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April Fool’s, now and then

You've probably guessed by now that Marc's post about bacon popcorn below is a spoof. It may have been too plausible a concept; last year's wildly improbable April Fool's Digest did actually snare a few people. Elsewhere on the foolish Web, Ethicurean frequent commenter and Vermont hog farmer Walter...

Digest – Features and blogs: COOL is not, GM fuel, and DC local-style

So un-COOL: The USDA releases the final rule on Country of Origin Labeling, the law that requires that many of our main foodstuffs be labeled with (duh) the country where they were made, but it leaves a massive loophole by exempting "processed" foods from the law and defining "processed" broadly to include...

Another European agency urges caution on approving cloned meat and dairy

The International Herald Tribune reports that the European Food Safety Authority has declined to give milk and meat from cloned animals a greenlight in its final report, published yesterday. Although it says that upon reviewing the existing scientific evidence, there appears to be no difference between the...

Digest – Features: Raw-milk wars, young beekeeper, transgenic pigs

Please, wouldja stop saving us from ourselves?: David Gumpert details the jawdropping harassment tactics that New York and California state officials are using on small raw-milk dairies, including pouring bleach on their products. This despite the fact that a FOIA request from the US Centers for Disease...

Eric Schlosser would rather chew on a wooden podium than cloned meat

The 2008 Ecological Farming Conference (EcoFarm) kicked off in Pacific Grove, CA, tonight with a talk on sustainability given by Eric Schlosser. His best-seller "Fast Food Nation" was not really about food, he said, but about this country's massive experiment in disposability —...

Digest – Clones as Food special edition

This is a special edition of the Digest devoted to reactions to the Food and Drug Administration's determination that clones and their milk are safe for consumption. Rick Weiss reports on the USDA's request for a "voluntary moratorium" on selling clones to allow consumers to adjust to the idea...

FDA approves food from cloned animals

Rick Weiss at the Washington Post has the scoop that the FDA has concluded that meat and dairy from cloned animals (and their conventionally bred offspring) are safe to eat. I can't rant at quite the length I would like, due to neck-back-right-arm pain (no Digest for a while, sorry), but I couldn't let this...

Digest – Features: Good food for the poor, Pollan ready for next topic, cloned milk no worse than regular

SOLE food for all: Despite the title, "The Poor Get Diabetes, the Rich Get Local and Organic," this is not just another diatribe on class and the food movement. Mark Winne, who has a new book, "Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty," talks to low-income families...

Digest – News: New label controversy, Chipotle toots humane horn, FDA still rumored to approve cloned food

"Naturally raised," our confined ass: Both the USDA and the FDA are reviewing and soliciting public comments for a proposed new label, "naturally raised," as distinct from "natural." The former would attest that the meat came from an animal free of antibiotics and growth...

Digest – News: WSJ says FDA about to approve cloned food

Happy New Year … not: The Wall Street Journal appears to have a scoop that the FDA will rule next week that meat and dairy products from cloned animals are safe to enter the food supply. The article mentions that language to stall this announcement is in the Farm Bill version that the Senate just...

Digest – News: Chickens hatching drug-resistant E. coli, clone-tracking proposal, food shortages

Add this one to the list of "our decrepit food factories": This month's issue of Environmental Health Perspectives says that antibiotic use in poultry processing has put workers at risk of contracting drug-resistant E. coli — and spreading it in communities.  (Newsday.com) Tag that...

Glass gets a little fuller: Farm Bill reins in FDA on cloned food

A piece of good news: Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and the Center for Food Safety just sent out press releases announcing that Milkulski's amendment, H.R. 2419, has made it through into the Farm Bill. The amendment stops the FDA from approving food from cloned animals until more studies have been...

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