all these strange trophic cascades. All of a sudden there are more jellyfish in the ocean, more bottom feeders. We're changing the very nature of the oceans.”
There are heavy overtones of environmental consciousness in Bottomfeeder (frankly, I never feel guilty about anything I eat), but there’s also plenty of culinary advice about what to and what not to eat when it comes to the ever-growing popularity of seafood. You be the judge if Grescoe is too alarmist.
Here’s Grescoe’s interview with Salon.com.
To read previous Culinary no-no’s, please click CULINARY NO-NO under my TAGS section.
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE IN THE 2008 BEST IN FRANKLIN-AREA DINING SURVEY
As I post every Sunday, here are the top five most popular of my blog entries from the previous week:
1) THE 2008 BEST IN FRANKLIN-AREA DINING SURVEY
2) I thought the governor couldn't use his veto pen like that anymore
3) It's official: Franklin bloggers are obsessed about Boomgaard
4) Yes that is an interesting piece in the Business Journal about Boomgaard
5) An example of how Wisconsin hates business
Top executives of the five largest oil companies testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this past week on Captiol Hill.
As expected, the executives blasted the CEO's for their industry's large profits while gasoline is headed towards $5/gallon.
One of the attackers: Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California).
You have "just a litany of complaints that you're all just hapless victims of a system," Feinstein told the executives. "Yet you rack up record profits ... quarter after quarter after quarter."
Other members of the panel berated the executives, demanding to know what their incomes are.
Isn't that interesting.
Over half of the members of the U.S. Senate are millionaires, inlcuding our own Herb Kohl, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the second-wealthiest U.S. Senator who told the executives, "We can only conclude that the oil markets have failed."
Senator Feinstein, who found herself in a tizzy, reportedly has a net worth of between $49- million and $109-million.
The Senators who grilled the oil companies' top brass are the same stubborn bunch standing in the way of ways to offer relief at the gas pump in the form of more drilling, building more refineries, getting rid of ethanol mandates, and relaxing the Federal gas tax.
The state of Wisconsin makes a bigger percentage profit on the sale of gasoline than Exxon and Mobil. The same holds true for McDonald's. Why weren't Jim Doyle and Ronald McDonald called to appear before their Royal Highnesses, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee?
Investor's Business Daily published a great editorial last Thursday that says, in part:
"As for those massive oil profits, Democrats want to slap Big Oil with a 'windfall profits tax.' In fact, since 2002 the U.S. oil and natural gas industry has earned about 8.1 cents per dollar of sales — exactly the same as all U.S. manufacturing, excluding autos. Not much of a windfall."
Big Oil is a scapegoat for the the keepers of the Ivory Tower on Capitol Hill. In reality, as Investor's Business Daily editorializes, the filthy rich Senators should be sahmed of themselves.
Here's the entire editorial.