It's no surprise that the occupational safety and health analysis behind the rule is so bad. USDA failed to consult with OSHA before the proposal was rushed out the door last year.
On the off chance you were one of the few Americans paying attention to the news in these waning days of summer, you may be forgiven for concluding that, in America, this was the week of the chicken. Seriously, chicken was everywhere.
Unless a brunch or dinner party is in an unheated cabin in the Arctic, beware of foods sitting out for more than a few minutes. A warm room can put some extra protein in those serving platters in the form of bacteria. This is also true of foods on picnic tables during a cookout.
The more we do to sanitize our environment of all pathogens, while also accepting the rampant use of complex agricultural chemicals to control so-called "pests," the less able we are to fend off disease of all kinds in more natural ways, which then increases our own dependence on modern pharmaceuticals to keep from being sick.
The FDA could easily ban unnecessary ingredients like partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, mycoprotein, Red 3, and BHA. And it could set safe conditions of use on substances like sugar and salt. But the FDA has done nothing about, or has even defended, each of those unsavory substances.
With dairy and grain farms disappearing off the map every season, it's terrifying to think that one promising avenue for a family farm's viability -- diversification into produce -- may seem out of reach.
Some lawmakers in Washington may be losing sleep in the coming weeks as they mull over proposed immigration reform legislation. But many migrant child...
To maintain a healthy lifestyle, choose unsaturated fats more often, like soft margarines that are non-hydrogenated and trans fat free. Simply put, consider what you are consuming. Both butter and margarine have the same amount of fat, but different types.
There's more to corporate counterfeit science than ghostwritten articles, however. Consider the eye-opening case of the agribusiness firm Syngenta and its product atrazine, a widely used agricultural pesticide on corn, sorghum, and sugar cane crops.
Americans these days are nervous about what they eat, and they should be, what with outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, meat pumped with veterinary drug...
The latest example of how even health-conscious eaters are not immune from food-borne illness outbreaks came last week with a recall of organic frozen berries contaminated with Hepatitis A. The products were sold under the brand name of Townsend Farms at two large chains.
The industrialization of the American meat system has inarguably resulted in cheap hot dogs. But at what price? China should think hard about the consequences that will likely flow from adopting the U.S. factory farming model.
Similar to the pattern in the U.S., animal agriculture in China is becoming more vertically integrated, with large corporations increasingly owning not just factory-farm facilities, but also slaughterhouses and feed companies.
Given that around 26 states in the U.S. have moved to enact more comprehensive labeling requirements for GMOs, any trade measures that could threaten the rights of U.S. citizens to democratically determine higher standards in food labeling, should be opposed.
We send boatloads of money to China every day in return for the cheap consumer merchandise filling our store shelves and shopping malls.
The majority of binding and enforceable rulings of the WTO and those of other trade bodies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) demonstrate a consistent pattern of lowering food, environmental, labor, or consumer safety standards in behest to trade agendas.