Food Chains looks behind the scenes at our food industry, emphasizing not only the origins but also the politics and fraud of food production. Using information graphics and on-the-scene sketching, Blechman travels to the world’s biggest pasta plant, traces the manufacture of olive oil, visits a Parmigiano cheese facility. Published as an interactive piece by The New York Times, the full stories can be read here.
One of the most lucrative forms of fraud in the food world is adulterated extra virgin olive oil. Easy to doctor and difficult to detect, Extra VIrgin Suicide tells the story of fake olive oil, and how not to be duped. View here.
San Marzano Tomatoes
For almost two centuries, farmers near Naples have grown the legendary San Marzano tomatoes. This way of life is now threatened with tomatoes falsely labeled San Marzano, but actually grown in China or New Jersey. View here.