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Sweet deal: High-fructose corn syrup price vs. consumption

Hansen's Natural Soda is replacing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) with cane sugar in all its soft drinks. Given that most soda advertisements these days seem to involve a daredevil doing something dramatic like riding a bike out of an airplane, a slogan that contains "to the max" or "extreme" (preferably...

Postcard from Orlando I: Your tax dollars at work

I have just returned from three days in Disney theme parks in Orlando. (No snarky jokes please, at least not from those of you who have yet to push a human out of your nether regions only to discover that children now emerge from the womb begging for a trip to Disney World.) Disney is a fascinating place,...

Digest – News: Chickens hatching drug-resistant E. coli, clone-tracking proposal, food shortages

Add this one to the list of "our decrepit food factories": This month's issue of Environmental Health Perspectives says that antibiotic use in poultry processing has put workers at risk of contracting drug-resistant E. coli — and spreading it in communities.  (Newsday.com) Tag that...

Sugar policy makes my head buzz

Not the sugar buzz I was hoping for Sometimes the twists and turns of farm and trade policy makes me dizzy. Today's example: sugar. To explain this properly, I'd probably need the creators of the Meatrix to make a short animation, but I'll give it a try, with my information coming from a New York Times...

Digest – News and Commentary: canned food recall, Farm Bill happenings, soda sagas

Botulism alert boosted: The recall of canned meat products made by Castleberry's Food Co. (under many, many labels) has expanded to cover almost 100 products. The article has a list of brand names and a contact number. (San Francisco Chronicle (AP)) (More information: the official FDA press release and some...

You can take the Ethicurean out of Berkeley…

...but that doesn't mean she won't still be obsessed with the same things. We flew the Dutch airline KLM to Amsterdam, and I was fascinated by the various meals we were given on the plane. For example, our dinner (right) came with the following exhortation: Food for thought Inspiration Every day we are...

Defending their corn: meatpackers, soft drink makers and food companies go after ethanol

The ethanol boom is inspiring some surprising behavior in the food and farming community. Philip Brasher, the Des Moines Register's Washington Correspondent, wrote about pushback from the food and drink industry over ethanol in Thursday's newspaper. The article illustrates how the ethanol boom is leading to...

Corn syrup takes to the streets

Honorary streets are popular in many cities--New York has Joey Ramone Place (E. 2nd Street at The Bowery) and Peter Jennings Way (66th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park), San Francisco has Lawrence Ferlinghetti Way (near City Lights Books), and Chicago has Bob Fosse Way (Montrose and Paulina),...

Digest: Pet food case still unsolved, Frankenskeeters, McJobs to be redefined?

Pet food update: Menu Foods of Streetsville, Ontario, the manufacturer that has recalled over 60 million cans and pouches of pet food implicated in sickening or killing many cats and dogs, had begun testing the food Feb. 27 after receiving reports of sick pets. Seven of the 40-50 test animals died. The only...

Digest: The return of caviar and lobster, California Dairies goes rBST-free, E. coil safety plan

Roe, roe, roe your boats: The United Nations' conservation panel announced it was lifting its export ban on three types of caviar, including beluga, saying Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Russia had improved their monitoring of the fisheries. Conservationists are not pleased. Toronto Star Lobster...

The quest for bacon toffee: Attempt No. 2

Ever since sampling my first piece (and second…and fifth) piece of bacon toffee in early December, I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. The deep and satisfying saltiness tangoing with the piercing sweetness, the crunch of the candy exploding around the denser flesh of the bacon — it's so wrong and...

Digest: Mackey chat, bye-bye bread basket, sweetener lowdown

Post-Gazette: A reprint of yesterday's Wall Street Journal interview with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, in which he explains why he cut his own salary to $1, why sales are slowing, and how Whole Foods is lowering prices to compete with Wal-Mart and other entrants into the organic foods marketplace. BBC News:...

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