05/28/2012 11:20 pm ET Updated Jul 28, 2012

Advocates Beat Big Chicken in Maryland to Ban Arsenic in Feed

Who is ready for some good news? I thought so.

Last week, Maryland became the first state in the nation to ban the use of arsenic in chicken feed. Wait, what? Chickens are fed arsenic, a known carcinogen? Yup and the feds say it's kosher, despite admitting the dangerous chemical may wind up in your dinner. (The chicken industry uses it to kill bugs and promote growth, cancer risks be damned.)

Many groups have tried to stop the practice for years but of course Big Chicken has fought back hard. Kudos to Food and Water Watch, which explains how the good guys won this time: "Given the enormous power of our opponents, like the big chicken industry and pharmaceutical companies who fought against us for three years, this victory is a real testament to the power of grassroots organizing." We can beat back food industry lobbying one state (or city or county) at a time. It just take a lot of hard work.