Where's the beef?

Is Taco Bell's beef 'filler' the healthiest thing it sells?

As Grist's Tom Laskawy reported earlier today, an Alabama law firm is suing Taco Bell in order to force the company to stop labeling the contents of its Crunchy Tacos as "beef." The firm says their own tests revealed the tacos are only 35 percent beef -- the rest is filler! Not surprisingly, Taco Bell has called the firm a pack of lying liars, sort of. Here's the official response.

Filler up

Taco Bell 'beef': mostly not beef [UPDATED]

A class-action lawsuit claims that Taco Bell puts too much filler in its beef products to legally call it beef.

East Wing-ing it

How Walmart execs fleeced the White House on 'healthy food'

Michelle Obama and Walmart announced a healthy food initiative last week. The media accepted the deal at face value. Here are some hard questions.

Local color

With food-system reform slowed to a crawl, local initiatives come to fore

Food-policy reform at the national level isn't getting anywhere fast. But don't get depressed; organize at the local level!

but why are we in a handbasket?

Rising commodity prices and extreme weather events threaten global stability

Get ready for a rocky year. From now on, rising prices, powerful storms, severe droughts and floods, and other unexpected events are likely to play havoc with the fabric of global society, producing chaos and political unrest.

Mc-interpreting the law

Why the Happy Meal is a crime — and not just a culinary one

Strong scientific evidence suggests that marketing to children under age 8 is "inherently deceptive." Deceptive advertising is illegal. Therefore ...

Buy-over country

Welcome to the food deserts of rural America

How is it possible that people in farm country have a hard time finding food? In short, food deserts are complicated.

Oh, it stings, it stings!

Top USDA bee researcher also found Bayer pesticide harmful to honeybees

Remember the case of the leaked document showing that the EPA's own scientists are concerned about a pesticide it approved that might harm fragile honeybee populations? Well, it turns out that USDA researchers also have good evidence that these nicotine-derived chemicals could be playing a part in Colony Collapse Disorder. So why on earth are they still in use on millions of acres of American farmland?

Smoke and mirrors

Monsanto's latest farmwashing ad campaign debuts

We have two agricultural systems in this country, both claiming to be good for farmers and both claiming to be sustainable, says Marion Nestle. But only one has millions of dollars' worth of ads selling its version of reality.

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