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Endangered, eh? Canada Scientists Confirm Bluefin Tuna Are in Deep Trouble

By Catherine Kilduff, Center for Biological Diversity * Updated on June 2, 2011 by Marc R.* It’s official: We really are fishing to extinction a fish that has sustained us for millennia, the bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus). Last week Canada’s scientists declared the Atlantic bluefin tuna endangered, meaning...

Boycotting bluefin isn’t enough — time to turn on the siren

Critics of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas often say that the acronym ICCAT might better stand for the “International Conspiracy to Catch All Tuna.” At its most recent meeting, ICCAT lived up to that derisive nickname by setting 2011 catch levels for Atlantic bluefin tuna...

‘Top Chef’ fails school-food test, but Colicchio passes with flying colors

In Episode 2 of this season's "Top Chef," the contestants took on school lunch: the 16 contestants divided into four teams, each of which had to cook a nutritionally acceptable lunch for 50 students with a budget of only $2.60 per meal and 30 minutes to plan, 30 minutes to shop, 2.5 hours to prep, and 1...

Baltimore gets food czar

B'more healthy: Baltimore has hired a food policy coordinator, making the city one of the first with a paid "food czar" -- although taxpayers aren't paying her salary, a coalition of nonprofits are, to the tune of just 30 hours a week. Holly Freishtat is charged with "getting more healthy food on the tables...

Supreme court ruling not techically a victory for Monsanto after all

Hype haymaker: "The sustainable agriculture world is abuzz today with news of the Supreme Court's ruling regarding an earlier lawsuit, brought by alfalfa farmers, that sought to stop any planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa seed. While the press coverage heralds the ruling as...

Why we need to arm the EPA against toxic chemicals

Silent scream: "In America, chemicals are innocent until proven guilty," writes Bejamin Ross in this fascinating summary of the FDA and the larger history of U.S. regulation of toxic substances in food and our everyday environments. While this rule of thumb has been in place for over a century, it's not how...

Industrial ag can’t get enough federal bucks?

Snow us the money! David Goldstein, Washington correspondent for McClatchy newspapers, reports that three senators are standing up for the poor, neglected industrial agriculture industry against the wicked Know Your Farmer Know Your Food program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From the story: Sens....

A bad week for bluefin tuna and sharks

It was a bad week for some of the ocean's top predators in Doha, Qatar as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) rejected international trade restrictions on northern bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) and eight species of sharks. I haven't seen much coverage of vote on the shark...

‘Top Chef’ should take up the ultimate challenge: school lunch

Season 7 of Bravo’s Top Chef will be based in Washington, D.C., reported the Metrocurean (no relation) a few days ago, with filming to begin in early April. That means that the popular reality show, with its supersized personalities and offbeat kitchen challenges, will be in Washington at the same time as...

The ‘femivore’: New breed of feminist, or frontier throwback?

Cross-posted from Grist, where I am serving as deputy food editor (part time). Have locavores and feminists -- factions that a few years ago, some bloggers believed to be fundamentally at odds -- become allies? That's what Peggy Orenstein suggests in her essay, "The Femivore's Dilemma," for today's New York...

Big Meat has tantrum over Oct 15 Michael Pollan talk at CalPoly

RIP, academic freedom: Writer Michael Pollan—aka "elitist," and apparently Agribiz Public Enemy No. 1—will now be part of a panel discussion at Cal Poly on Oct. 15 instead of giving a planned one-hour lecture. Harris Ranch Beef Company Chairman David E. Wood wrote to Cal Poly President Warren Baker...

Meet your greens, part 3: Taking the stand against the veggilantes

This is the third in a series about the USDA hearings on an industry proposal for a food-safety marketing agreement for leafy green vegetables. My first post describes what marketing agreements are and do; my second covers the first day of testimony, which was dominated by industry supporters of the...

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