Three Interesting Food Stories Today

The NY Times had three lively stories today.

The first was about China where, of course, pigs are compelled to climb a long ladder like ramp, high above a lake, and then are shoved off a platform to leap thirty-nine feet down.  The idea?  “Proponents say that diving pigs are healthier, leaner and tastier.”  I think that the plant managers ought to do the same thing since studies yet to be done will show that people who tumble down thirty-nine feet get smarter.

The second story concerns the rise in cheese production in Russia.  Ever since the Putin government banned imports, domestic farms have faced a huge increase in demand for cheese products.  Prices have gone up, agricultural employment is rising.  Who benefits most?  Why, its PepsiCo!  Bet you didn’t see that coming.  The article reports: “On a national scale, investments in Russian farms by the American snack and beverage giant PepsiCo are paying off because of the ban on imports. The company owns the largest dairy in Russia.”

And, finally, we have a piece about geishas entertaining foreign guests in Japan, which has always been taboo.  The article notes the very estimate Ken Yokoyama, GM of Hyatt Regency Kyoto, and describes a lovely visit to a set of rooms in Gion where you can enjoy delicious whiskies, hear good jazz, and listen to stories.

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