Food

Spray-and-trade

Can climate legislation survive the Senate Ag Committee’s embrace?

Real climate action–or agribusiness as usual?Photo: mike138After the House narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey climate legislation, there was some talk that the bill might be “strengthened” in the Senate. The bill’s sponsors had faced a serious …

Beer me, Barry!

Unsolicited advice about organic beer for the Obama Beer Summit

Every once in a while, Obama reminds us that a thinking human being, and not a card-reading automaton, has taken over the White House. The latest evidence: his handling of the Skip Gates arrest. Obama …

Salad spinner

With House food-safety bill a done deal, questions remain [UPDATED]

Healthy appetizer — or public-health menace.[The House Food Safety Bill passed overwhelmingly Thursday afternoon. See more at bottom of post.] ————- The House will vote today on a momentous, controversial plan to overhaul a large …

Notable quotable

On the origin of ‘superweeds’ and the chemical treadmill

“There is no telling how many articles I have written with the theme of ‘Roundup every Monday morning until there is nothing out there but soybeans’ or ‘the best tank mix partner with Roundup is …

Notable quotable

Dow Agrosciences: farm like there’s no tomorrow!

“If you’re going to farm a piece of land, you ought to farm it for all its worth.”–Tim Hassinger, commercial vice president at Dow AgroSciences, quoted in an AP story called “Chemical makers go on …

Choice nuggets

From “sexy meat” to fabulous ice cream, tasty morsels from around the web

When my info-larder gets too packed, it’s time to serve up some choice nuggets from around the Web. ———— • Fascinating–and elegantly done–graphic depiction of British food consumption since the 1970s. (Via Internet Food Association.) …

Triclosan or treat?

Saying goodbye to a common–and toxic–antimicrobial chemical

Triclosan: a toxic chemical that shows up in the damndest placesIn Checkout Line, Lou Bendrick cooks up answers to reader questions about how to green their food choices and other diet-related quandaries. Lettuce know what …

Scammin' salmon

Chilean salmon industry plunges into an abyss of pesticides and antibiotics

Down on the farm: most salmon consumed in the U.S. comes from industrial aquaculture. Ninety percent of the salmon consumed in the United States comes from factory-style farms–most of it imported. Until very recently, our …

Meat wagon

Antibiotic-resistant salmonella burgers, with a side of flame retardants

A Colorado company recalled the equivalent of 1.86 million Quarter Pounders. In Meat Wagon, we round up the latest outrages of the meat and livestock industries. ————————————— Sometimes I think I write a little too …