So far, 2012 is bringing bad news for people who don't want "free antibiotics" in their food. Antibiotics are routinely given to livestock on factory farms to make them gain weight with less feed and keep them from getting sick in confinement conditions.
While the big news among food activists has been the unsettling possibility that a secret farm bill could be snuck into the super committee's recommendations and passed with no public input, Republicans have furtively dealt a crippling blow to family farmers and consumers.
It's less costly to prepare for climate change, which has already increased the chances for extreme heat wave conditions, than to suffer the kinds of losses that economists call the "costs of inaction."
An incident wherein a Santa Fe veterinarian set out beef-basted rat poison to kill a coyote that ate an outdoor cat -- and bragged about it on Facebook -- raises issues about ethics, values, biology, and our ability to co-exist with coyotes.
Less than one percent of the American cattle inventory was lost to native carnivores in 2010. This calls into question the tens of millions per year taxpayers spend on lethal control of native carnivores.
As a scientist who has dedicated her life to improving livestock welfare, I am extremely alarmed that the USDA has paid so little attention to the animal welfare implications of their Humane Slaughter Act.
We've waited nearly 90 years since the original piece of legislation to prevent corporate control of our food was passed in 1921. It's time for the USDA to finally implement and enforce the legislation.