Food

2010-11-05-food-fight

Does the food safety bill give the FDA too much power — or not enough?

Debate begins later today in the Senate on the Food Safety Modernization Act. We conclude our Food Fight over the bill with a discussion about whether the government can be trusted to inspect, regulate, and penalize big and small facilities …

Food

Looking at meat drives men into a fit of calmness, happiness

Canadian researchers recently steaked the claim that the sight of a big, juicy burger and other well-done meats soothes the savage and beastly instincts in men. But can vegetarians remain calm?

2010-11-05-food-fight

Will the Tester amendment to S. 510 help small farms and processors, but put more kids at risk?

"Deadly pathogens do not discriminate based on the size of a business," argues Food Fight panelist Kathleen Chrismer, the mother of a young victim of E. coli poisoning. Others counter that food can never be 100 percent safe.

Food

Why deficit hysteria isn’t good for food-system reform

The Beltway has been overcome by a wave of deficit hysteria. That may spell doom for farm subsidies -- but it can only hurt the effort to reform the food system.

Food

More revelations of FDA bad behavior around GE salmon

A second consumer advocacy group has obtained even more documentation that the FDA is ignoring serious concerns from government scientists over the safety of GE salmon. Perhaps it's time to rethink our fish priorities: some smoked Arctic char on that …

Food

Google's Hotpot debuts: Cool party, lukewarm reception

Google's launch party for Hotpot, its new location-based, restaurant-rating service, was just as fun as the old bubble-era shindigs used to be. Too bad it seems more like Why?-ware than Web 3.0.

2010-11-05-food-fight

Will the Food Safety Modernization Act harm small farms or producers?

Voting on S. 510 could happen Wednesday. If this food-safety bill passes, it will greatly expand the FDA's authority and lessen food-borne illnesses. But in doing so, will it knee-cap America's nascent local-food system? Grist's panel of experts take their …

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Is my smart phone making me dumb?

For years, I've talked on cell phones the old-fashioned way: with the device glued to my ear. Turns out, I've been defying the industry's own fine-print warnings. Boy, do I feel stupid!

Food

Americans need to stop multitasking while eating alone, argues French sociologist Claude Fischler

You're not alone in eating alone -- at least in America. It's what most of us do: in front of computers and TVs, or in cars. But as the preëminent French food sociologist Claude Fischler explained, we represent one extreme …