Food

the empire strikes back

Soda lobby gets its game on

HuffingtonPost has a piece up detailing the food lobby’s full court press over a federal soda/sweetener tax: During the first 9 months of 2009, the industry groups stepped up their lobbying in Congress. They have …

Two words: endocrine disruptor

Consumer Reports finds BPA traces in common canned foods

Bisphenol A, commonly abbreviated as BPA, is vile stuff–not the kind of thing a smart species knowingly introduces into its ecosystem. And if a species were to willfully foul its nest with BPA, it would …

ISI isn't so popular

New allies in fight against Obama’s pesticide lobbyist nominee

I’m sure many of you have seen the various petitions zipping around the Internet encouraging opposition to President Obama’s nomination of pesticide lobbyist Islam “Isi” Siddiqui to the Office of the United State’s Trade Representative. …

Drinking problems

I drink raw milk (sold illegally on the underground market)

From Joel Salatin’s foreword to The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights by David Gumpert. I drink raw milk, sold illegally on the underground black market. I grew up on raw …

weasel in sheep's clothing

If you can’t beat ’em, cheat ’em

Photo: Kat… via FlickrConsider the weasel: so unassuming, even sweet — on the outside. But put them near their prey and watch out! I’ve got weasels on my mind, of course, thanks to Ohio Issue …

Deniers with attitude (and power)

Sen. Inhofe and U.S. Farm Bureau chief casually chat about destroying the climate bill

Break out the heavy artillery: Sen. Inhofe leads the denier brigades. Photo: U.S. ArmyPaging Michael Specter: I’ve got some live ones for you. Deniers, that is–folks who irrationally cling to faith-based beliefs, despite overwhelming scientific …

Not just a river in Egypt

Michael Specter’s new book ‘Denialism’ misses its targets

“The theologian may indulge the pleasing task of describing Religion as she descended from Heaven, arrayed in her native purity. A more melancholy duty is imposed on the historian. He must discover the inevitable mixture …

N.Y. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand answers Grist’s questions on the Kerry-Boxer bill

Kirsten Gillibrand was in the midst of her second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving New York’s 20th District, when Gov. David Paterson selected her to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate. …

things that go pumpkin the night

The most frightening story this Halloween is … pumpkintop removal

I want to draw attention to one of the gravest — but least publicized — environmental crimes of our times. It is one of brutal violence, utter waste, and total disregard for the planet’s resources. …