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Hey (California) Hipsters, You Can Still Drink Almond Milk

Even before the California drought was threatening food security for basically every American, almond milk drinkers were being singled out. No longer could California’s Millennials sip their almond milk lattes in peace, they were now pariahs, wastefully sloshing around a few almonds in a whole lot of water for an over-priced latte they probably had to stand in line a half an hour to get. What a way to spend a Saturday. Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott lovingly scolded almond milk drinkers last year for partaking in “an abuse of a great foodstuff,” he wrote, noting that a protein-packed almond gets quite diluted in a jug of almond milk (which is mostly water)—a fool’s gold, of sorts.

May 16th

The Backyard Sheep – Book Review

If you’ve ever thought about keeping sheep, but didn’t know where to start, Sue Weavers has written The Backyard Sheep for you. This introductory guide takes the reader through a survey of sheep breeds, their care, and how to deal with the most common problems that might come up.

June 30th

Washington’s Drug Feud With Taiwan

Americans may have a bird’s eye view to a lot of things, but U.S. citizens are largely kept in the dark regarding food safety issues, even if those issues have global implications. If you’re a regular reader here, you’re probably already aware of the gross prevalence to which America’s meat is filled with unnecessary hormones […]

February 23rd

Unprecedented Growth in Factory Farming in U.S.

From California to Iowa to Michigan, factory farming has blown up in the past 5-10 years. A new interactive map on this topic created by Food & Water Watch “illustrates the geographic shift in where and how food is raised in the U.S. and allows anyone to quickly search for the highest concentration of animals […]

December 28th

FDA Warns Against Antibiotics in Livestock

The Food and Drug Administration recently expressed concerns related to the overuse of antibiotics in raising animals for food. FDA raised concerns about the rise in drug-resistant pathogens, and they’re pointing to industrial agriculture as a major culprit. The problem is that it’s an industry practice not to just use these antibiotics to treat sick […]

July 9th

Environmental Impact of Eating Meat

New United Nation Food and Agriculture report tells us again that eating meat has perhaps the largest negative environmental impact of any human action. And more than half of the world’s crops are fed to animals. I’ve written on the relationship between eating meat (or being vegetarian) and the environment extensively before. However, there is […]

June 24th