Digest: FDA Commish pleads guilty, restoring faith in California produce, and more

New York Times*: For our fox/henhouse files — former FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford pleaded guilty last Tuesday to lying about stocks he owned in food, beverage and medical device companies he was in charge of regulating.

San Jose Mercury News*: Nutritionist and “What to Eat” author Marion Nestle has an op-ed about what it’s going to take to restore faith in California produce — more regulations and government oversight. She also discusses it on NPR.

AP/Excite: Chicago researchers, ignoring the city’s meat-packing history, have believed that eating vegetables may preserve mental sharpness. They point out that vegetables often are eaten with so-called good fats which help the body absorb antioxidants.

Brownfield Ag News: Researchers around the U.S. are working on developing a virus that will kill E. coli 0157:H7 in the digestive tract of cattle.

Green Bay Press Gazette: Nice article about the pleasures of eating the 100-Mile diet in Wisconsin, and the challenges — like finding wild rice.

Grist: Q&A with Maisie Ganzler of Bon Appétit Management Company, the giant institutional food-services company that buys 20 percent of its produce locally and has hosted two 150-mile, Eat Local meals.

Vinography: A popular oenophiles forum discusses a Herald Tribune article calculating the environmental impact of wine production. (Jack says it’s the first Vinography post on sustainability he’s seen outside of those about biodynamic wines.

New York Times*: An account of the Bioneers conference in Marin, which while listing some very cool renewable technologies and biomimicry techniques, can’t resist poking fun at the crowd of aging hippies and dreadlocked eco-activists.

Grist: One from a few weeks ago that we missed — a despicable, Cheney-canoodling take on how the phrase “tree-hugging” came to be pejorative.

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