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Digest: Pet food case still unsolved, Frankenskeeters, McJobs to be redefined?

Pet food update: Menu Foods of Streetsville, Ontario, the manufacturer that has recalled over 60 million cans and pouches of pet food implicated in sickening or killing many cats and dogs, had begun testing the food Feb. 27 after receiving reports of sick pets. Seven of the 40-50 test animals died. The only...

Digest: Iowa’s gamble, Quebec ponders GM labeling, animal IDs are COOL

"Fueling Iowa's Future": An informative new series launched today in preparation of the 2008 Iowa caucuses. A number of articles and graphics highlight the state's opportunities — and the serious challenges — as Iowa attempts to become an alternative energy leader for the nation. Des Moines Register Quebec...

Digest: Deadly petfood, spinach grower speaks up, end of an era in Chicago

PET OWNERS ALERT: Many cats and dogs have suffered kidney failure and about 10 have died after eating pet food by Menu Foods, which is recalling dog food sold under 46 brands and cat food sold under 37 brands (including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba) at major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Safeway....

Digest: Meaty issues, Gunther on garbage, secrets of seed-free citrus

Not a pig step for mankind, yet: Eliminating sow-gestation crates is just the first tiny step toward humane meat production in this country, says Nicolette Hahn Niman (yes, that Niman) in her op-ed condemning hog factories' typical practices. New York Times Getting even piggier: Smithfield Foods, the pork...

Digest: Say no to nonworking drugs, Rumsfeld and Nutrasweet, cloning debates continue

The chicken AND the egg: It looks like in poultry, antibiotic resistance may be transmitted down family lines — at least in chickens, researchers have found. Banning their use on the farm may be too little, too late. USA Today And speaking of antibiotic resistance: Washington Post reporter Rick Weiss, who...

Digest: Input overload, Moscow tags GM food, fat pigs happier

Ethanol's big, ugly baggage: With prices for corn and soybeans continuing to rise, farmers this year are expected to "pour on the inputs." That means even more amounts of nitrogen fertilizer (derived from natural gas) and pesticides. Or, "genetically modified hybrids likely will displace some chemicals,"...

Digest: Wild birds cleared, USDA censured, protection from transgenic corn

Bird-flu CSI: It's official — comparison between the UK and Hungarian strains of the avian-flu virus reveals the highest genetic match, much more so than the strains found in wild birds. Press release Dept. of About Time: A federal judge ruled yesterday that the USDA failed to adequately assess possible...

Digest: Farm Bill opinions, bird-flu immunity, antibiotics ban brewing

Farm Bill pressure: Those who wanted Americans to realize just how broadly the Farm Bill affects all those who eat or grow food may have done their job a bit too well — it seems everyone has an opinion on what the new bill ought to cover. The latest to weigh in: General policies: A Register editorial...

Digest: Packer ban, organic schism, organic cloning, “ethical” foie gras

Meat monopoly busters: A new "packer ban" bill introduced by Senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin seeks to prohibit the large meatpackers from buying and raising their own livestock, which leads to price gouging and shutting out small farmers and ranchers. This is really big news, as it would basically...

Digest: Smithfield does something nice for sows (!), tuna endangered, Bush pushing ethanol

Shocking good news: Smithfield Foods, the nation’s largest hog producer (aka The Death Star of Pork), is voluntarily phasing out the use of "farrowing crates," the too-tiny cages for nursing sows that animal-welfare activists have been successfully banning through several state votes. However, it is only...

Digest: Why you should care about the Farm Bill, “good” vs. “bad” food, UglyRipe tomatoes, cornification counterattack

Farm Bill 101: Tom Philpott plans to analyze the political economy of farming and suggest a socially and environmentally sustainable farm policy. (Someone has to do it, and we're glad he's volunteered.) The 2007 Farm Bill will affect everybody who cares about what they eat, and/or about the environment, so...

Digest: Ethiopian compost conquest, company potluck, Governator gooses food safety

People and Planet: Somebody tell the Bill Gates Foundation to hold up on foisting a GMO- and fossil-fueled Green Revolution on Africa! A 10-year experimental project has shown that Ethiopian farms using organic compost are producing higher yields — sometimes double — compared with those using chemical...

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