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“Local” shark-jumping also feeds the minnows

Getting fresh: Tom Laskawy revisits yesterday's NYT article on the co-option of the local label by Big Food, and pulls out the one encouraging element of the trend — how some large-scale California growers are looking more at fruits and vegetables that could be sold to local wholesalers and at farmers...

Digest – News: Smithfield’s flu, organic for the masses, Vilsack reserves judgment

They're not confining everything, apparently: MSM's all over the swine flu (SJ Merc) and U.S. hog prices are tanking (Reuters), but few are talking about its possible origins - flies and manure from the CAFO facilities of a Mexican subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. What would we do without Tom Philpott?...

Let’s cure Absencia Grassosis! Weigh in on organic pasture rule by Dec. 23

We've reported before on a disturbing disease that's been plaguing large-scale organic dairies: Absencia Grassosis. Sounds pretty nasty, doesn't it? Loosely translated, it means lack of grass. Industrial-organic companies including Aurora (supplier of organic milk to Safeway and other private-label brands)...

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...

Digest – News: So Monsanto, going to take on Wal-Mart? Meanwhile, raw milk’s losing

It ain't over until the biotech giant screams: Wal-Mart says its private-label milk will be produced with no artificial growth hormones, aka Monsanto's rBST drug Posilac. (Globe and Mail) Related: Kroger wants to be able to tell consumers in its more than 3,200 groceries and convenience stores that its milk...

Digest – News: Scary wheat fungus spreading, food prices climbing, don’t blame the soda (right)

When it grains it pours: A dangerous new fungus with the ability to destroy entire wheat fields has been detected in Iran, says the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. Up to 80% of all Asian and African wheat varieties are susceptible to the fungus, which can be transmitted across continents by wind....

Be a “responsible masticator”: “Keep on Shoppin’ in a (Label) Free World”!

Eco-Farm n00bs Tom and I weren't sure what to expect from the January conference's talent show, but we knew we'd be entertained one way or another. However, instead of the quavery folk songs this city snob was anticipating — OK, there were one or two of those, along with the requisite heartfelt...

Digest – News: More Downergate fallout, Monsanto defeat likely in Kansas, moth myth busters

The full Digest is now back with a vengeance. Umbrellas up! And thanks to Jack for his help. Nothing but the worst for our kids: For years the USDA has had problems ensuring that beef supplied to the national school-lunch program meets food-safety standards. Awarding contracts to the lowest bidder may have...

Thinking about carbon “foodprints”

The February 25 issue of The New Yorker has an important article by staff writer Michael Specter about some of the economic, logistical, and moral issues related to our individual contributions to the climate crisis* (our "carbon footprints"). In his exploration of the topic, he covers product...

Keepin’ it natural: Urgent action on meat labels

On a recent trip to the grocery store, a friend of mine living in the Midwest decided to put in a plug for grass-fed beef. They won't supply it if we don't ask for it, right? She approached the man behind the meat counter and asked if they carried it. With a completely straight face, he responded:...

An open letter to Monsanto

Oh, Monsanto. Just look at you. You've got your knit cap pulled down tight over your crew cut, and your stomach is sticking out beneath your skull-and-crossbones T-shirt. Your face is riddled with acne, and your eyes are all hard and mean. You've been left back a few grades now — summer school doesn't...

Kansas Legislature joins list of those who prefer consumers stay ignorant

Members of the Kansas Legislature have joined the esteemed lawmakers or regulators in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio who want to spare their citizens the challenge of too much information. Specifically, they want to keep consumers ignorant of whether the milk they’re drinking comes from cows not dosed...

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