O how we (heart) thou, Carolyn Lochhead: Under the cheery headline "Pelosi Leads the House to Go Organic in its Cafeterias," the Chronicle's Farm Bill reporter leads with a punch in the gut — "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have left her progressive instincts at the barn door when she drove a starch-, sugar- and fat-bloated bill that all but left out organic farmers through the House last summer, but when it comes to food for Congress, it's out with high-fructose corn syrup and in with uncaged hens and hormone-free milk." Ssssssnap! (San Francisco Chronicle)
Lousy prospects for wild salmon: Pink salmon could be gone from Canada's Broughton Archipelago by 2011, a new Nature study warns, thanks to projected rates of infection from by parasitic sea lice from nearby fish farms. (National Geographic) Related: Mark Powell at Blogfish points out that hatcheries are bad news, too.
The milk mole: Like Pennsylvania, Ohio's Department of Agriculture formed an advisory committee to help decide whether it was OK to label milk as RBST-free, aka "absence labeling." The woman chosen to represent the consumer point of view may have a wee conflict of interest: she used to work for Monsanto and is married to a dairyman who uses the synthetic hormone. (Columbus Dispatch)
Two prawns don't make a right: The only Chinese seafood company exempt from FDA safety inspections under a pilot, "fast-track" project has had its frozen shrimp flagged by Canada for a cancer-causing antibiotic. (Wall Street Journal)
Voldemonsanto 246, organic farmers 0: Canada's Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by organic farmers against Monsanto. The farmers claim the introduction of genetically modified canola threatens their export markets. (CBC News)
Irish public warned not to fall for fake organic turkeys (Independent.ie)