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USDA approves fecal-burger (Part 3)

September 10th, 2013 | by Jeremy Bloom

And we’re back to the definition of insanity again. Even though a USDA pilot program has resulted in stomach-turning health [&hellip


Pink slime fights back!

September 15th, 2012 | by Jeremy Bloom

Last year, we told you about the grossest concoction ever developed by the US food industry: pink slime. This nasty [&hellip


What’s next for the secret Farm Bill

November 23rd, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

By Heather Carr (Cross-posted from our sister-blog, EatDrinkBetter) The SuperCommittee admitted defeat yesterday. The budget cuts will have to be [&hellip


The trouble with Monsanto and GMO – Dr David Suzuki spells it out

October 16th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

In honor of World Food Day, I thought it was important to take a look at the issue of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). I've been asked why we're writing so much about Monsanto and GMO. I'm not a geneticist. If I say "We don't know enough about this," I'm just one guy. So I'll let a geneticist answer those questions. But David Suzuki is one of the top geneticists in the world, and he says, "Because we aren't certain about the effects of GMOs, we must consider one of the guiding principles in science, the precautionary principle. Under this principle, if a policy or action could harm human health or the environment, we must not proceed until we know for sure what the impact will be. And it is up to those proposing the action or policy to prove that it is NOT harmful."


Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

July 2nd, 2011 | by Steve Savage

Today, to be patriotic, I bought my wife some red, white and blue carnations. I asked the clerk who was trimming and wrapping the flowers where they came from, and he said, "Columbia." I would rather have purchased them from a domestic grower, but I couldn't.... And it's hard to find domestic fruits and vegetables, too. What happened


It’s official: Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide causes birth defects

June 8th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

A new report by some top scientists has nailed it down, and Monsanto isn't going to be happy. The Agri-giant has built its entire business model, including genetically modified (GMO) crops that dominate the US market, around its Roundup brand herbicide. They last thing they want to admit is that it causes birth defects. But that's just what a group of scientists from a diverse group - including Cambridge University, the King’s College London School of Medicine, and the Institute of Biology, UNICAMP, São Paulo, Brazil - have found


Fukushima radiation found in California milk, fruit, vegetables

June 1st, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

As the crippled reactors in Japan continue to emit radiation into the environment, the risk grows that it will appear in our food. Radiation has already been detected in trace amounts in milk across the U.S., and in strawberries, kale and other vegetables in California


California votes to label (but not ban) GMO frankenfish

May 4th, 2011 | by Dan Bacher

With the USDA expected to approve genetically modified (GMO) salmon in the near future - without any serious safety research - it may devolve on the states to try to minimize the potential negative impact. The California Assembly Health Committee in Sacramento on May 3 approved a bill requiring that all GMO salmon sold in California contain clear and prominent labeling


Jamie Oliver wants to know why pink slime is part of your child’s healthy school lunch

April 13th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom

Why on earth does the USDA allow "pink slime" - a homogenized mix of the nastiest dregs and runoff of the meat processing industry - to be added into school lunches for America's children? That's the question celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is asking on his show Food Revolution (Tuesday nights from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), and hopefully his voice will actually inspire somebody to listen



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