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Digest: “Naturally raised” defined, Niman merging, mo’ meaty news

Department of Agribusiness fails us again: The USDA has issued voluntary guidelines governing the use of the term "naturally raised" on labels. Having "analyzed over 44,000 comments from producers, processors, consumers, and other interested parties," the USDA decide to ignore everybody but the big boys and...

Hannibal Peckter: When being Mother Hen isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Post updated 11:27 a.m. with punnier new headline, hat tip to Impolite Company Editor's note: We're pleased to announce that frequent guest contributor Debra Eschmeyer has consented to join the Ethicurean team. Debra is an Ohio organic farmer, farm-to-school activist, and one of this year's distinguished...

Making sausages

Whoever first made sausages was a genius. They took pieces of meat that they perhaps weren't going to use right away, or at all, and combined them with spices and/or herbs, finally stuffing them into another part of the animal that might not otherwise get used. The result? Delicious. After thinking about...

Digest addition: Massive recall of Irish pork for PCB presence

PCB is for Piggy Chemical Backlash: Friend o"Ethicurean and Plenty columnist Nathalie Jordi has just alerted us to some big news the Digest missed — the massive recall underway (Times Online) of all pork products made in Ireland since September 1. (Read Food Safety Authority of Ireland's release.) Routine...

Digest – News: Ritchie for AgSec, Kansas kraziness, FDA pats itself on back

The best and the brightest: Foodie luminaries, among them Michael Pollan and Alice Waters, send a letter to Obama calling for a Secretary of Ag who will deliver on sustainability. Mark Ritchie makes the list (yeah!). (NYT blog) Meanwhile, environmental groups send their own 391-page policy wish list to the...

Digest: The chicken edition

Chickengating: Johns Hopkins researchers find that drivers following chicken trucks have unsafe levels of bacteria — including antibiotic-resistant strains — in and on their cars. The National Chicken Council accuses the researchers of tailgating, which it claims is "much more dangerous than being around...

Digest: Turkey time, slow schizophrenia, and rural America tells Obama where it’s at

Get rural, Obama: Rural Americans mostly didn't vote for Obama, but back in October 2007 he pledged to hold a "rural summit" if elected and deliver a package of rural initiatives to Congress in his first 100 days as president. Here's what they might want to see in it — and surprise, it's not about farming....

Grass act: Gene Logsdon’s “All Flesh Is Grass”

As the problems of industrial meat production — CAFOs, excessive waste and pollution, worker safety, and the overuse of antibiotics, among many others — become more evident and more dangerous to public health, consumers are turning in greater numbers to local and/or organic meats and poultry, especially...

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...

Snapshot from Slow Food Nation: Slow on the Go vendor Fatted Calf

Late Saturday afternoon I ran into Taylor Boetticher, who with Toponia Miller are the meat geniuses behind Fatted Calf and the youngest rock stars of the Bay Area's charcuterie boom. (They still laugh about me calling their duck-liver mousse "sex on toast.") Fatted Calf had by far the longest queue of the...

Big problems? Blame the little guy

Been feeling a bit queasy about all the contaminated meat peppering the news lately? Put that weary stomach to rest. Yes, children, all is well with the world (or at least the world of ground beef). In yet another illustration of its almost preternatural ability to correctly identify and attack food-safety...

Another European agency urges caution on approving cloned meat and dairy

The International Herald Tribune reports that the European Food Safety Authority has declined to give milk and meat from cloned animals a greenlight in its final report, published yesterday. Although it says that upon reviewing the existing scientific evidence, there appears to be no difference between the...

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