Britney goes locavore, swine flu comes to Canada, more Twittering chefs

Britney goes locavore, swine flu comes to Canada, more Twittering chefs

Banning porkers? (Photo by Jeremy van Bedijk) 

• Mexican-origin swine flu—which has killed over 100 so far—reached Canada this weekend. Despite precautionary pork bans and travel advisories, health officials fear more cases are yet to come. [Associated Press]

• Is Britney Spears taking a cue from Michelle Obama? The pop princess has reportedly taken up gardening at her L.A. home. But Brit’s green enthusiasm isn’t political: the hobby is apparently more for therapeutic reasons than horticultural ones. [Telegraph]

• Ruth Reichl, the iconic foodie and editor of Gourmet magazine, tells Time about her new book, Not Becoming My Mother, the life of a writer and why the recession may be good news for food practices. [Time]

• Anorexia is typically associated with teens, but new research identifies an afflicted cohort that has been overlooked: the elderly. Suddenly the generation gap is looking slim; reasons for refusing food—which include acting out against loved ones and exerting control—are the same at any age. [Newswire]

• We’re not the only ones noticing a surge in food-friendly Twittering. A report from Down Under shows that chefs who Twitter are the newest obsession for on-line epicures the world over. [Sydney Morning Herald]