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Digest: Great cloning Q&A, Annie’s mac-n-cheese debunked, SciAm on Pollan essay

Ask the Weiss man: If you're at all concerned about eating cloned meat and dairy under the organic label, read this excellent Washington Post online Q&A in which excellent biotech reporter Rick Weiss takes questions from readers. Make time to read it all, if you can, as Weiss not only clarifies the...

Digest: Packer ban, organic schism, organic cloning, “ethical” foie gras

Meat monopoly busters: A new "packer ban" bill introduced by Senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin seeks to prohibit the large meatpackers from buying and raising their own livestock, which leads to price gouging and shutting out small farmers and ranchers. This is really big news, as it would basically...

Digest: UK to get tough on food miles, heritage pork profiled, missing fruit

No more "organic" imports: Britain's Soil Association is considering withholding the organic label from food that has been imported by air because of the unsustainable "food miles" it has traveled. Guardian (UK) This little piggy was raised on a farm: An article in the travel section, of all places, extols...

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Good news! It's not too late to help keep animal clones from entering our food supply. A few weeks ago, I wrote to encourage readers to write and send an editorial to their local papers about their feelings on this recent "clones-are-just-fine-to-eat; don't-you-worry-you-can- trust-us" development. Now the...

Digest: Greens packaging, clone progeny, Fiji brand

Bacteria love bagged lettuce: Scientists are now confirming the obvious — that processing, mixing, and bagging leafy greens promotes the spread of bacteria like E. coli, just like it has in the hamburger industry. Others claim the Vegetable Industrial Complex, with its triple baths of chlorinated water, is...

Digest: Santa Cruz named state’s healthy-food capital, cloning in practice, foodies make you fat

Santa Cruz beats Marin: A new study found that California has about four times as many fast food restaurants and convenience stores as healthier alternatives. In Santa Cruz County, the ratio was fewer than two unhealthy options for every healthy one — the highest proportion of healthy food options like...

Digest: Locavoreanism gets corporate, world aquaculture, Cooper confab, Food Freedom Day

Cafeterias cozy up to farmers: A pretty good overview on how food-service giants — like Bon Appetit Management, with which we were familiar, and Sodexho and Aramark, which we weren't — are embracing the "eat local" idea, sometimes to the bemusement of their customers (students, corporate employees). There...

Digest: Ethiopian compost conquest, company potluck, Governator gooses food safety

People and Planet: Somebody tell the Bill Gates Foundation to hold up on foisting a GMO- and fossil-fueled Green Revolution on Africa! A 10-year experimental project has shown that Ethiopian farms using organic compost are producing higher yields — sometimes double — compared with those using chemical...

Digest: Humane meat labels compared, Philpott on how few get rich farming, Clover Stornetta says no to clones’ milk

San Francisco Chronicle: We've been meaning to write about how the new humane-treatment-of-animals meat label from the Animal Welfare Institute stacks up against the others, but Chronicle food reporter Carol Ness has beaten us to it. Crushing discovery: The Certified Organic criteria permit debeaking of...

Digest: UK pol disses organic food, Marin farming in peril, super spud, fat accompli

The Times (UK): Britain is abuzz about this interview with David Miliband, the U.K.'s Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who said that eating organic food is just a "lifestyle choice" as there is no conclusive evidence that organic food is better than conventional. Marin Independent...

Digest: Cloning debate rages on, gay sheep, prion pro

New York Times: Finally, a cogent editorial about cloned meat that sums up the critical points — "Cloning isn’t just a matter for the F.D.A. to decide. It is up to us as a society to decide as well. We should be asking much broader questions than the F.D.A. is able to. Who will cloning benefit? What will it...

Digest: Clone clown, be COOL, say no to palm oil, bullish on Whole Foods

USA Today: "Cyberspeak" columnist Andrew Kantor says cloned-meat opponents are simply anti-science and dumb as a box of hair. (We're paraphrasing. Sorta.) He fails to address why labeling meat from clones — or food that's genetically modified — is such a bad idea, unless his stance that consumers are stupid...

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