New York Times: The FDA says meat and milk from cloned animals is safe, but don't panic — yet. The technology will make cloning too expensive just for making burgers and milkshakes, more likely being used to clone a prize stud steer. And, if not banned from using it, organic producers say they would shun it. No word yet on whether remnants of cloned animals will be turned into feed for other animals
CBS4Boston.com: Some companies, including Ben & Jerry's, are considering a "clone-free" label if the FDA goes ahead with its stance that such meat and dairy need not be labeled, in the face of consumer skepticism.
BusinessWeek.com: David Gumpert has an article on the growing number of consumers — and institutions — interested in buying fresh from the farm. [By the way, we were mistaken in thinking Gumpert has a new column for BW.com; it's the same one on small business he's had for a while.]
WorldChanging.com: "Grub" author Anna Lappé on why we need a "morality of technology."
Denver Post: An otherwise forgettable story about organic herb farming has an interesting chart at the bottom comparing states' number of certified organic acres of produce in 2005. California is first, with 57,732 acres, followed by Washington (10,331), Virginia (4,859), Oregon (3,737), and Arizona (3,639).
Albany Times Union: Before you reach for another Christmas cookie, read this blow-by-blow description of how your body reacts to and breaks down that sugary treat.
BBC: The BBC lists 100 things that we didn't know last year, including some items of interest to Ethicureans: A single cow produces 400 liters of methane per day (#27); Seeds stored for 200 years can be brought back to life (#34); A three-bedroom house could collect 120,000 liters of water per year (#83). The last item is interesting as collected rainfall could reduce the burden on storm drain systems and provide water for lush American lawns and other non-potable needs. (via Slashdot)