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Salmonella in tomatoes: Know your grower so you can pick your packer

The salmonella outbreak from fresh tomatoes has sickened hundreds so far — with many more sicknesses presumably going unreported — in 36 states, and the FDA has still not identified the source of the pathogen. Sabin Russell, the San Francisco Chronicle's medical reporter, yesterday revealed that a major...

The Cereality show, coming to a college town near you!

This guest post is by Tracy Lerman, who likes to cook food from the Santa Cruz farmers market and ride her bike by the ocean. In her spare time Tracy works at the Organic Farming Research Foundation doing policy advocacy and organizing. Recently a new “restaurant” opened up where I live. This eating...

Postcard from Phoenix: Only in America

The husband and I are in Scottsdale, AZ, visiting his family for a few days before the W.K. Kellogg Food and Society Conference starts in nearby Chandler. (See last year's recap.) The Ethicurean's Elanor is going too; we're excited to hang out with our buddies Tom Philpott and Sam Fromartz, among the many...

Corn Flacks, pt. 1: “What’s in your whipped cream?”

I have read hundreds of PR pitches in my time; first at the Red Herring, the dot-com magazine where I worked during the boom, then as a freelance business writer, and now for the Ethicurean. There are some super-savvy public-relations firms out there, like Straus Communications (which represents Bon Appetit...

Mini-Digest: New transgenic pigs, Wendy’s bird burgers, sodas with gas

The digest was contributed by Ethicurean buddy Barry Foy. Stop busting my chops: Researchers at Texas A&M have introduced a genetically modified hog that has a pair of succulent jowls at each end. Targeted at the "foodie" market, the new animal provides twice the usual amount of the cut used...

Digest – Commentary: Fixing the eco*nomy, the whack-a-mole Averys

Tom Philpott for President!: …cuz that's the *only* way we're ever going to see any of these far-too-sensible policies about biofuels, grain reserves, and local-food production infrastructure enacted. (Grist) Eat a Whopper, save the planet!: Another reporter has been suckered in by the same tired old...

Pollan painting #4: The golden arches

The latest in a series of interpretive paintings done by 5-year-old Frederick, inspired by his mother’s reading "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" and summarizing it for him. (See #1, Children of the corn | #2: Chicken Little at Magic Mountain | #3: Sequoia National Pork) To counteract billions...

How I taught my kid to curse…and why I blame Big Food

We're very pleased to bring you this guest post from Ali, as we've long been fans of her blog. Ali says she was once a nugget-snarfing, soda-guzzling, TV dinner kind of gal. Since then she has come to her senses, and is doing her best to raise healthy kids in a Froot Snack world. When she's not at her local...

Non-total recall: The USDA’s lack of authority

A line of 7,500 trucks stretching 85 miles. That's what it would take to haul the nearly 300 million pounds of meat and poultry products that were recalled between January 1, 1994, and November 30, 2007, in 773 separate incidents. These eye-popping numbers come from the appendix of a Congressional Research...

Digest – Clones as Food special edition

This is a special edition of the Digest devoted to reactions to the Food and Drug Administration's determination that clones and their milk are safe for consumption. Rick Weiss reports on the USDA's request for a "voluntary moratorium" on selling clones to allow consumers to adjust to the idea...

FDA approves food from cloned animals

Rick Weiss at the Washington Post has the scoop that the FDA has concluded that meat and dairy from cloned animals (and their conventionally bred offspring) are safe to eat. I can't rant at quite the length I would like, due to neck-back-right-arm pain (no Digest for a while, sorry), but I couldn't let this...

Digest – News: WA pushes farm-to-table for schools, CA to preserve raw milk, VA to help farmers earn more income

Growing back to school: Proposed legislation would put Washington State at the forefront of efforts to get more farm-fresh, locally grown food into lunches at schools and at other institutions — but there are many, many hurdles to be overcome, not least of which is defining "local." (Seattle...

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