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Digest: Fetal exposure worries, monkfish might be toxic, Farm Bill play-by-plays

NEWS Not the dose, but the timing: About 200 environmental scientists from five continents issued a grim warning that exposure to common chemicals makes babies more likely to develop an array of health problems later in life, including diabetes, attention deficit disorders, prostate cancer, fertility...

Digest: More China troubles, save the fish, Ohio farmland dropping

NEWS Mission impossible: Mission Foods Corp. and Tyson Foods have quietly told their suppliers they want no more ingredients from China — but complying is next to impossible. A look at China's role as the world's leading supplier of many food flavorings, vitamins and preservatives. (Los Angeles Times)...

Digest: FDA clears chicken and fish for melamine, GM rice to be planted in Kansas, lots lots more

NEWS Chickens, fish greenlighted for food supply: Some 80,000 chickens being held on Indiana farms are safe to eat despite being fed rations of recalled pet food that contained tiny amounts of the chemical melamine, Reuters says the FDA has ruled. Apparently the chickens weren't fed straight contaminated...

Digest: Dairy ads restricted, worrisome hormones in all milk, the Bay Area oyster wars

Like Americans, the Digest just gets fatter and fatter. We'd love to put it on a diet, but there's a lot of good stuff out there, and just as at foodie potlucks, we just can't help but load up our plates. NEWS Checkoff, unchecked: The Federal Trade Commission is asking the USDA and the dairy industry to...

Digest: Pollan issues Farm Bill manifesto, U.S. lags in organic, birds sick, food aid scrutinized

Food Bill of Rights and Wrongs: Michael Pollan attempts to reframe the Farm Bill — that "resolutely unglamorous and head-hurtingly complicated piece of legislation" — as a chance to reform the food system so that it actually benefits the interests of eaters. In his usual clear-eyed, deceptively simple...

Digest Pt. 1: Chronicle gets Pennywise, NYT on veal, LAT on slow food & fast fuel

There will be two Digests today — one for all the food sections (below) and one later this afternoon for other news. I'm Glad and I Eat Frugally: Carol Ness at the Chronicle heads a great feature package about the upcoming Pennywise Eat Local Challenge, in which participants set out to prove that eating...

Digest: CCD vs. SSDD, food borders awfully insecure, fat-powered initiative

What's the buzz, tell me what's happening: The wires and the blogs are swarming with speculation over yesterday's Independent story suggesting a link between the unexplained bee plague known as "colony collapse disorder" and cell phone signals. Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit collects the chatter in one...

Digest: Arsenic feed, fuel from packaging, oyster plea

Department of WTF (!?!): Roxarsone and other arsenic-based additives — known carcinogens — are used in the feed of about 70% of America's 9 billion broiler chickens to promote growth, kill parasites that cause diarrhea, and improve pigmentation of chicken meat. Huh? Even Ethicureans can't escape it:...

Digest: What to eat, green tea bandwagon, pet food poison still MIA

The Ethicurean's Dilemma: Sara Deseran has a great feature in 7x7 magazine about the head-spinning choices posed by eating in the Bay Area. She quotes Patricia Unterman, the food writer and co-owner of Hayes Street Grill, who agonizes over what to put on her menu: “It’s a constant battle: what I can serve,...

Digest: Organic rules changed, irradiation renamed, feed the tank and starve the poor

Bye-bye, organic coffee, sugar, chocolate?: Sam Fromartz reports on a new ruling by the USDA that dramatically changes how non-U.S. farms are certified organic. Previously, only a small percentage of farms in "grower groups" would be randomly inspected, and the group would then police the remainder's...

Digest: Foolish fuel, no “organic” cloned progeny, toxic fertilizer

Fuel for the fire: Tom Philpott flames corn-based ethanol boosterism for what it is — an agribusiness boondoggle and an economic and environmental disaster in the making. (Gristmill) Related headline: Farmers to plant largest amount of corn since ’44 And now for some good news: The National Organic...

Digest: DIY carnivores, urban farms, Puck rehashed, irradiation’s back

Walking the talk: Reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan inspired us to start this blog. That's nothing. It inspired a group of suburban moms and one dad in Davis, CA, to start raising their own cattle, pigs, and ducks. But after killing ducks once, they're now going to outsource the slaughter....

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