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Biotech & Big Pharma rolling out exciting new holiday products

By Barry Foy When it comes to Christmas cheer, St. Nick has nothing on the big biotech and pharmaceutical firms this year, with the release of an unprecedented number of holiday-related products expected over the next few weeks. Given the sector's legendary lack of sentimentality, this nod toward tradition...

Digest – Blogs: Chemical may cause obesity, brain worms attack!

Scary chemical: Tributyltin, a ubiquitous pollutant that affects gene activity, could be promoting obesity, according to the December issue of BioScience. Among its many applications, the chemical is used in paints for boats, as a wood and textile preservative, and (hello!?!) as a pesticide on high-value...

Wear your food politics on your chest #2: HFCS nightmares

We got some nice play on BoingBoing a few days ago (thanks Xeni!) for Ali's post on President-Elect Obama's possible food policy, and there's been an influx of new readers. Welcome! One of them, Aaron Beckwith, emailed to say he and sme friends run a sweatshop-free clothing company, Tshirt Insurgency, that...

Dispatch from APHA: Seeding local food in schools

As I write this, the day's far from over at the American Public Health Association's annual conference "Public Health Without Borders," but my brainpower is fading fast. Before I give up on knowledge intake and shift to taking in some of the great local San Diego eats suggested by readers, I'll share a few...

Twisted logic from Coke’s [dumbass] exec lets soda off the hook for obesity

Editor's note: This post contains adult language and a dangerous quantity of righteous indignation. So, earlier this week, the top honcho at Coca Cola urged the beverage industry to rage, rage against the unfair claims that soda bears any blame for the nation’s rising obesity problem. It is time, claimed...

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...

The ‘Eat This, Not That’ guy compares his book to Obama, offers crappy advice for families

Oh my stars. David Zinczenko has gone insane. A while ago, I reviewed Zinczenko's book "Eat This! Not That!" which is selling like hotcakes, even if it's not making our nation any healthier. I was content to let it go at that. But friends? Zinczenko has gone batty. He may be the editor of Men's Health...

Pasteurized salad?

If Slow Food Nation showcased produce at the peak of taste, texture and freshness, a new FDA proposal might just show us what things look like down at the other end of the spectrum. The FDA recently announced that it will allow spinach and iceberg lettuce to be irradiated -- treated with an x-ray-like...

MaryJane Butters: Is MaryJane’s Farm for real?

So, let's talk about MaryJane's Farm, shall we? I'm feeling conflicted, and I need some help sorting it out. Recently, a giant box full of MaryJane's Farm instant organic meals arrived on my doorstep, the result of a  long-ago gift certificate I only recently cashed in. In previous posts, Ethicureans have...

Just another E. coli ground-beef recall

For some reason whenever an email alert from the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service comes through late at night, it's a sizable E. coli beef recall. This time it's 153,630 pounds of frozen ground beef products produced by S&S Foods LLC of Azusa, Calif., that may be contaminated with that peskily...

Salmonella shenanigans in Washington, D.C.

In a comment on my post about the FDA's new target in the salmonella investigation, Rebecca T. hopes that "US tomato farmers get together and sue the FDA for lost sales." I haven't seen any report of lawsuits yet, but something is stirring in Congress. Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers reports that four...

Tomatoes off the hook, FDA aims at chili peppers

On July 17, the Food and Drug Administration lifted its warning about raw tomatoes after its investigation determined that tomatoes currently in the marketplace are free of the Salmonella Saintpaul strain that has sickened over 1,200 people across 42 states. Now their attention is turning to raw jalapeño...

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