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Controversial ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill Moves into Washington State

January 25th, 2015 | by Jill Ettinger

Washington State might be progressive when it comes to passing laws that allow the use of recreational cannabis, but it’s taking a turn back in time towards oppressing its residents freedom of speech with one of the first proposed laws of 2015: House Bill 1104—an “ag-gag” bill sponsored by state Reps. Joe Schmick (R-Colfax) and and J.T. Wilcox (R-Yelm) that will make it illegal to record audio or video of activity taking place inside Washington factory farms without consent.

Top News from the Food Front: Safety Fails, GMO Nopes, Vegan Wins

June 14th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Check your kitchen! Multiple food recalls attempt to keep mad cow disease and salmonella off your plate (and out of your smoothies). Industry behemoths sue Vermont over their groundbreaking GMO labeling law, as the USSC comes down on the side of accountability in cola labeling. Meanwhile Harvard researchers link red meat consumption to breast cancer (anyone see a trend, here?) as vegan wins multiply like happy prolific little spring bunnies. Read on, food news junkies -- feed your brain, with all the best stories from around the Food-O-Sphere!

Top News from the Food Front: Veggie Kids, Printed Food, White Bread Health Risk

May 31st, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Did you see those great new vegan cooking sites that just launched? Did you hear about the secret for getting kids to ask for seconds on their veggies? And oh my goodness, what about that 3-D printed food for nursing home patients?! In other news, a science group files a complaint against the USDA over antibiotic resistant salmonella, and Idaho's ag-gag foolishness faces well-deserved constitutional challenges. Read on, for all the week's tastiest food news -- in one convenient package!

Top News from the Food Front: Food Safety Facepalms, Food Rev Wins

April 19th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

This week's food news features some un-delicious food safety irony, GMO labeling progress, and urban gardening 'greenovation.' Meanwhile former President Clinton plays fast and loose with 'the V word,' and efforts to protect farm workers gain momentum. Read on, for the week's good-bad-and-ugly food news!

Top News from the Food Front: Childhood Obesity, Idaho Ag-Gag, & Monsanto’s (cough) ‘Sustainability’

March 1st, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

This week's food news is maddening, if you don't happen be a sociopath who loves animal cruelty; but on the bright side, if you adore ag-gag laws and think accountability, food safety, and the First Amendment are all for the (antibiotic-resistant-disease-ridden) birds, then you're in for a treat! Monsanto offers up some rather obnoxious distractions to this ag-gag foolishness -- unfortunately for human kidneys, Monarch butterflies, and pretty much that whole 'environment' thingie. But before diving in to all those noxious Big Ag news fumes, let's talk about progress: yes, some exists! For all the good, bad and ugly in the food world, get your news fix here!

Ag-gag Ugliness Gains Ground in Idaho: Bill Clears House, Awaits Gov. Signature

February 27th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

After undercover reporters revealed animal cruelty at an Idaho dairy facility, guilty parties moved quickly to address the problem: almost immediately animal agriculture interests in that state introduced a bill to criminalize any reporting of such abuse. Idaho's ag-gag bill passed the Senate earlier this month, then yesterday cleared the House. Now it only awaits a swipe of the governor's pen to ensure that criminal prosecution focuses where it belongs: on people who tell you where your food comes from, and what's done in your name to get it onto your plate

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