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Jane Black has a great article in the Washington Post's food section today, about how the recent tsunami of headlines on contaminated food from China, E. coli outbreaks, and cloned meat has caused an increasing number of people "to become their own food inspectors, using the Internet and their values...

The spread of transgenic corn, soybeans and cotton

As a follow-up to Tom Philpott's post about genetically modified crops (also known as transgenic or genetically engineered crops), I thought I'd post some data on transgenic crop adoption in the United States. Because products made from transgenic crops are never labeled, it is probably not well known that...

Canadian government wants feedback on food safety

On December 17, 2007, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the government will be implementing a new "Food and Consumer Safety Action Plan". Apparently, the federal health and agriculture departments want feedback from Canadians on how the government should carry out its proposed...

PA pulls the plug on rBGH-free label ban

According to Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility's Campaign for Safe Food and the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture released new rules this morning that essentially reverse the ban that was passed late last year on rBGH-free labels for milk. According to the campaign,...

Digest – Blogs: Juicy distinctions, egg licensing, grassfed beef dissin’

Adding it all up: Marion Nestle weighs in on a new promotion for Minute Maid's specially enhanced fruit juices, and explains in an interesting aside what it means that the FDA regulates label claims but the FTC governs advertising. (Eating Liberally) What exactly is "candling" anyway?: Chronicling...

Guest post: A Vermont hog farmer’s opinion of the proposed “Naturally Raised” label

The following is from Walter Jeffries, who raises hogs on pasture in Vermont at Sugar Mountain Farm. A while back I wrote that the USDA was stealing the term Naturally Grown. Well, they have done so. No need to listen to comments from the people. No need to wait for the rule to be implemented. They just...

Digest – News: New label controversy, Chipotle toots humane horn, FDA still rumored to approve cloned food

"Naturally raised," our confined ass: Both the USDA and the FDA are reviewing and soliciting public comments for a proposed new label, "naturally raised," as distinct from "natural." The former would attest that the meat came from an animal free of antibiotics and growth...

Digest – Features: Big local, organic Apple; Temple Grandin on the ‘guest test,’ proposed new nutrition label

Local food, 365 days a year: Kim Severson on the possibility that New York will build a large, permanent farmers market featuring local and seasonal produce, cheesemongers, butchers, and a selection of staples. Guess Whole Foods isn't doing the trick. (New York Times) We worship (at the) Temple Grandin: The...

Digest – Blogs: Lawyer eyes raw milk wars, reporter eyes pasteurized milk outbreak

Marler for the cause: We've been enjoying the blog of personal-injury lawyer Bill Marler, aka the E. Coli Avenger, right up until when he started talking about raw milk as if it were a weak antelope falling behind the rest of the herd. (By the way, Mr. Marler, downloading and posting the Ethicurean's photo...

Digest – News: Tomato pay raise endangered, Smithfield rejects clones, organic fish debated

Forgive us readers, for it has been a record 12 days since the last Digest. But we're back,  with an incomplete list of links both moldy and fresh. Smell before you click. What's "un-American" is virtual slave labor: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has fought for years to persuade...

Are locavores hurting African farmers?

Are the locavores — those who strive to eat a diet of locally produced foods — responsible for the ruination of poor African farmers? The headline — "Farmers in developing world hurt by 'eat local' philosophy in U.S." — of an op-ed in Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle...

Digest – Features: Locavore hit Parade, ethical certifiers, attack of the Chinese tomatoes

Praise Jesus. And call Oprah!: Parade magazine — mainstream America's bible — has a story on seeking out locally grown foods for Thanksgiving. Now if we can just get him and her and (might as well dream) her to endorse locavoreanism and ethicureanism, we'll be set. For whom the label tolls: The...

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