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Digest – Features: Hairy mulch, green cafeterias, cattlemen’s predictions

Toupee-sticides?: A new product called SmartGrow uses human hair from China and India to cover plants' roots, somehow increasing crop yields and plant growth. (UPI) Tray excellent: More and more technology companies have caught the eco bug, installing solar panels to power their servers. Now they're turning...

Digest – Commentary: Food trends in ’08, the real kitchen confidential

The dietgeist cometh: Under the sneaky headline "Top health issues of 2008," Reuters reporter Terri Coles devotes seven of the eight to food-politics hot topics like raw milk, the end of cheap food, and the continuing world domination of Michael Pollan. (Reuters) A buffet without immigrants:...

Have it Burger King’s way — shower executives with millions, stiff the pickers

The stinginess and lack of ethics shown by Burger King and its contractors in balking over giving Florida tomato pickers a penny-a-pound raise is outrageous. Eric Schlosser, the journalist who exposed the dirty underbelly of the fast-food industry in "Fast Food Nation" has a scathing op-ed in the...

Digest – News: Tomato pay raise endangered, Smithfield rejects clones, organic fish debated

Forgive us readers, for it has been a record 12 days since the last Digest. But we're back,  with an incomplete list of links both moldy and fresh. Smell before you click. What's "un-American" is virtual slave labor: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has fought for years to persuade...

Digest – News & Commentary: Bee breakthrough, popcorn lung, progressive grocers

Duck! Six days' worth of links coming at you. Yeah, we're playing catch-up on some big news, and it really is 2:15 a.m. NEWS Unraveling the bee mystery: Genetic research on bees has indicated that Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) may be the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in American bees. (BBC...

Why I love labor

It's Labor Day, the day we pay homage to the folks who brought us the weekend (among many other things). It's a fitting moment to show some love for the labor movement, which has seen union membership decline from a high of nearly 33% of the U.S. workforce in the 1950s to a mere 12.5% in 2004. Yes, I know,...

Digest – Features: toxic gardens, green restaurants, stylish shopping bags

A side of sustainability: Solar water-heated dishwashers, biodiesel delivery trucks, local produce are all part of the burgeoning trend of "green" restaurants in Los Angeles. Russ Parsons tries to make sense of the claims, shows what restaurateurs are doing (and are not doing, like totally giving...

Going into labor: On immigration reform and agriculture

The Ethicurean is honored to be able to publish this guest post by Elanor Starmer, a new acquaintance. A New Hampshire native who acquired intimate knowledge of integrated pest management when her house was infested with the ladybugs used to fight aphids on her next-door neighbor's organic farm, Elanor...

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: 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: Farm Bill funding battle, Straus in Time, tragedy of the commons applies to whole Earth

First salvo in budget battle: The Senate Budget Committee chair issued his blueprint for federal spending yesterday, which included $15 billion more for Farm Bill agriculture spending between 2007 and 2012 than did the Congressional Budget Office baseline. Senate Ag Chair Tom Harkin says that's not enough...

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