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Rhetorical questions about USDA recalls

Another day, another recall of ground beef possible tainted with E. coli 0157:H7, aka Revenge of the Industrial Food System. Actually, this is just an expanded recall, voluntary of course, because the USDA has no power to force the companies it regulates to recall their products. Kind of like being the...

Digest: Industry, test thyself; biofuel polluters, genocide v. sodas

NEWS Test and ye shall find: Reporting for NPR, Sam Fromartz goes inside Natural Selection Foods, the mega-grower at the center of last year's spinach E. coli scare, which has started an ambitious testing program for all its produce. It's discovered the bacteria is a lot more prevalent than previously...

Digest: Garbage — it’s what’s for dinner! Plus, two views on food safety

"We are what they eat" — and it's even more unappetizing than you think: Forget melamine and cyanuric acid in animal feeds — we should be at least as concerned about the "business as usual" ingredients routinely fed to U.S. farm animals. This op-ed discusses the authors' Environmental Health Perspectives...

Digest: Bee conference, MickeyD’s makes Greenpeace, pass the chuck

"Mad bee disease"?: About 60 scientists are sharing their early findings regarding "colony collapse disorder" in bees. They're focusing on the most likely suspects: a virus, a fungus or a pesticide, particularly the neonicotinoids group banned in France for causing what the French called "mad bee disease."...

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