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Tag: factory farming

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

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!

Funky Chicken: New Reports Find Poultry Bacteria-Laden, Regulation Inadequate

Do you still eat chickens? There’s never been a better time to consider ditching birds from your diet. New reports find ridiculous levels of bacterial contamination in chicken meat, including many antibiotic resistant strains. Both organic and conventionally raised birds were found to be riddled with potentially dangerous bacteria, calling USDA practices into serious question and providing abundant inspiration for alternate sandwich-ingredient exploration.

Top News from the Food Front: Sugar Power, Sriracha Crisis, GMO Labeling Win, & Factory Farm Fiasco

As of this week, the U.S. finally boasts at least one state with a rudimentary GMO labeling law! But according to China, our corn is still icky because there’s precious little actual regulation of GMOs in our food products. New research compares the relative powers of sugar vs. fat to trigger food cravings. And Sriracha’s in trouble again — batten the (cupboard) hatches! Animal-ag debacles, farmed animal cruelty, and vegan wins abound. Read on, for the week’s top news in food!

Top News From the Food Front: New EDB Series Starts Now!

Each week brings more food news to our browsers than we can shake a fork at — but our readers are continually hungry for knowledge about what they’re putting on their plates, and in their bodies. Here at EDB we often cover GMO labeling, food marketing, ag-gag legislation, and other current events in depth; but the food news river flows wide and fast. To keep up with that current, read on!

Salmonella Outbreak Sickens Hundreds: CDC Scrambles, USDA Scowls

A salmonella outbreak linked to California’s Foster Farms chicken products has sickened at least 278 people in 18 states — some of the strains involved resist antibiotic treatment. Formerly furloughed government ‘regulators’ scramble frantically to catch up with the foodborne debacle. Disease purveyors urge you to cook the poop in your chicken so it can’t make you sick. The ongoing salmonella outbreak begs the question: is this really the best we can do?

Why Lab Meat Is & Isn’t the Answer

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.