Farm antibiotic use increased yet again in 2014. Farmers are now using 23% more antibiotics than they were in 2009.
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!
What’s new in food news? Great things and foolish things! Veganism boosts sexytime, organics go mainstream, and states take action against agricultural abuse of antibiotics. Meanwhile the GMO labeling battle rages, the biotech industry throws well-funded hissyfits, and U.S. trade suffers because we can’t get our GMO problem under control. Read on, for the week’s best and worst news in food!
Is your ‘Chef’s Special’ dinner protected by copyright law? Do you know what potentially problematic chemistry your yoga mat and your bread (plus about 500 other grocery items in your pantry) might have in common? Consumers increasingly turn away from genetically modified food: does the food industry give a flip? Does the FDA? For all this food news and more — including a long list of factory-farm foolishness to boggle the noodles of non-sociopathic food fans — read on!
Last week researchers whisked back the curtain on a hot new invention in the food science world: lab-grown meat. The development of ‘schmeat’ lights a fire under foodies in all camps — carnistic folk or those with animal industry ties argue it’ll never be as ‘good’ as carcass-meat from actual beings; the public reception seems skeptical at best; some animal rights enthusiasts support it as a means to less killing; and some vegans stridently oppose the premise that more meat (however it’s made) could be the answer to any question worth asking. But complex problems rarely lend themselves to simple solutions: there’s more to the issue of lab-made meat than simplistic yes-or-no arguments can adequately address.
A group of animal welfare advocates, journalists and others recently filed suit against the state of Utah, in which plaintiffs claim the state’s year-old ag-gag law violates the U.S. Constitution. Though many states have joined the ag-gag craze, Utah was the first to attempt a (failed) prosecution under such a statute — and now boasts the first lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of these anti-whistleblower anti-transparency pro-animal-cruelty laws.