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Tag: food issues

The Staying Power of Dairy Hormones

A new study by researchers at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center found that hormones injected into dairy cows during the “production” phase may stick around much longer than expected. Much like that couch surfing friend [ … ]

Animal Rights Conference Update

We are now barely into the month of June, which means…we have made it through the torrential downpour of spring, the frigid winter, and also, that the Animal Rights 2012 National Conference is two months from kickoff. I will have the pleasure of attending the AR2012 from August 2 through August 5 this year in Washington D.C., which is a great excuse to visit the area and hear a bunch of amazing speakers, authors and activists for the first time.

Mass Food Poisonings Create Food Safety Questions

Last week, a strange case of food poisoning amongst elementary school children was suspected to be attributed to school lunches.
Now, those investigating the situation are thinking it might not be as isolated as originally thought. But before you get too freaked out, this incident occurred in China, not in the United States. However, that doesn’t mean safety standards shouldn’t be scrutinized here as well.
Food poisoning put 368 children in a Chinese hospital in early April, but now two other food poisoning incidents have occurred in recent days in the same area. What might that mean?

How Can We Ensure Clean Water For All?

Today is officially World Water Day 2012. Eat Drink Better and the Important Media network have decided to participate by providing written works on water issues around the world. Find [ … ]

Trans Fat Maybe, Kind of Linked to Aggression

A new study from the journal PLoS ONE claims trans fats might be linked to aggressive behaviors. And now a collective, “I knew it!” First of all, New York knew it first, by banning trans fats ages ago, as did some other countries. Secondly, this doesn’t mean you can go on a rude spree and then get a free pass.

Pink Slime: It’s What’s for Dinner

ABC News posted a story this week about an additive in ground beef called ‘pink slime,’ as originally reported in The Daily and then Huffington Post. The scandal is that pink slime, or ammoniated beef trimmings, is wildly prevalent in school cafeterias.

Orthorexia: A Disorder of Health

The obsession with eating healthy has a name: orthorexia nervosa. Quite simply, orthorexia has been elevated to eating disorder status due to one’s fixation on food, where an overwhelming amount of mental attention is spent thinking about and restricting access to certain foods.

Chipotle Makes Delicious Food, Fights For Animals

Last Sunday during the Grammys, Chipotle aired a groundbreaking commercial discussing the very issues highlighted above related to factory farming. But they didn’t do it the fire and brimstone way. Chipotle’s strategy involved cute animation and Willie Nelson.

A Brief Discussion of Exploding ‘Manure Foam’

Midwestern hog farmers have been experience problems with exploding manure pits for a few years now, according to the Minnesota Daily. Basically, foam began to build on top of manure pits. This foam supposedly traps methane gas, and if a spark nears it, the pit explodes, taking barns and pigs with it.

Urgent: Ask EPA to Stop the Spread of Superbugs

After promising farmers their genetically-modified (GM) corn would resist crop pests, Monsanto, and Midwestern corn fields, are seeing the evolution of insects that have begun to resist toxins in these “super” crops. How can you take action?