Food and Farming

Meat So Cheap You Could Die

Meat So Cheap You Could Die

Thanks to the shutdown, the government is doing less to protect Americans from foodborne pathogens and deal with the aftermath of outbreaks. The timing couldn't be worse. Ten days after the shutdown began, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 317 people...

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More Food Doesn’t Guarantee Less Hunger

More Food Doesn’t Guarantee Less Hunger

Every October, world leaders and corporate executives gather in Iowa to present the World Food Prize. Intended to celebrate those who make the largest contributions to increasing the world's food supply, the recipients are announced each year by the U.S. Secretary of...

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McDonald’s Takes Its Time Cooking Up a New Menu

McDonald’s Takes Its Time Cooking Up a New Menu

The appeal of fast food chains isn't their food: mostly fat, salty, sugary, empty-calorie mush. It's their speed. Order, pay, and — bam — your warmed-over burgerpizzachickentaco delight is instantly handed to you. Yet, for a mega-chain based on speed, McDonald's has...

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Challenging Big Chicken

Challenging Big Chicken

Darn. I missed the official celebration in September — bet you did too. But even if we're a little late, we still have time to mark National Chicken Month. Websites are giving us myriad ways to observe the bird. Eat more chicken! Do the chicken dance! Read Chicken...

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Engineering More Information for Consumers

Engineering More Information for Consumers

One hundred calories per serving, two servings per container, three grams of fiber, product of USA, may contain traces of soy, manufactured in a facility that processes wheat. We're accustomed to seeing labels on our food that give us this information. However,...

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Why Are We Eating in the Dark?

Why Are We Eating in the Dark?

Have you ever eaten a genetically engineered food? If you're like most Americans, you have no idea. Genetic engineering is a controversial technology in which genes from one species (say, bacteria) are inserted into the DNA of a different species (for example, corn)....

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The Farm Bill’s Wasteful Welfare Program

The Farm Bill’s Wasteful Welfare Program

Some aspects of American agriculture are quite odd. For example, to meet a farmer these days, you don't need to venture out to the hinterland. Thousands of our farmers are city slickers. And they're really slick, for many of them neither plant nor harvest wheat,...

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Faster Chicken Processing, More Injured Workers

Faster Chicken Processing, More Injured Workers

Oscar was good at his job. He folded chicken wings at an Alabama poultry plant. As bird carcasses zipped by on the processing line, he twisted the wings into position, folding fast enough to meet a quota of about 40 chicken wings per minute — roughly 18,000 wings per...

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Taking Stock of Factory Farm Pollution

Taking Stock of Factory Farm Pollution

One of the biggest drawbacks of the factory farms producing most of our food is the amount of pollution they generate. Factory farms, which raise the bulk of our chickens, hogs, and turkeys, and house most of our dairy cows, are one of the nation's largest sources of...

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