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Monsanto acquires Ethicurean in surprise takeover

Special to The Ethicurean, by Barry Foy Reactions ranged from bewilderment to outrage at Ethicurean.com today, following news that the food watchdog had fallen victim to a hostile takeover by chemical/genetics giant Monsanto Corp. Monsanto’s announcement was upbeat: “We are pleased to welcome...

Bigger and badder: Prof. Phil Howard on consolidation in the organic industry

You've probably seen the work of Phil Howard, even if you don't know his name. He's the professor behind those massive colored charts that show how most organic brands — usually the ones with the bucolic farms on the packages designed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy — are actually owned by...

Digest – News: A grande gesture from Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts bids bye to trans fats

NEWS Better latte than never: Thanks in no small part to consumer pressure, Starbucks has finally committed to sourcing 100% of its milk supply from dairy that's free of artificial growth hormones. (Food & Water Watch) Monsanto's henchmen: Federal regulators are making a few small dairies purge their...

Digest – Slightly moldy: Eat-local-backlash scrutinized, buffalo roaming again

These links are still tasty, though their sell-by date is approaching — you may well have already seen them. Standing up for local: Tom Philpott spent last week's Victual Reality column on the "eat-local backlash," and in this accompanying post for Gristmill, he takes the gloves off and KO's...

Announcing the netroots ad campaign for Real Food

I'm on the plane, supposedly on vacation as of four hours ago, and yet I can't stop thinking about this Hellman's Mayonnaise campaign for "real" food. It really gets my goat that one company spends as much on advertising to associate its shelf-stable, caged-egg-based food product, also known as...

Truthiness and real food: Hellman’s, get your paws off our framing

What does "real food" mean to you? To me, it's this creamy, colloidal beige stuff, made in a giant factory, that's shelf-stable for months at room temperature. I like to stir a good dollop of it into dolphin-sacrificing, mercury-laden tuna and eat it on some Ritz crackers washed down with a Diet...

What the Australian supermarket takeover means

Wesfarmers has made a takeover bid for the Coles Group, which includes Australia’s second most successful supermarket chain, after Woolworths. This week the National Association of Retail Grocers in Australia, which represents independent grocery groups such as IGA and Foodworks, released a report...

Digest: Whole Foods in hot water, apple moths eating everything in sight, Tyson goes drug-free (sorta)

[Update: minor typos corrected in Farm Bill items] This is the last Digest ever. From now on, we'll be turning our 256 RSS feeds over to you to read all by yourselves. Kidding! (For now, anyway.) But only 100 of you have taken our 15-minute survey about whether you like the Digest's recipe. C'mon, tell us...

Label Watch: Annie’s Homegrown and the “it’s-too-hard-to-find-organic-ingredients” defense

This post was revised after publication where indicated to clarify material and correct some erroneous assertions, in response to a comment by Annie's CEO John Foraker, below. On Monday the New York Times reported, as plenty have elsewhere, that the USDA is poised to allow 38 non-organically grown...

Digest: Tomato pickers get raise, Norman Borlaug to the rescue, Wal-Mart retreats

There's a golf course worth of links coming at ya. Fore! Pennies add up: McDonald's has reached agreement with a Florida farmworkers organization to pay 1 cent more per pound for the tomatoes it buys from state farms. Think that's nothing? It's a 75 percent pay raise for the laborers. Time for Burger King...

Digest: Smithfield series, market pressure, more bad PR for Menu Foods

Hogging the issues: Yay for independent media! The Independent Weekly of Research Triangle, NC, had a great cover feature package on Smithfield last week that we missed. The "Big Pig" series examined Smithfield's anti-union labor practices, worker safety, waste management, potential monopoly status,...

In a whopper of a move, Burger King has it slightly more our way

Burger King announced today it will be moving to cage-free eggs and pork from cage-free sows. It is also going to make an effort to buy from poultry suppliers that use gas, known as "controlled atmospheric stunning," instead of electric shocks for slaughtering chickens. The New York Times article doesn't go...

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