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The Natural Food Label Means Nothing

June 25th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

When you grocery shop, do you choose natural food because it's healthier? The word "natural" on a food label actual means nothing at all. Let's talk about it


Top News from the Food Front: Salmonella Spice Rack, Soda Ban, OMG BSE

June 7th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

This week's food news will make you cringe and rejoice. New obesity research offers both hope and Western chagrin. Animal ag's dark footprint puts salmonella on the spice rack, as well as on sandwiches. According to the CDC, we've got a bit of a mad cow problem around here -- though obviously it's actually a human problem; more specifically, it's a wildly dysfunctional food-system problem that we could fix if we chose to do so. Don't miss the yum or ignore the yuck: read on, for the week's top news in food!


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!


Meat Temperatures: What’s Safe?

May 26th, 2014 | by Mary Gerush

As grilling season begins, it's good to refresh the memory on safe meat temperatures. How hot should that patty be? Read on for the USDA's recommendations


Top News from the Food Front: Organic Market Booms, USDA Drops Balls

May 17th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

What's new in food? Glad you asked! This week the USDA shows off its rubber stamp for 'humane' meat and poultry labels, while it shops for guns (no, really!) instead of regulating anything as silly as food labels. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of pounds of meat are recalled due to lack of USDA inspection. In less infuriating news, consumers seek out organics in ever-increasing numbers, and nifty new research weighs in on both high blood pressure and Egyptian vegetarians.


Top News from the Food Front: New Food Documentary, New Food System Foolishness

May 10th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Vermont boldly goes where no state has gone before, and food industry moguls mobilize to resist transparency. The USDA gets something right, surprising local food enthusiasts everywhere; and Katie Couric's new documentary cheeses off the food industry's obesity profiteers. Meanwhile industrial ag causes problems for bees, food eaters, and the whole planet actually. What else is new in the world of food? Glad you asked!


Top News from the Food Front: GMO Labeling Boom, Food Stamp Win, USDA Fail

March 15th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Should you be allowed to know how much mercury you're eating? Or whether your food contains GMOs? Our legal and legislative bodies struggle to answer these food-industry-vexing questions. Meanwhile the USDA bats its eyelashes at Big Ag, and proposes new ways to make poultry packers happy via less regulation, increased food safety risks, and more hazardous conditions for workers. Speaking of foolishness -- this time with a dash of hilarious irony -- Jon Stewart invites Paul Ryan to eat his own ill-considered words, with which Ryan disdained free lunch programs for poor children. Find the week's best and worst food news here!


Top News from the Food Front: Ag-Gag Alert, GMNo, & Food-Package Poison

February 22nd, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Idaho strides boldly towards hideousness, with its latest bill aimed at criminalizing animal-ag whistleblowers. Food stamp use rises among a population where it absolutely should not, and a new report indicts the 'substantial equivalence' assessment that boosted GMOs to grocery-shelf sovereignty. Meanwhile poison seeps into your food from its packaging, and grocery manufacturers try to dupe you with deceptive labeling -- okay, technically that last thing isn't (strictly speaking) 'news.' But the food news world has been hopping this week: don't miss the good stuff, read on!



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