Digest – News: Cloned-food label bill, China rejects U.S. pork, squirmy fishy bait

Lots of links piled up, lots of good stuff (especially in the Commentary edition). Note: Just one more week and the Digest editor will get her life back, and the news feed will return to its more regular schedule …

starWhat will the symbol look like?: The first law requiring cloned food (or its progeny) to be labeled passed the California legislature last week. Authored by Sen. Carole Migden (D-San Francisco), SB 63 is currently awaiting a signature or veto from Gov. Schwarzenegger (whose contact information is here). (Center for Food Safety)

China, we’re with you on this one: China said Saturday it had sent back 40 tons of pork imported from the United States and Canada because it contained traces of the growth stimulant ractopamine. Most countries, including China, ban the use of ractopamine in livestock destined for human consumption, but it is permitted in 24 countries, including the United States and Canada. (New York Times via AFP)

Ain’t gonna work on maggots’ farm no more: Cow manure and fish guts and maggots — sounds like a great meal for rainbow trout, right? An aquatic scientist in Idaho thinks so, and he has an $140,000 grant from the USDA’s sustainable ag program to develop the waste-recyclement program, Wait, it gets better — or maybe it’s not so bad: "The black soldier flies are closer to their natural food than corn and soybean meal," says a fish nutritionist. (ABC News)

starFlood of sympathy: Sam Fromartz reports on the deluged farms in the Upper Midwest, and how loyal customers — including, after a bad stumble, Whole Foods — are helping those farmers pull through. The natural grocery superstar just can’t get a clue, it seems, when it comes to PR. (Chews Wise)

Pass on the popcorn shrimp: The FDA has gotten tough on seafood from China, but has failed to apply the same standard to seafood supplied from other large exporters in say, Vietnam and Thailand, that use the same chemicals and fish-farming techniques (Chicago Tribune)

Sugar water back in schools: Soda makers voluntarily withdrew soft drinks from schools last year. But because of a quietly executed amendment in late April, “other drinks” with no more than 66 calories per eight ounces are now allowed. (New York Times)

Sweet and lows: A psychologist argues that chocolate is not addictive, but that society’s attitudes about candy make it more desirable. (Reuters)

Foot and mouth found in second UK herd (Washington Post)

Food producers are pushing back against ethanol (Los Angeles Times)

Man, woman, dozens of goats killed on Florida farm (WFTV Orlando)

L.A. considers a two-year moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in South L.A. (Los Angeles Times)

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