Scary Food

Scary Food

Bacon milkshake contains no actual bacon

In a marketing decision that was clearly made by stoners for stoners, Jack in the Box is debuting a bacon-flavored milkshake. At 1,081 calories for 24 ounces, this seems like a great way to get most of a full day’s worth of energy, protein, and dairy without having to do any chewing, assuming you are the nutritional equivalent of a sociopath. Except this “bacon milkshake” has barely even looked at bacon (and has only a passing acquaintance with milk). It’s basically a thousand-calorie food golem made of chemicals.

Factory Farms

Sh*t happens: Mysterious ‘manure foam’ causes pig farms to explode

Several concentrated animal feeding operations in Minnesota and Iowa have already exploded, causing major damage and the deaths of thousands of pigs.

Scary Food

MRSA MRSA me: Getting the facts about the superbug in pork

Confused about the latest science on antibiotic-resistant Staph bacteria found in grocery-store pork? So were we, until we spoke to expert Maryn McKenna.

Pollution

Red color in Texas river turns out to be pig blood

Apologies for starting off y’all’s Monday mornings on the grossest note possible, but this story was too appalling not to share. In Texas, near Dallas, an amateur drone pilot snapped a pic of a suspiciously red creek. (Weird, we know! But just get past that bit.) The drone pilot decided it was suspicious enough to let the powers-that-be know about it. The authorities checked the creek out and traced the red color to a meatpacking plant. The red color was raw pig blood. And pig guts, apparently. A pipe was leaking the stuff into the creek.

Industrial Agriculture

Monsanto’s new seeds could be a tech dead end

In response to Roundup-resistant "superweeds," Monsanto is rolling out a generation of seeds that will also withstand an old, toxic pesticide called 2,4-D, one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange.

Food

Oklahoma makes bold move to not eat human fetuses

Apparently the new hotness among Republicans is legislating against things that don't exist.

Food

New food reporting project dives deep into pork drug

A new report on the use of a growth-promoting drug in pork production -- and its impact on international trade -- is just the tip of the iceberg for the Food and Environment Reporting Network.

Food

McDonald’s discovers social media can backfire when people hate you

When McDonald's tried to launch the #McDStories Twitter campaign, they clearly envisioned a bunch of fond memories from Big Mac lovers. Unfortunately, they really, really misunderstood social media.

Food

‘Antibiotic-free’ pork has the same rate of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

We really do try to Pollan it up and do the whole “eat food, not too much, mostly plants” bit. But “mostly plants” obviously means “sometimes bacon.” And maybe the farmers’ market wasn’t open, so we bought that bacon at the store. Oh, but it was good bacon! “Raised without antibiotics” bacon! That’s something, right? Nope, not really, according to a new study from a group of University of Iowa scientists. This group tested 395 samples of pork from 36 stores in Iowa, Minnesota, and New Jersey. Of those, 6.6 percent had creepy, drug-resistant staph bacteria (shorthand: MRSA) on them. …

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