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Arsenic found in Utah kids’ pee traced to their pet chickens’ feed

Poison -  It's what's for breakfast!: A toxicologist for the Utah Department of Health tracked worrisome levels of arsenic in two children to the family’s backyard chicken coop — "along with the eggs that came out of it, the feed that went into the hens that laid them and, finally, widely used...

EPA to increase oversight over CAFO manure

Thanks in part to a lawsuit from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Waterkeeper Alliance, the EPA has agreed to increase its oversight of manure discharges from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)*. The EPA estimates that CAFOs in the U.S.generate three times more bodily waste...

Goldman Prize winners fight against CAFO pollution, shark finning and monocultures

The Goldman Environmental Prize was awarded to six grassroots environmental heroes from around the world in San Francisco last Monday night. Three of the six 2010 winners are working directly in food-related areas. Lynn Henning's 300-acre corn and soybean farm in Lenawee County, Michigan, has twelve meat...

Big Meat has tantrum over Oct 15 Michael Pollan talk at CalPoly

RIP, academic freedom: Writer Michael Pollan—aka "elitist," and apparently Agribiz Public Enemy No. 1—will now be part of a panel discussion at Cal Poly on Oct. 15 instead of giving a planned one-hour lecture. Harris Ranch Beef Company Chairman David E. Wood wrote to Cal Poly President Warren Baker...

Oklahoma v. poultry companies case gets underway

Taking CAFOs to court: A stretch of the Illinois River in Oklahoma has been under assault by CAFOs for many years, as poultry producers spread waste onto fields, leading to nutrient run-off that can cause algal blooms and other problems. In recent years, the river has been much cleaner, thanks in part to...

Pork prevention: What’s behind the NPPC bailout, or how the government keeps filling up Big Meat’s trough

During the Iowa flood disaster in the summer of 2008, I proposed that there are winners and losers in moments of human tragedy — those who pay the costs of dealing with an unsavory situation, and those who are on the receiving end of those payments. When it comes to the obesity epidemic, for example, there...

Bills in Michigan would legislate industrial animal rearing

Meddling in Michigan: The meat, dairy and egg industry in Michigan is trying to push a package of bills through the state legislature that will make their businesses much easier to run by reducing the public's ability to oppose agricultural projects, weaken animal welfare protections, impose industrial...

Thanks, USDA! Coming soon: Laying hens that won’t try to kill each other

Time for a new Meatrix?: Lest we forget that the Department of Agriculture's role is to help out the food industry by any means possible, a team of scientists led by USDA Agricultural Research Service biologist Heng-wei Cheng and William M. Muir of Purdue University has "developed a line of laying hens that...

The price of cheap meat: Antibiotic resistance

The good, the bad, and the buggy: A useful primer on antibiotic resistance, with two pages of illustrations, explains how bacteria develop resistance and pays special attention to the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from hospitals into the community, development of resistance in...

Vilsack defends CAFOs at congressional hearing

No, we do want to go down that road: In a House appropriations subcommittee hearing yesterday with Secretary Vilsack on the stand, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) called out industrial livestock operations as "threats to human health" because of their pollution and contribution to antibiotic resistance. (See...

Hi-Q Egg Products to Ohio EPA: F- you, dudes!

Hi-Q plays chicken with EPA: A 6 million-chicken egg farm proposed by Hi-Q Egg Products for Union County, Ohio, doesn't need to get a state water-pollution permit right away and might never need one, says the company. The EPA politely begs to disagree with Hi-Q's plan to spread 23.5 million gallons of...

Digest – News: Smithfield’s flu, organic for the masses, Vilsack reserves judgment

They're not confining everything, apparently: MSM's all over the swine flu (SJ Merc) and U.S. hog prices are tanking (Reuters), but few are talking about its possible origins - flies and manure from the CAFO facilities of a Mexican subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. What would we do without Tom Philpott?...

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