Beet me up: Six summery ways to enjoy the sweetest root vegetable

I peek under our hoop house garden bed to check the progress of the hundred beets we planted early in the winter. The greens look healthy and strong. For two months I have resisted the urge to harvest baby beets early. On occasion, I did harvest a few beets under the auspices of "thinning the bed."...

Helping out the Milk Board’s new PMS campaign

The California Milk Processor's Board, which brought us the Got Milk? campaign, urges men this week to tell their cranky, about-to-menstruate women: "You really need to drink more milk." Men can get their PMS education on a new website "Everything I Do Is Wrong." Women may find the site confusing at first...

Memo to raw-milk advocates: Improve information, or get sued

Fifty veterinarians and others concerned with food safety gathered at a raw milk symposium last Sunday in Seattle. Sponsored by the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), “The Raw Milk Conundrum” featured speakers from nearly every regulatory agency in this country,  food safety academics, and...

Take the Raw Milk Consumer Survey

As many as 3% of consumers may prefer their milk unpasteurized, a growing trend that has spurred federal legislation to allow raw milk to cross state lines. As demand grows, we have seen an increase in raw milk blogs, regulatory action in states such as Connecticut and California, and even an increase in...

Schwarzenegger goaded into raw milk veto, dairies may have to lose to win

Interest groups across California got their feathers ruffled this week as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger systematically vetoed a record number of bills — including the Farm Fresh Milk Act. Authored by food-safety-conscious Senator Dean Florez, and the bill would have allowed dairies to adopt Hazard Analysis...

A whole lot of drama: Raw milk, Hollywood celebrities, and a politically suicidal senator

The raw milk debate is heating up in California -- and pasteurization has nothing to do with it. California’ raw milk community is continuing the fight to reform a draconian bacteria standard passed last year. They've proposed new legislation that would allow raw-milk dairies to develop a custom food safety...

Pasteurized salad?

If Slow Food Nation showcased produce at the peak of taste, texture and freshness, a new FDA proposal might just show us what things look like down at the other end of the spectrum. The FDA recently announced that it will allow spinach and iceberg lettuce to be irradiated -- treated with an x-ray-like...

California’s raw-milk bill — skimmed?

California’s ongoing drama about permitting raw (unpasteurized) milk to be sold in stores has turned sour once again this week. Just when it looked like proposed legislation palatable to the raw dairy industry — that would allow those that implemented a more holistic food-safety program to opt out of...

“End Times” for Nebraska Beef?

The wave of ground-beef recalls entangling even Whole Foods has grown to tsunami proportions for Nebraska Beef Ltd.: the amount of beef recalled has reached 6.66 million pounds, as food injury lawyer Bill Marler recently pointed out. If nearly 100 people sick is not enough, the Mark of the Beast's...

Obama introduces innocuous food-safety bill

Senator Barack Obama introduced a food safety bill in the Senate on Tuesday that outlines his intent to increase food surveillance, create a working group of stakeholders (including consumers) to examine implementation, encourage academic research on detection, and evaluate the effectiveness of the existing...

California raw milk: Headed for a HACCP?

California legislators, food safety experts, and raw milk advocates met this evening in Sacramento to discuss improving raw milk safety. Legislators passed new language in October that required producers to meet much stricter bacteria standards — legislation strongly opposed by the raw-milk community, who...

Pollan painting #4: The golden arches

The latest in a series of interpretive paintings done by 5-year-old Frederick, inspired by his mother’s reading "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" and summarizing it for him. (See #1, Children of the corn | #2: Chicken Little at Magic Mountain | #3: Sequoia National Pork) To counteract billions...

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