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A side of sustainability: Solar water-heated dishwashers, biodiesel delivery trucks, local produce are all part of the burgeoning trend of "green" restaurants in Los Angeles. Russ Parsons tries to make sense of the claims, shows what restaurateurs are doing (and are not doing, like totally giving up bottled water, a significant revenue stream).
The Ethicurean is honored to be able to publish this guest post by Elanor Starmer, a new acquaintance. A New Hampshire native who acquired intimate knowledge of integrated pest management when her house was infested with the ladybugs used to fight aphids on her next-door neighbor's organic farm, Elanor
Bye-bye, organic coffee, sugar, chocolate?: Sam Fromartz reports on a new ruling by the USDA that dramatically changes how non-U.S. farms are certified organic. Previously, only a small percentage of farms in "grower groups" would be randomly inspected, and the group would then police the remainder's
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PET OWNERS ALERT: Many cats and dogs have suffered kidney failure and about 10 have died after eating pet food by Menu Foods, which is recalling dog food sold under 46 brands and cat food sold under 37 brands (including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba) at major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Safeway.
First salvo in budget battle: The Senate Budget Committee chair issued his blueprint for federal spending yesterday, which included $15 billion more for Farm Bill agriculture spending between 2007 and 2012 than did the Congressional Budget Office baseline. Senate Ag Chair Tom Harkin says that's not enough