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Hacking meat: Cloning animals for art, profit, and food

    BoingBoing TV's entertaining visit to Machine Project's tissue-culturing workshop in L.A. (embedded above; let it load for a minute or two before playing) reminded me that the FDA had originally said it would announce this month whether it had determined cloned meat and dairy were safe for the...

Digest – News: GM corn could harm river ecosystems, microwaveable food safety, conservation coalition

Whoopsy, guess we forgot to test for that: An Indiana University study suggests that Bt corn, the widely planted genetically engineered corn, could harm aquatic ecosystems by killing insects that fish commonly feed on. The study also shows that parts of Bt corn can travel as far as 2,000 meters away from...

Digest – News: Cloned-food label bill, China rejects U.S. pork, squirmy fishy bait

Lots of links piled up, lots of good stuff (especially in the Commentary edition). Note: Just one more week and the Digest editor will get her life back, and the news feed will return to its more regular schedule ... What will the symbol look like?: The first law requiring cloned food (or its progeny) to be...

Digest: Farmed fish eating melamine, too, clone wars getting uglier, fruits & veggies may get Farm Bill love

NEWS Farmed fish latest to be fed contaminated feed: The FDA has revealed that farmed fish were also fed meal spiked with melamine, the industrial chemical linked to the ongoing recall of pet foods, though — surprise!— "the contamination level was probably too low to pose a danger to anyone who may have...

Digest: Non-U.S. organic growers catch a break, Chinese catfish banned, Monsanto spanked, pro-food Farm Bill proposal

NEWS A jolt of energy: Sam Fromartz reports on Chews Wise that "in a victory for organic farmers in the developing world, the USDA's National Organic Program has backed down and said that for now there will be no immediate change in the way these farmers are certified." Fromartz had broken the story that...

Digest: Cloning comments extended, EPA spanked, E. coli in action

OK, we'll take more feedback: Under pressure from organizations that want more time to consider the issue of cloned food, the FDA is expected to extend the period for public comment by 30 days. BusinessWeek Miracles do happen: The Supreme Court narrowly ruled today that the Environmental Protection Agency...

Cloning CEO says FDA hearing about labeling, not technology

Time is running out to tell the FDA what you think of its assessment that meat and dairy from cloned animals is safe for the food supply. The comment period closes April 2. Yawn! you say. Enough already with the pleas to take action on cloning! I eat only organic — who cares what funky stuff mainstream...

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: Riggle clones around, ag-tech check, organic pet food

"Perfect steak all over again": Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle hosted a segment on cloned meat a few nights ago, complete with bizarre-o appearances by the CEO of cloning leader ViaGen and Adam Eidinger from "Big Eco," aka the Organic Consumers Association. We love the awesome animation of the...

Digest: Cloning profits, Whole Foods fan, GMO arms race

Cloning end game: Buried in this recap of the FDA's proposed ruling on the safety of food from cloned animals are a few eyebrow raisers. One: ViaGen, the leader in animal cloning, has yet to make a profit — but its parent company is confident that will change "once the FDA approves cloned food." Two: ViaGen...

Digest: Judge stops sale of GM seeds, FDA’s guidelines mocked, organic cloned kids update

Batten the hatches, there's a deluge o'links today. MAJOR NEWS: Following on his decision last month that the USDA failed to take seriously concerns that genetically altered seeds could migrate to other alfalfa crops, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer in San Francisco has ordered that the sale of such...

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...

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