Digest – News: Save our schoolkids (from their lunches), another E. coli outbreak, mass fish slaughter
Basic nutrition 101: The Washington Post reports that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has introduced a bill that would have the government set new nutritional standards for the foods and drinks that schools sell to students outside cafeterias. But just what those standards should be is the issue — should "sports drinks" and "enhanced" waters get the boot, too? If they do, it may derail a major attempt to cut back the sale of junk food from school vending machines and snack bars. Over at Grist, Tom Philpott explains why the sugar-water battle is just a distraction and says that "The time has come to reinvest in public-school lunches -- to bring them up to the level now expected at the nation's tony private schools."
Attack of the Shitburgers, Episode 3,497: 21 people in eight states may have fallen ill after eating hamburgers possibly contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Topps Meat Company has recalled 331,582 pounds of frozen beef patties and 21 products. (Ap)
We are speechless: The residents of the high Sierra town of Portola are so desperate to get rid of pike in nearby Lake Davis, predators ruining their trout-fishing industry, that they are willing to poison the once and future source of their drinking water and kill virtually every living thing in it. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Udderly amazing: Organic Pastures Dairy Co., the nation’s largest raw milk dairy, is negotiating with private investors for a major cash investment. BusinessWeek reporter David Gumpert has the scoop on his blog. (The Complete Patient)
And ye shall know the converts by their gray teeth: Meanwhile, in North Carolina — which is opposite California in more ways than geographic — the Board of Agriculture now requires that gray dye be added to all unpasteurized milk sold in the state, because it's supposed to be for pet milk. (Independent Weekly)
Publix challenges Whole Foods: One of the largest conventional grocery retailers in the southeast is opening its first GreenWise store, in Florida, which will carry a majority of organic and healthier foods. (AP)
Really green vines: Winemakers in Napa and elsewhere are bottling sunshine in more ways than one this year, turning to solar power to reduce their bills — and their carbon footprint. (AP)
"Science-based" does not end the discussion: More about China's ban on pork produced with growth enhancers, including the ractopamine used in the U.S.. (Bloomberg.com)
Just what the world needs: There's new energy drink with organic ingredients that uses agave syrup instead of HFCS. (KETV Omaha)
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