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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: Clone taste-off, bee prepared, the raw-milk wars

Insert clone pun here: In an inspired idea for a story, the LA Times holds a dinner party serving steaks and ground meat from cloned progeny as well as conventional cattle. Although the piece starts out snappy enough — Eric Schlosser declines the invitation, saying "I'd rather eat my running shoes" — the...

Digest: Cloning problems, USDA goofs, Barber’d carrots

Cloning still imperfect: One of the best mainstream articles we've seen that give the lie to whether cloning can perfectly reproduce champion animals... or even healthy ones. Philadelphia Inquirer "Minor record-keeping errors": That's what the USDA called hundreds of cases of incompletely documented...

Dean Foods, owner of Horizon organic milk, will not mess with Bessie

Reporter Sam Fromartz has scored a scoop over on his blog, Chews Wise: the mega-dairy operator Dean Foods has announced it will not sell milk from cloned cows. This is pretty huge news. Dean Foods has $10.5 billion in annual sales and sells dairy products under more than 50 brand names, including Borden,...

Digest: Organic row brewing, USDA conference shocker, E. coli outbreak’s other victims, chicken recall

Organic — neither better for you nor the environment?: In a study for the U.K. Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Manchester Business School found that some organic an/or locally-grown food may be no better for the environment than conventional produce. We plan to track down and...

Digest: SciAm editors support clone labeling, pork belly future bright, chocolate food for thought

Meat technology: A Scientific American editorial discussing consumer resistance to cloned meat recommends transparency and labeling. One fact it says most meat eaters don't know (and we didn't): "The cattle industry has long employed a process called budding, in which technicians manually separate the...

Digest: Slaughterhouse unionizing, Peter Pan recalled, breeding rare breeds

Slaughterhouse live: An excellent piece by AP writer Roxana Hegeman goes inside the world's largest slaughterhouses, where worker injuries are common and as a result, movements to unionize are once again popular. Interviews with immigrant workers reveal new facets to their plight. Associated Press...

Digest: Wild birds cleared, USDA censured, protection from transgenic corn

Bird-flu CSI: It's official — comparison between the UK and Hungarian strains of the avian-flu virus reveals the highest genetic match, much more so than the strains found in wild birds. Press release Dept. of About Time: A federal judge ruled yesterday that the USDA failed to adequately assess possible...

Digest: High-tech future for food, USDA quarantine practices hurt small farm, bird-flu updates

Future of food: Peter Melchett has an excellent op-ed on what England's bird-flu outbreak means for the future of farming — will it be high-tech, dependent on genetic engineering and biosecurity, or low-tech, meaning organic and local? Guardian (UK) Overkill: A chillingly sad story about how so-called...

Digest: Safety vs. cloning, Philpott’s 3rd Farm Bill opus, USDA’s hand slapped on GM crops, crisis in India…

Wednesdays are always a busy day for the Digest, but this one might be a record. Hope you're hungry, people, because there's an 18-course meal's worth of links today. Get thee back into the lab, FDA!: Biotech reporter Denise Caruso has a kick-ass top-notch op-ed about why the FDA's science regarding the...

Digest: Hog wrangling, Syngenta suing, Bush slashes subsidies for rich farmers

Breathing space: Hog producer Maple Leaf Foods is following Smithfield's lead and phasing out farrowing crates for sows. Not because the science behind them isn't sound, of course, but because consumers are spooked. (CattleNetwork) Other producers are sticking to their crates, according to the Fresno Bee,...

USDA says there will be no “organic” cloned meat or dairy

My pesky job caused me to miss some huge breaking news today. The USDA has apparently decided that whatever the FDA might say about meat and dairy from cloned animals being just the same as that from two parents, it's not close enough to be labeled "organic." Sam Fromartz, the author of "Organic, Inc." who...

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