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Digest – News: USDA loophole allows E. coli-positive beef to be sold, lots more news

Shit happens…to be legally sellable for consumption: "One federal inspector calls it the 'E. coli loophole.' Another says, 'Nobody would buy it if they knew.'" What are these officials talking about? A little-known fact that the USDA allows companies to sell meat that has tested positive...

Digest – Features: A+ for bee-minus story, cattlemen no supertasters, farming is poisoning our drinking water

Queen of the bees: Colony collapse disorder in U.S. bees "may have many contributing causes," writes Gina Covina in this terrific Ecology Center Terrain article posted on AlterNet, "but it comes down to bees hitting the biological limits of our agricultural system. It's not so much a bee...

Digest – Features: Pollan Q&A, the bee middleman, some wild donations to hunger cause

Two P's in a partnership: As part of its "Sow What" special series of food and farming, Grist columnist Tom Philpott interviews Michael Pollan in a Q&A that blessedly doesn't go over the same tired soil (except the Cracker Jacks). Interesting nuggets: congresspeople are now calling Pollan...

Digest – Commentary: Bee very worried, be Frank, be safe

Take that, you Luddites: In the wake of news that a virus may be to blame for colony collapse disorder in bees, the Gray Lady says that finger-pointing of cellphones and genetically modified crops is a sign of how freaked out we are, "not only about the death of creatures both benign and beneficial to...

Digest – News & Commentary: Bee breakthrough, popcorn lung, progressive grocers

Duck! Six days' worth of links coming at you. Yeah, we're playing catch-up on some big news, and it really is 2:15 a.m. NEWS Unraveling the bee mystery: Genetic research on bees has indicated that Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) may be the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in American bees. (BBC...

Bees and a berry farm

Helping native bees Like many other science-related programs, KQED TV's Quest has done a segment on bees this year. Quest's segment focuses on the work of two University of California researchers, one who is trying improve honeybee genetics through selective breeding and another who specializes in...

Digest – features: Farmers’ defense fund, culprit emerging in bee collapse

FEATURES The right to sell local: Backed by the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund has been launched to protect the rights of farmers to provide meat, eggs, raw dairy products, vegetables and other foods directly to consumers. (Press release) Surf vs. Turf: The...

Digest – Features: Kolbert buzz on CCD, lessons from New Zealand

Queen Bee: Finally, Dairy Queen's favorite magazine ventures into the food-politics field with a terrific first-person essay on the crisis in beekeeping, by no less than climate-change expert and author Elizabeth Kolbert (who shows off her back-yard bee colony in a audio slideshow). The likely villain in...

Digest – Features & blogsnacks: The rise and fall of bottled water, eco-kosher & beekeeping booms

FEATURES Water torture: Fast Company, of all publications, jumps on the anti-bottled-water bandwagon with an excellent look into how "a whole industry grows up around supplying us with something we don't need." Think you've read this saga before? Not in this well-explored detail — and not...

Digest – News & Commentary: Irradiation, more cracks in China, the Arcadian philosophy

NEWS Are you listening, FDA?: The Produce Marketing Association says it supports the irradiation of produce, but believes it should be labeled and that changing the label to "cold pasteurized" will only "confuse the public and could even be perceived as misleading.” (Press release) The...

Digest: Bee investigation continues, subsidy recipients bared, track your fruit

NEWS Death, where is thy sting: This excellent update on the search for the cause of colony collapse disorder in bees says that neonicotinoids have probably been ruled out, cell phone signals are laughed at, and most signs are pointing to a biological pathogen or parasite. (Los Angeles Times) Naming names...

Digest: China condemns ex-head of food agency, bees’ needs, Swift & Co. acquired

NEWS U.S. FDA head very glad he is not Chinese: China has sentenced the former head of its food and drugs agency to death for corruption. The sentence, which could still be reduced on appeal, reflects the weight China's top leaders are giving to the issues of corruption and food safety as they grapple with...

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