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.
Animal welfare is a very important issue for most Americans, but it is definitely not a concern for the factory farmers “raising” most of our farm animals these days. Is a “humane” labeling reform on the way to help people choose better meat and animal product options?