A Bacon-Wrapped Cholesterol Bomb

A Bacon-Wrapped Cholesterol Bomb

Let me say one word to you: Bacon. Not only is it delicious, it’s practically irresistible — I even know vegans who sneak bites of the stuff. And these days, it’s hard to avoid the pork strip. It’s in snack foods, on school lunch trays, and in bars,...
Chris Christie’s Pork Barrel Politics

Chris Christie’s Pork Barrel Politics

As the weather turns colder in this month of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice, our hearts grow warmer and our thoughts turn to kindness and goodwill toward all. Unless, of course, you’re Chris Christie. The governor of New Jersey is a mighty...
Sick Pig Problems

Sick Pig Problems

A pound of bacon now costs more than $6. That’s a record increase from $3.86 a pound four years ago. What’s driving this spike? Blame Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. The disease, known as PEDv, is rattling the pork industry after claiming over 10 percent...
The USDA’s Reckless Plan

The USDA’s Reckless Plan

My friend Jim, a farmer, jokes about bringing a bowl of manure and a spoon to the farmers’ markets where he sells his beef. “My beef has no manure in it, but you can add some,” he’d like to tell his customers. I’m sure you’d pass on...
A Rotten Bacon Behemoth

A Rotten Bacon Behemoth

American consumers may not even notice the change if a newly proposed takeover by China’s largest meat processor of our nation’s leading pork company goes through. But the $4.7 billion transaction would certainly show up on our plates: in the form of...
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