We're in deep doo-doo from the global threat of superbugs. The December announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) puts that threat back in the news. But I'm underwhelmed by FDA's response, and here's why.
Just in time for Christmas dinner, Consumer Reports published a report highlighting the danger posed by the high rate of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in U.S. poultry aisles.
Consumers get warm and fuzzy feelings about organic foods and are willing to shell out a lot of money to make their organic dreams come true. But is all this praise justified?
That large corporate interests lobby our lawmakers to legislate (or not legislate) in their favor is nothing new. But the Sunlight report shines a light on a dark corner of the workings of the Big Food lobby that -- in part thanks to the complicated FOIA process -- we rarely get to see.
This fast isn't about us. We're fasting because people are suffering and dying from the impacts of climate change, in the Philippines and all over the world. We're fasting because we can't wait any longer to act.
To grow the supply, we need federal policies and programs that support, not hinder, existing and new farmers in their efforts to grow more fruits and vegetables for local markets.
We cannot grow healthy food in a landscape scrubbed of natural elements or sterilized by chemicals. Consumers are clamoring for natural, organic food that is free of chemical pollution. We need rules that encourage farming with nature.
The FDA is worried about poop, a basically free substance that can cure C. diff and potentially other inflammatory bowel diseases, but is fine with adding food additives, antibiotics, and GMOs to our food supply without adequate testing or conflict-of-interest-free determinations.
Humane handling has increasingly become an important issue to the American public, and rightly so. The discerning public demands that the animals that go into those packages on our shelves are treated humanely before giving their lives to our service.
This Halloween, don't be tricked by things that go "boo" around the house. Falls and fires make up the lion's share of fatal and non-fatal household injuries for older people... but a surprising number of "hidden hazards" can send them to the hospital or worse.
Dear Silicon Valley Foodists: I double dare you!
CDC investigators are a vital link in the chain of public protection because they are the people who "trace back" illness to its source. Obviously, knowing someone has salmonella poisoning is not enough: we also need to know which food from what company gave them the disease.
You might want to put down your tuna sandwich before you read this. Especially if it has lettuce and tomatoes.
Despite the skeptics, there is a rising agreement in the scientific community that small amounts of pesticides and other chemicals have negative effects on health.
I suppose I shouldn't criticize something I've never tried. But to a non-meat, natural foods enthusiast like me, SPAM just seems like an abomination. When did the popularity begin? And why is it so popular in Hawaii? And most importantly -- what's in it?