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Digest: Toxic whales, piles of poop, and a brightening future for GM crops

Leaving resistance to the weeds?: In response to surging food prices and population growth, Brazil, the EU, and other regions that haven't allowed the cultivation of herbicide-tolerant and other GM crops are loosening their restrictions, crossing their fingers, and hoping for a second Green Revolution. (AP...

Dispatch from APHA: Searching for the silver lining

Day two of the American Public Health Association meeting found me carting my breakfast (a poorly-executed bagel) to a hyper-air conditioned room to learn about bacteria on meat. Not the most ambient setting for food consumption, but I didn't mind: The panel promised to cover CAFOs and would be led off by...

Oprah show torpedos CAFOs, gives props to Prop. 2

As just about everyone probably knows, most of Oprah's Tuesday show was devoted to reporter Lisa Ling's "How We Treat the Animals We Eat" investigation. I don't have cable, and thought I could watch the episode one way or another but could not, which I feel stupid about. Fortunately friend o'Ethicurean...

Judge tells UDSA to stop interfering with the California election

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ruled that the USDA has been improperly inserting itself into California electoral politics by planning advertisements that would advocate against Proposition 2, an initiative on the November 4th ballot. Proposition 2, "Standards for Confining Farm Animals,"...

Centralization takes center stage at the Commonwealth Club

As part of the "How We Eat" series at the Commonwealth Club this month, Slow Food Nation Policy and Communications director Naomi Starkman moderated a thoughtful panel discussion last week about the centralization of the food industry with Michael Dimock, president of Roots of Change; Paul Frankel, managing...

Something good for a change: USDA increases info access on meat recalls

Score one for access to information. The USDA announced today that starting next month, it will publicize the names of retail stores that have received shipments of recalled meat and poultry. Up until now, recalls were issued for slaughtering or processing companies; consumers were informed that meat...

Apocalypse Cowabunga! The Simpsons on factory farming

I'm close to finishing "Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds," a new book by the fearsomely qualified Claire Hope Cummings. It's excellent, but it paints such an enraging and depressing picture of just how badly we're … well, screwed … that when my husband pulled out his earphones to...

The CAFO one-two punch

I am sitting in a swanky conference center on the outskirts of Phoenix, a city that may be one of our country's least sustainable, where the water is as scarce as the SUVs and air conditioners are numerous. But for all the shortcomings of developers who thought it would be a great idea to build a sprawling...

Bucking the CAFO tax: A plea for conscientious objection

Here's a number to knock you out of that mid-day stupor: every year, taxpayers shell out between $7.1 billion and $8.2 billion to subsidize or clean up after our nation's 9,900 confined animal feeding operations. That's the finding of "CAFOs Uncovered," a new report released earlier today by the Union of...

Mini-Digest: New transgenic pigs, Wendy’s bird burgers, sodas with gas

The digest was contributed by Ethicurean buddy Barry Foy. Stop busting my chops: Researchers at Texas A&M have introduced a genetically modified hog that has a pair of succulent jowls at each end. Targeted at the "foodie" market, the new animal provides twice the usual amount of the cut used...

Smells like a free ride: EPA wants to let CAFOs off on emissions reporting

In an excellent 2000 report titled "The Price We Pay for Corporate Hogs," researcher Marlene Halverson of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy recounts the following stories: On July 26, 1989, five farm workers in one family died after consecutively entering a 10-foot deep liquid manure...

Digest – Commentary: Fixing the eco*nomy, the whack-a-mole Averys

Tom Philpott for President!: …cuz that's the *only* way we're ever going to see any of these far-too-sensible policies about biofuels, grain reserves, and local-food production infrastructure enacted. (Grist) Eat a Whopper, save the planet!: Another reporter has been suckered in by the same tired old...

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