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Digest – Blogs, features and snacks: Pesticide perversions, subsidy love, the anti-Pollan

Small-town physician sees effects of Big Ag: an Indiana neonatologist finds that birth defects, including spina bifida, cleft pallet and lip, down syndrome, urogenital abnormalities, and club foot (among others) are more likely to occur in pregnancies that begin between April and July — the time period when...

‘Killer’ movie tells who to charge for the large

"Killer at Large," a new documentary DVD, is a veritable banquet of obesity information, serving up copious facts and personal tales about the American obesity epidemic that threatens to shorten the life span of the current generation of young people. Alas, the movie provides only a dollop of solutions...

Digest – News: Plastics make kids fat, North Star stars in food safety, peanut payout

Chemical reaction: A long term study by Mount Sinai Medical Center on children in East Harlem links exposure to a class of chemicals called phthalates — found in products that list "fragrance" as an ingredient, and in soft plastics — with childhood obesity. The study found that the heaviest children had the...

Digest – News: Gates Foundation exec picked for USDA research post, Roundup Ready losing potency

Get Shah-ty: The Obama administration has nominated Rajiv J. Shah to serve as Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics of the USDA. (NYT Diner’s Journal Blog) Shah is the director of the agricultural development program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (bio) and has a...

Digest – Features & Blogs: Local or just “good,” Marler takes the stand

We know it when we eat it: The NYT's Mark Bittman ponders what to call food that used to go by "natural," before that word got co-opted by corporate marketing teams. "Instead of labeling ourselves — I only eat 'local,' 'seasonal,' or 'organic' food — why don’t we just say we strive to eat 'good' or...

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 – News: Antibiotics in byproducts fed to cows, Sebelius lobbied to veto milk labeling bill

It was a very busy week for the Ethicurean bees, and we had to skip the weekend Digest. So some of these links may be a tad moldy, but hey — expiration dates are for sissies. Send your tasty news links to dig...@ethicurean.com. Distilling madness: We've written before about antibiotic-resistant superbugs...

Pixies for the People: A new WIC Local Food Line

Can you hear the chanting? "Pixies for the People!" How about the drums? "Pixies for the People!" Pixie Tangerines, that is, not Tinker Bell. When I first learned of this initiative to provide free fruit, fresh from the farm for WIC recipients, I found myself hollering "Pixies for the People!" in pure '60s...

Free-range Porky’s, now playing at one Bay Area cinema

San Francisco may have more vegetarians and health-obsessed eaters per capita than any other U.S. city, but it also has a fair number of pork lovers — and to serve them, numerous restaurants cure their own meat, offer whole hog dinners, and so on. The city is also a haven for independent and repertory...

Digest: Monsanto blog launched, more food news from White House

New media = new image?: Monsanto has been a punching bag in the blogosphere for years. We should know. Now, the biotech giant has not only launched an ad campaign aimed at food's "thought leaders," it's digging into its deep pockets to fund a new Facebook presence, Twitter stream, and a blog, Monsanto...

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...

Digest – News: Anti-biotics, working for the (corporate) man, and the price of obesity

More squealing from the porkers: The National Pork Producers Council objects to federal legislation introduced Tuesday by Rep. Louise Slaughter (no pun intended, really), the only microbiologist in the U.S. Congress, that would restrict the use of medically-important antibiotics in livestock production....

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