Urban & Peri-urban Farming

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Feb16
Local growers contribute to our food framework in our own back yard.

Walk on the Wild Side

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Dec19
Americans have a curious and often tongue-in-cheek relationship with pigs. We love them! Northerners because the pot belly ones are fine pets. Southerners because their bellies, and ribs, and just about all of the animal are fine on plates. We loosely teach our kids about pigs as we paint them as adorable pink creatures with curly tails worthy of protection and play. Take the clinically depressed and angst-filled Wilbur who was saved from the slaughterhouse

Categories : Food

Gentrification: Food As Accessory, Not Necessity

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Nov08
Dwayne Boudreaux, owner of Circle Food Store, said his old customer base is gone. Re-opened eight years post-Katrina, Circle Foods, the first African-American owned full service grocery store in New Orleans[i], is now facing challenges recapturing the market. The old customer base would buy a basket of groceries weekly and “there was never a doubt as to where they would shop”. Despite the specialty offerings, gluten free products, and prevalence of local produce, the new

“Let them eat … just not cake”

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Aug25
When I was a kid, food stamps were these oddly colored dollar bills that select people used in stores “making groceries”, as we say in New Orleans. I recall being intrigued by the brown, orange, and other colored money cause I wanted pretty colored money, not the dull green bills most people had. But that changed soon as I recognized that the refusal to engage in polite conversation was almost always accompanied by embarrassment on

What Came First?

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Aug04
Chicken or the egg? It’s an interesting and eternally perplexing question that has been asked in time immemorial not because we all sit around pondering the origins of poultry but because we as people often do ponder origins, beginnings, where it all came from. Directly pitting and comparing the logic behind stories of creation against stories of evolution feed into that basic human curiosity. And when there is such a symbiotic relationship as exists between

Nothing from nothing, leaves nothing…

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Jul30
Louisiana has a complicated relationship with her people. The latest census revealed there are only about 4.6M people in the entire state. That same census informs us that 83.4% of residents are high school graduates while 22.5% have Bachelor’s degrees. Yet, the median household income is only $45,047. That would suggest the citizens need to seek higher paying jobs. Problem is that employment site Glassdoor projects the best jobs in 2017 will be found in tech, health care, finance

You can’t take the culture out of the food…

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Jul04
My absentee father passed away when I was 8 years old, and the only family I knew came from my mother’s side. My mother grew up in New Orleans but had “people” in the heart of Acadiana – that is specifically Opelousas and surrounding areas. Now after having spent time in both parts of the state, I say that the food preparation differences were reminiscent of Country mouse vs. City mouse. Although for some reason

The Case for Eating Asian Carp

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Jun20
Recently I went to a Happy Hour for the ubiquitous “oysters on the half shell” special. I was lured in by the glass of champagne and the caviar topping for the oysters, because pure decadence. I had just learned how to shuck oysters – well, “learned” may be a very strong word to use here. But I also wanted to pick up tips and tricks from the Oyster Shucker – those incredibly skilled fellows who

Tradition: It’s What’s for Dinner

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Jun12
Did you ever wonder why New Orleans Mondays are inextricably linked to red beans and rice dinner? Tradition. Way back when, Monday was wash day. And if you have only ever seen a picture in history books, let me confirm your suspicions: those old hand crank washing machines were not the least bit speedy; nor were hanging clothes on the line to dry. At that time, folk had ready access to fresh beans that could

Invasive & Under-utilized Species

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Feb12
Educating on the edible nature of invasive and under-utilized species such as Asian Carp and feral hogs

Food Policy

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Feb12
Advocating for more sustainable food system locally, nationally and internationally

Cooking

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Feb12
Converting raw products into a meal is how we pass on our culture…on a plate.

Why I’m passionate about Food Law?

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Feb08
Law is a tool used to protect things we hold most dear. Law is most often used to protect money and possessions. But not much care is given to the things that are the very foundation of life. Food and clean water are the things we need to continue living. Without these there is no life. My passion has grown out of the desire to protect the things that mean the most. We often spend

Categories : Food

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Vehicles Running On Alternative Fuels

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Oct15
Louisiana has lots of green things. We have foliage, swamps, reptiles, and sometimes even the water. Yet Louisiana is hardly a state often equated with the Green Movement. Maybe it should be. Across state metro areas, urban agriculture initiatives are cropping up, pun intended. Local food sourcing is the latest major enviro-health movement to take hold. Solar power panels can be spotted all over New Orleans on new and old houses. There are even electric

Fahrvergnein: Volkswagen Emission Results Do Not Meet Us EPA Standards

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Oct11
Back in the 90s, German manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) used the “Fahrvergnügen” ad slogan to set their brand apart by touting the enjoyment that comes from driving a VW. This was intended to create a new mental association for VW cars with consumers as not just the source of billowing clouds of diesel smoke emanating from their tailpipes.  VW introduced clean burning and environmentally friendly biodiesel and positioned itself for the new millennium to further expand

Sometimes, It’s Hard To Breathe Easy

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Jul14
Summer is a fun time of year. Longer days and warmer weather mean more opportunity to play. It’s too hot to turn on the stove, so in the States we have a tendency to cook out cause there is something about charcoal that just makes it smell like summer! But what are those little square charcoal jobbers really made out of and where do they come from? The trusty encyclopedia Britannica informs us that charcoal

We Will Have To Agree To Consent Decree

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Jul06
New Orleans sits at or about six feet below sea level between Lake Ponchartrain, Lake Borgne, the Mississippi River (River) and its tributaries. Because of our geographic orientation, comics have jokingly dubbed New Orleans a bowl surrounded by soup. As would be expected, water is of considerable interest to New Orleanians. Rain water. Flood waters. Swamp water. Drinking water. Here in the “Sportsman’s Paradise” we seem to inherently understand that what enters the water supply,

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Jul06
In 2001, Justice Scalia delivered the opinion of the Court in Whitman v. American Trucking Associations (hereinafter American Trucking). American Trucking was a landmark decision that held the Clean Air Act (CAA) made no implied authorization to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the costs of implementing air quality standards. In fact, explicit authorization would be required for the EPA to consider such costs. Therefore the EPA was prevented from considering implementation costs in setting the national ambient air

Significant Nexus: Not Another Hair Care Product

 Shawn "Pepper" Bowen  

Jun11
The Environmental Protection Agency describes wetlands as those areas inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater and having a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Those of us in South Louisiana can definitely agree on that assessment. Interestingly enough, the Clean Water Act identifies it navigable waters. The recently released Clean Water Rule, has addressed the definition of navigable waters with a keen eye on what it means to be