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Massive gingerbread house recall a reminder that food safety starts in the gut

Grist (where I am the food editor) just got a late entry to our Scariest Food of 2010 contest: Gingerbread houses. Not because you can break a tooth on some of these hard-as-drywall sugar shacks, but because if you snacked on one bought at a Whole Foods in 23 states, you might be doubled over right now with...

Math lessons for Budiansky: Industrial concentration vs. local choice

On Friday, New York Times op-ed contributor Steven Budiansky challenged local food advocates to rethink their math, mainly about food miles. As it happens, I was already doing some food calculations that day -- but not of the sort Budiansky discussed. My numbers included the following: As of Friday, 450...

Arsenic found in Utah kids’ pee traced to their pet chickens’ feed

Poison -  It's what's for breakfast!: A toxicologist for the Utah Department of Health tracked worrisome levels of arsenic in two children to the family’s backyard chicken coop — "along with the eggs that came out of it, the feed that went into the hens that laid them and, finally, widely used...

What’s P-Cresol and why is it in my food? “Don’t Eat That” iPhone app will tell you

A simple little iPhone app launched a few days ago that demystifies the ingredient lists of processed food. Called "Don't Eat That" (link to App Store), it's a database of information on more than 1,500 food additives and ingredients, broken out into red-lettered lists for those that are believed to be...

Photos of Granjas Carroll de Mexico pork factory are sickening, even with no flu connection

Updated May 4, 9:30am PST with editor's note and hog farmer's perspective Smithfield, you're forked now: The Observers, a French citizen-journalism site, has reposted text and disturbing photos here from a Mexican blogger who claims to be from near La Gloria — the town where the first case of H1N1 flu was...

Feds sue Hallmark slaughterhouse over beef recall

Good luck getting blood from a stone-dead company: The federal government is suing Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., whose workers were caught on videotape abusing nonambulatory cattle, resulting in the nation's biggest beef recall last year. The federal lawsuit seeks $150 million in taxpayer money...

‘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: 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...

This is what democracy looks like

Today is a big day for all of us who believe not only in sustainable food and agriculture systems, but also in the democratic process. The months since the election brought an outpouring of engagement from citizens urging the Obama Administration to appoint change-makers to lead our country. And it paid...

Digest – News: Vilsack’s singing our song, but he ain’t our valentine yet

Yeah OK, we're listening: The WashPo's Jane Black interviews new Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who says that being an overweight kid has given him insight into childhood nutrition problems, that in an ideal world all food would be purchased locally, and that the USDA needs to help build the...

Digest – News: Peanut crime spree, spinach gets zapped, lonely locusts

Busting a nut: With the list of recalled peanut products topping 400, the Department of Justice begins a criminal investigation of the processing company behind it. The Food and Drug Act prohibits companies from knowingly transporting contaminated products across state lines, something the Peanut...

Snapshot of the American diet

I find this juxtaposition of establishments at the Bayfair Mall in San Leandro, California, a good illustration of the "nutritionism" philosophy that is the foundation of many Americans' culinary consciousness. Grab some chicken wings for an appetizer and a cheese-steak sandwich for the main course, but as...

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