Scary 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 …

  • Live and let dioxin: Big Ag is worried about scaring us off meat and milk

    This month, the EPA is expected to finally release limits for safe exposure to dioxins in food. Industry groups — like the United Egg Producers, National Meat Association, and National Milk Producers Federation — are stepping up to say: shhh!

  • Mountain Dew can dissolve a mouse, says Pepsi

    An Illinois man is suing Pepsi Co. because, he says, he found a mouse in his can of Mountain Dew. But Pepsi says the guy is pulling a Strange Brew, and here's how they know: If there really were a …

  • Will the Butterball raid yield any real results?

    If turkey were beer, Butterball would have the brand power of Budweiser, Miller, and Coors combined. From six plants, the company produces 1 billion pounds of turkey each year and exports the meat to over 50 countries. Given this dominance, …

  • Scrooged: FDA gives up on antibiotic restrictions in livestock

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled a Scrooge move just before Christmas. The agency published an entry in the Federal Register declaring that it will end its attempt at mandatory restrictions on the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. …

  • The bad food news of 2011

    We continue digesting this year’s food politics coverage below — only this time we take account of the things that didn’t go so well. (Tired of bad news? See the year’s good food news instead.) 1.  Food prices have gone …

  • Confessions of a former Coke addict

    Coked out.Photo: Lazurite Yes, I’ve battled a Coke “addiction” more than once. Just when I think I have it beat, it worms its way back into my life. No, this Coke isn’t that white, powdery stuff; it comes in a …

  • Thanksgiving turkeys can’t have sex because their breasts are too big

    Steven Dubner, of Freakonomics fame, recently told Marketplace that almost 100 percent of Thanksgiving turkeys are the product of artificial insemination. The problem, apparently, is Americans' appetite for gigantic breasts. "The modern turkey has quite large turkey breasts, and it …

  • FDA fights fish fraud

    Not only is eating fish not the most sustainable of food choices, it's likely a rip-off. If you're eating a pricey fish like cod or salmon, there's more than a one in five chance that it's something much cheaper. The …