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Good cob, bad cob: “King Corn” isn’t against the grain

We feed ourselves very cheaply now. You see those tremendous fields of corn out there, corn as far as the eye can see? That's the age of plenty. —Earl Butz, former secretary of agriculture, in "King Corn" A terrific new documentary called "King Corn" is opening this Friday in New...

Digest – News: Cloned-food label bill, China rejects U.S. pork, squirmy fishy bait

Lots of links piled up, lots of good stuff (especially in the Commentary edition). Note: Just one more week and the Digest editor will get her life back, and the news feed will return to its more regular schedule ... What will the symbol look like?: The first law requiring cloned food (or its progeny) to be...

Digest – Features & Blogsnacks: Joel Salatin offers seminars, Johanns talks

FEATURES Growing genius: BusinessWeek reporter and raw-milk-detective David Gumpert looks at "Omnivore's Dilemma" sustainable-farming poster guy Joel Salatin, whose Polyface Farm is leasing another 700 acres to keep up with demand. Hmm. Does Polyface's $700,000 annual revenues include those from...

Digest – News & Commentary: Kids brainwashed, FDA f*(&s up again, cheap food safe

NEWS Brand aids: In a research study, preschoolers were given identical foods for a taste test, one set in a plain wrapper, the other in a McDonald's wrapper. The children overwhelmingly preferred the latter, even though it was identical. (MSNBC via AP) Hard times: Britain's farmers are holding their...

Digest: Pig slop, China trends, Planck’s constant crusade

NEWS File under "WTF?!?!": Buried at the end of a FarmPolicy.com post are a bunch of excerpts from a truly astonishing Wall Street Journal article (subscription required) about what the high cost of corn is doing to animal feed. It leads with Alfred Smith, who's augmenting his hog feed with trail mix, and...

Digest: More China troubles, save the fish, Ohio farmland dropping

NEWS Mission impossible: Mission Foods Corp. and Tyson Foods have quietly told their suppliers they want no more ingredients from China — but complying is next to impossible. A look at China's role as the world's leading supplier of many food flavorings, vitamins and preservatives. (Los Angeles Times)...

Digest: Check your kibble, rice growers speak out, corn ripple effect

More bad pet food: The pet food recall has been expanded to other wt food brands and dry kibble as well. Boston Globe (via AP) While the AP story says the FDA would not name the manufacturer, the FDA's website says that Hill's Pet Nutrition is recalling its Prescription Diet dry food. Hell no, don't grow:...

Digest: Foolish fuel, no “organic” cloned progeny, toxic fertilizer

Fuel for the fire: Tom Philpott flames corn-based ethanol boosterism for what it is — an agribusiness boondoggle and an economic and environmental disaster in the making. (Gristmill) Related headline: Farmers to plant largest amount of corn since ’44 And now for some good news: The National Organic...

Digest: Riggle clones around, ag-tech check, organic pet food

"Perfect steak all over again": Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle hosted a segment on cloned meat a few nights ago, complete with bizarre-o appearances by the CEO of cloning leader ViaGen and Adam Eidinger from "Big Eco," aka the Organic Consumers Association. We love the awesome animation of the...

Digest: Beef and sperm link, organic kiwis beat industrial, toxins everywhere

Male sterility and beef steroids: A new study says men whose moms ate a lot of beef during their pregnancy have a sperm count at 25% below normal. Possible suspects? Anabolic steroids used to fatten cattle in the U.S., or pesticides and other contaminants. Although the study is a little shaky, relying on...

Digest: Cloning profits, Whole Foods fan, GMO arms race

Cloning end game: Buried in this recap of the FDA's proposed ruling on the safety of food from cloned animals are a few eyebrow raisers. One: ViaGen, the leader in animal cloning, has yet to make a profit — but its parent company is confident that will change "once the FDA approves cloned food." Two: ViaGen...

Digest: Straight from the abattoir, Observer gardeners, corny corn story

Must-bleed TV: Proving once again that the British have more balls than … well, anyone, a new show is debuting on the BBC called "Kill it. Cook it. Eat it." It's filmed in an abattoir with a restaurant built on the end. If our cable provider obliges, we'll be tuning in to give those who can stomach it a...

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