I came back to work after a two-week vacation last Thursday and couldn't miss the story about the USDA's internal endorsement for Meatless Mondays, then rapid reversal and resultant fallout, most of which read like an Onion article.
You may be unaware of a small produce-testing program tucked away at USDA. At a cost of only $4.5 million a year, it's one of the most efficient and successful uses of taxpayer dollars; and yet, it's been zeroed out of the 2013 budget.
Elisabeth Hagen is the undersecretary for food safety at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) where she oversees the programs and policies associated with the Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Testing is not true prevention, and we still have a long way to go toward cleaning up the industrialized meat system. It also doesn't make ground beef completely safe or, for that matter, healthy. But it's a start.
Hurting puppies is unfathomable to most of us. Americans love puppies, and many of us agree with the late Charles M. Schulz's sentiments: "Happiness is a warm puppy." But despite all the adoration, puppies (and their mothers) continue to suffer in puppy mills.
There is an intrinsic problem with measuring the quality of a system by how well it conforms to what you already believe. Such a system gets bonus points for agreeing with you -- even when you are wrong.