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Digest – News: Perilous pork, the First Lettuce, food safety plateaus

Free-range throwdown: A New York Times op-ed turns the food-fear spotlight on pastured pork, covering a study that finds that "free-range pork can be more likely than caged pork to carry dangerous bacteria and parasites" including potentially-deadly Trichinosis. The author gets in a few more digs with the...

Digest – Commentary & blogs: Bittman busted for unconscious eating

Snap!-per: Tom Philpott chides Mark Bittman, aka The Minimalist and author of "Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating," for recommending red snapper—one of the most endangered species in U.S. waters. "I believe that influental food writers, especially ones concerned with conscious eating, need to start...

Digest: Times et al on food movement’s “arrival,” dairy drama, Murphy profiled

Busy days; we're playing catch-up on news this week. Send URLs we shouldn't miss to digest@ethicurean.com. The dietgeist “love fest”: Everyone's talking about Andrew Martin's sweeping, chockablock New York Times Business section feature on how the food movement finally feels it's breaking some political...

Meet menhaden – before this ecologically critical fish vanishes

By Alice Friedemann Ever heard of menhaden? Probably not, although perhaps you're familiar with the fish’s other names: bunker, pogies, mossbacks, bugmouths, alewifes, and fat-backs. You may be surprised to learn they’re the most important fish in the Atlantic and Gulf waters. Menhaden are the vacuum...

Fatal attraction: Humanity’s love affair with fish like the Chilean sea bass

Recently I was snared — or hooked, snagged, or netted (pick your favorite fishing pun) — by a book that shows  humanity's enormous capacity to affect ocean life. We can nearly wipe out an entire species in just a few decades thanks to new technologies and taste trends. Take the Chilean sea...

Digest – Blogs: Tomato truths, legislation lies, and the murky waters of sustainable shrimp

The price of tomatoes: Tom Philpott follows up on his trip to Immokalee, Florida with the second of a two-part post, examining how tomato pickers survive on $50 a day. The answer? With much difficulty. (Grist) That's the internet for you: There's been quite a bit of webby rabble-rousing over Representative...

Digest – News: Salmon synergy, Whole Foods less whole, rotation’s right

Slammed by synergism: Researchers expose juvenile coho salmon to combinations of commonly-used agricultral pesticides. For two-thirds of the pesticide combinations, they find that the effect of the combination is greater than the sum of the impacts of the individual pesticides (i.e. the combo has...

Digest – News: Vilsack updates, Clif Bars recalled, OJ CO2

Tractor tire hits the dirt: After clearing the Senate confirmation process, new USDA chief Tom Vilsack gets to work. (Des Moines Register) Meanwhile, speculation abounds on who may join him at the agency (CongressDaily). Advocates are already pushing the new Sec to change some of Bush's misguided policies,...

Digest – News: More midnight rollbacks, valuing fast food, and Irish pork CSI

Heavy metal blowout: The FDA has recommended that the Bush Administration revise its consumer guidance on fish, changes that would encourage women and children to eat more fish despite growing concerns about mercury contamination (not to mention, um, the absolute unsustainability of our current...

Digest: Mo’ melamine woes, food safety offenders, Obama to target subsidies

Want some formica in your formula?: We thought we'd seen the worst of the FDA's screwups with this Chinese melamine debacle, but the agency still has surprises up its sleeve. It held back test results that reveal low levels of melamine in infant formula produced by U.S. companies Mead Johnson, Nestle, and...

Digest – News & Features: Organic gets wild n’ crazy, turkey workers do too, and everyone turns to SPAM

When organic gets fishy: The National Organic Standards Board ruled to allow farmed fish that consume up to 25% non-organic feed to be labeled "organic." Consumer advocates worry it's the beginning of a downward slide for standards on other organic animal products. (Washington Post) Pasture perfect...

Digest: Pass the potatoes, hold the pesticides, and Bittman takes a bite (of sardines)

Salmon dieu!: On Wednesday, the National Organic Standards Board will rule on whether any fish can be labeled organic. Under the guidelines as proposed, wild salmon will not make the grade but farm-raised salmon could, even if they eat fish meal, which is feed spiked with ground-up wild fish. (Chicago...

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