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Digest: Pollan issues Farm Bill manifesto, U.S. lags in organic, birds sick, food aid scrutinized

Food Bill of Rights and Wrongs: Michael Pollan attempts to reframe the Farm Bill — that "resolutely unglamorous and head-hurtingly complicated piece of legislation" — as a chance to reform the food system so that it actually benefits the interests of eaters. In his usual clear-eyed, deceptively simple...

Digest: Tainted pet food fed to hogs, seed sanctuary, clueless consumers, clueless Deen

"Boosting" pet food: The FDA says that the melamine used in recalled pet food may have been intentionally included by Chinese manufacturers to boost the apparent protein content. And in other disturbing developments, only two pet-food manufacturers who used the contaminated rice protein have recalled their...

Wanted: Young American farmers for documentary

"Vote with your fork" is a wonderfully simple mantra: we should opt for sustainable, organic, local, and ethical food whenever possible. But we're not going to be able to "chew the right thing" if there's no one growing it for us. Demand for SOLE food is way outstripping supply, and the gap is only going to...

Heartland Institute aims for gut, but hits below the belt

Good news! The plot to get us to pay more for organic food has been foiled by our friends at the Heartland Institute, the Big Food-funded spin factory masquerading as some sort of grassroots libertarian nonprofit. (I especially love the Smokers' Lounge section.) Today I read an edifying article from...

Canadian hog farmers are greedier than their pigs

It seems that Canadian industrial hog farmers have forgotten why food exists. They have forgotten that food is for eating, and not just for selling. It just so happened that due to the industrial revolution, and the creation and eventual popularization of city living, that many people who eat food stopped...

Digest: Tomato pickers get raise, Norman Borlaug to the rescue, Wal-Mart retreats

There's a golf course worth of links coming at ya. Fore! Pennies add up: McDonald's has reached agreement with a Florida farmworkers organization to pay 1 cent more per pound for the tomatoes it buys from state farms. Think that's nothing? It's a 75 percent pay raise for the laborers. Time for Burger King...

Adding SOLE to your pet’s diet

Man of La Muncha and I are currently "owned" by a small tortoiseshell cat, Ms. Teeth and Claws.  Ms. Claws is our third cat; previous cats included a pretty black and white girl and a large Maine coon cat.  We have loved all our cats, and have always fed them "good" pet foods, figuring that while they cost...

Digest: Foolish fuel, no “organic” cloned progeny, toxic fertilizer

Fuel for the fire: Tom Philpott flames corn-based ethanol boosterism for what it is — an agribusiness boondoggle and an economic and environmental disaster in the making. (Gristmill) Related headline: Farmers to plant largest amount of corn since ’44 And now for some good news: The National Organic...

In a whopper of a move, Burger King has it slightly more our way

Burger King announced today it will be moving to cage-free eggs and pork from cage-free sows. It is also going to make an effort to buy from poultry suppliers that use gas, known as "controlled atmospheric stunning," instead of electric shocks for slaughtering chickens. The New York Times article doesn't go...

Digest: Poisoned pet food, E. coli CSI fails, Puck the trend

Possible pet food culprit: Rat poison has been found in the tainted pet food that killed several animals and sparked a nationwide recall. Frankly, we're surprised they were bothering to poison the rats, instead of grinding them up into pet food. USA Today Whoops, breaking news has it that the rodenticide —...

Feed your ears with some foodie Web radio

Sierra Club Radio has a food-centric heavy lineup this week (MP3), kicking off with journalist Eric Schlosser, followed by tips for choosing nontoxic cookware and an interview with John Cloud, the reporter who did the recent cover story for Time about whether local was the new organic. After he gets through...

Digest: Puck goes Ethicurean, watery news, organic ag shortage

Bravo to Wolfgang Puck!: The L.A. restauranteur is taking foie gras, battery eggs, and meat from caged animals off the menu at all of his 14 fine-dining restaurants, 82 casual cafes, and his packaged food business. He'll also only sell seafood from certified sustainable fisheries, and will incorporate even...

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