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Digest – Clones as Food special edition

This is a special edition of the Digest devoted to reactions to the Food and Drug Administration's determination that clones and their milk are safe for consumption. Rick Weiss reports on the USDA's request for a "voluntary moratorium" on selling clones to allow consumers to adjust to the idea...

Digest – Commentary: Of battery hens and battered prisoners in Britain

Is it surprising that a society that cages its food animals also cages its rejected humans?: A commentator complains that Jamie Oliver and Hugh F-W's chicken-rescue campaign focuses more on feathered prisoners than on the hairless bipedal kind. (The Guardian) Don't ban 'hormone-free' milk label in...

Digest – Features: Big local, organic Apple; Temple Grandin on the ‘guest test,’ proposed new nutrition label

Local food, 365 days a year: Kim Severson on the possibility that New York will build a large, permanent farmers market featuring local and seasonal produce, cheesemongers, butchers, and a selection of staples. Guess Whole Foods isn't doing the trick. (New York Times) We worship (at the) Temple Grandin: The...

Digest – Features: Why NAIS is a bad idea, BBC goes nuts for sustainable, Obama feints

Who's been naughty — NAIS: David Gumpert (reporter, raw-milk detective, and The Complete Patient blogger) co-writes the definitive look to date at what's wrong with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and why it's sparked the "most severe political backlash rural America has seen in...

Digest – News: Farm Bill moving again, pork brain illness, WIC gets healthier

All we want for Christmas is a new Farm Bill: The Senate finally moved forward on the Farm Bill today after agreeing to limit the amendments debated to 20 each for Democrats and Republicans. But a new law could still be months away. (Brownfield Network) Canary in the pork mind: Minnesota state health...

Hacking meat: Cloning animals for art, profit, and food

    BoingBoing TV's entertaining visit to Machine Project's tissue-culturing workshop in L.A. (embedded above; let it load for a minute or two before playing) reminded me that the FDA had originally said it would announce this month whether it had determined cloned meat and dairy were safe for the...

Digest – Features: A game of chicken, school snacks showdown, Romanian rituals

Local food needs local infrastructure: Burt's Hilltop Poultry, a family-run custom and organic poultry processor in Utica, Minnesota, is closing down. If no one buys it, say local farmers, its passing will damage the local food network, drive up poultry prices, and push small organic farms out of business....

Baumans Cedar Valley Farms: It takes a family to produce pastured eggs

Bonnie here: We're pleased to announce that Janet Majure, who has guest-posted for us peviously from Lawrence, Kansas, has donned an Ethicurean team apron. Janet is a mom and has written about cooking for years for newspapers; she started her blog, foodperson.com, in March. You can read more about her at...

Missoula, MT is for the birds — and against them, too

Meloukhia (along with my BoingBoing-reading husband) alerts us to a fantastic multimedia story at New West about how a proposal to legalize backyard chickens in Missoula, Montana, is dividing neighbors. It's the battle of the Locavores/Ethicureans vs. Prissy NIMBYists: In case you're not familiar with it,...

Digest – Features: Farmers, dairymen protest govt crackdowns; rare farm-animal breeds; superbugs coming

Note: So many good features since Sunday that we've had to stash half of them after the jump. Rebels with a cause: This kick-ass feature from the Charlottesville weekly C-Ville looks at the government crackdown on farmer Richard Bean of Double H, who was selling uninspected pork at a Virginia farmers...

Digest – Features: Eat local NOW, sugar power, chef-farmer matchmaking in Wisconsin

PBS goes locavore: The "Now" show does a big package on the "grow local, eat local" movement that includes a terrific video segment featuring Appalachian ex-tobacco farmers, now organic; as well as Steven Hopp — husband of Barbara Kingsolver, who spent a year living off the land...

Farm animal toys recalled for lead levels

Wal-Mart is recalling "realistic-looking" toy animals made in China because of excessive lead levels. The company's independent testing revealed excessive levels of lead in the base material, not the surface coating. The animal sets were labeled "Farm Animals," "Dinosaurs," and...

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