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Everything looks better when your head’s in the sand: The USDA stops tracking pesticide use

When I was four, I ate my mother's houseplant. (I claimed to have thought it was salad.) As any responsible mother would, she freaked out and called poison control. The friendly folks at the 800 number — who must get these kinds of calls all the time, poor guys — immediately asked her the two most important...

Digest – News: GM soy underperforms conventional, food riots, raw-milk development

OK, please bear with us while we catch up on the last few weeks' worth of news and remember how to pun. The links in the Digest that got deleted are gone forever, however; apologies to readers who'd sent in tips. We did go back and hunt down a few of the biggest stories for the Re-Digest below. Obviously...

Postcard from Orlando II: Look Closer … at the Farm Bureau

Although I'm no longer standing at the Farm Bureau-sponsored exhibit, The Great American Farm, at Disney's Epcot Center, I can't seem to shake the creepy feeling it gave me. One of the most visible parts of the exhibit are the Look Closer screens, which invite attendees to Look Closer at biotechnology:...

Mini-Digest: New transgenic pigs, Wendy’s bird burgers, sodas with gas

The digest was contributed by Ethicurean buddy Barry Foy. Stop busting my chops: Researchers at Texas A&M have introduced a genetically modified hog that has a pair of succulent jowls at each end. Targeted at the "foodie" market, the new animal provides twice the usual amount of the cut used...

Digest – News: So Monsanto, going to take on Wal-Mart? Meanwhile, raw milk’s losing

It ain't over until the biotech giant screams: Wal-Mart says its private-label milk will be produced with no artificial growth hormones, aka Monsanto's rBST drug Posilac. (Globe and Mail) Related: Kroger wants to be able to tell consumers in its more than 3,200 groceries and convenience stores that its milk...

Digest – Commentary & Blogs: Organic+GM0s=win-win?; Swim with Jim; PB & Jeffries

COMMENTARY This one's for you, Anastasia: Very interesting argument by Pamela Ronald, UC Davis plant pathology professor (and co-author with her organic-farmer husband of "Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food"), that we should be focusing on a hybrid agricultural...

Digest – Blogs: Obama comes to black farmers’ defense

40 acres and a runaround: Last week, the USDA kicked out government auditors who came to check in on the government's settlement in a discrimination case brought by black farmers. This excellent Daily Yonder piece has the background on that shameful discrimination, as well as the role that presidential...

Digest – Features: Raw-milk wars, young beekeeper, transgenic pigs

Please, wouldja stop saving us from ourselves?: David Gumpert details the jawdropping harassment tactics that New York and California state officials are using on small raw-milk dairies, including pouring bleach on their products. This despite the fact that a FOIA request from the US Centers for Disease...

Digest – Blogs: Biotech & veggie protectionism, revenge of spent cows

Magi-non! line: Biotech seed producers are sick of France's pesky anti-GMO firebugs, so they're moving to friendlier climes in the Midwest and Brazil. The only problem with Andrew Leonard's funny headline — "Give us your poor, your tired, your genetic modification experiments" — is...

Digest – News: EPA rolls over and smells the ammonia, corn contamination, Farm Bill stalled

We're slowly getting back up to speed, Digest-wise — many thanks to Leslie, on loan from the Eat Well Guide, for her help. This move stinks: Under pressure from factory-farming lobbyists and ag-state pols, the EPA is considering dropping requirements that CAFOs have to report their emissions of toxic...

The spread of transgenic corn, soybeans and cotton

As a follow-up to Tom Philpott's post about genetically modified crops (also known as transgenic or genetically engineered crops), I thought I'd post some data on transgenic crop adoption in the United States. Because products made from transgenic crops are never labeled, it is probably not well known that...

Some good news from California on raw milk — and genetically modified crops

Raw, raw, raw milk!: Hundreds of people showed up in Sacramento Wednesday to support the rolling back or amending of AB 1735, the sneaky amendment to the California code that would likely have put the state's two raw-milk suppliers out of business. Most encouragingly, the Assembly Agriculture Committee...

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