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Digest: Poisoned pet food, E. coli CSI fails, Puck the trend

Possible pet food culprit: Rat poison has been found in the tainted pet food that killed several animals and sparked a nationwide recall. Frankly, we're surprised they were bothering to poison the rats, instead of grinding them up into pet food. USA Today Whoops, breaking news has it that the rodenticide —...

Digest: Puck goes Ethicurean, watery news, organic ag shortage

Bravo to Wolfgang Puck!: The L.A. restauranteur is taking foie gras, battery eggs, and meat from caged animals off the menu at all of his 14 fine-dining restaurants, 82 casual cafes, and his packaged food business. He'll also only sell seafood from certified sustainable fisheries, and will incorporate even...

Horizon’s half-and-half attempt at going “beyond organic”

Horizon Organic (the largest organic milk producer in the U.S.) today announced it had published a new set of guidelines governing "Standards of Care" on its company-owned farms. Under fire from the Cornucopia Institute, a family farm watchdog group, and others for keeping cows in feedlots — and even going...

Digest: Serious shellfish invasion, butter banned, Monsanto exec fined, slaughter up close

Genghis Clam and his mussel men: After you've watched "The BioDaVersity Code," settle down for an hour or so and read this award-worthy, novella-length feature about how lowly bivalves are invading and conquering lakes in Michigan, Arizona, and the San Francisco Bay, choking out all other life. The real...

Digest: Mergers, monopolies, thieves, imposters, and rats

Bad seed: A proposed merger between Monsanto (the world's largest seed company) and the nation's largest cottonseed seller could mean bad news for organic cotton growers, says the Center for Food Safety, which is seeking to block the deal. Wired News Monopoly's not just a game: Same merger threatens the...

Digest: Great cloning Q&A, Annie’s mac-n-cheese debunked, SciAm on Pollan essay

Ask the Weiss man: If you're at all concerned about eating cloned meat and dairy under the organic label, read this excellent Washington Post online Q&A in which excellent biotech reporter Rick Weiss takes questions from readers. Make time to read it all, if you can, as Weiss not only clarifies the...

Digest: Culinary prodigy, food-sections roundup, more bad news for fish

Article most guaranteed to make you feel inadequate: A 16-year-old Canadian named Luke Hayes-Alexander is not only the dedicated, driven executive chef of his family's restaurant in Kingston, but he makes his own charcuterie and smoked banana ice cream. If the poor kid weren't painfully shy, we'd say he's a...

Digest: Greens packaging, clone progeny, Fiji brand

Bacteria love bagged lettuce: Scientists are now confirming the obvious — that processing, mixing, and bagging leafy greens promotes the spread of bacteria like E. coli, just like it has in the hamburger industry. Others claim the Vegetable Industrial Complex, with its triple baths of chlorinated water, is...

Eclectic Oregon pinot noir: Medici

Over the past two Thanksgiving holidays, the Butter Bitch and I have found ourselves in the Oregon wine country, sampling a number of excellent wines and enjoying the scenery. Our tour of wineries has exposed us to a number of top-flight wines and a few clunkers, reinforced our opinions of much-loved...

Wine Blogging Wednesday #29: Biodynamic wines

The fine folks at Fork & Bottle are hosting this months' Wine Blogging Wednesday, in which people drink wine and blog about it. We can get behind that. This month's focus is on biodynamic wines. I'm still uncertain what to think about biodynamics, even after the Butter Bitch read and wrote about...

Guilty pleasure: Canned black bean soup, with MSG

I'm willing to bet that every conscious eater has a skeleton in his or her cupboard — a fetish for a particular corn-syrup-laced treat or microwaveable fat bomb. After all, we're not nuns here. So I'll confess first. My processed-food addiction is to Goya black bean soup. It's unbelievably thick and gooey,...

Bay Area pastured poultry panic may be premature

Damn. John Birdsall, the East Bay Express's restaurant reviewer, totally busted me on EBX's blog for prematurely panicking about the disappearance of Hoffman Game Birds from the Bay Area, now that the elderly owner is no longer selling at the Ferry Plaza farmers market. Doing the homework that I should...

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