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Almost 500 Foods Contain the ‘Yoga Mat’ Compound. Should We Care?

Almost 500 Foods Contain the ‘Yoga Mat’ Compound. Should We Care?

| March 7, 2014 | 2 Comments

A report finds that azodicarbonamide wasn’t just in Subway’s bread: It’s in hundreds of foods. While it has been linked to asthma in factory workers, the additive poses no known risk to consumers.

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Poultry Farmers to Fight Back on California Cage-Free Egg Law

Poultry Farmers to Fight Back on California Cage-Free Egg Law

| March 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Missouri farmers will file a lawsuit against California over its law barring the sale of eggs from producers whose chickens are raised in small cages. The plaintiffs say the law is unconstitutional.

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Swanton Berry Farm: Bringing Justice to the Table

Swanton Berry Farm: Bringing Justice to the Table

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Swanton Berry Farm became one of four farms in the country to receive the Food Justice Certification label. Learn more about what that certification means and why it’s been years in the works.

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Europe Tells U.S. to Lay Off Brie and Get Its Own Cheese Names

Europe Tells U.S. to Lay Off Brie and Get Its Own Cheese Names

| March 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

The EU wants the U.S. to prohibit food makers from using names with historical ties to Europe. That means cheeses like Parmesan and Brie sold in the U.S. may have to find new names.

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Why the ‘Non-GMO’ Label is Organic’s Frenemy

Why the ‘Non-GMO’ Label is Organic’s Frenemy

| February 28, 2014 | 2 Comments

Non-genetically modified farming is not organic. It’s a whole lot cheaper and essentially uses conventional farming techniques. But some consumers think they’re the same thing.

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What To Do About Your Recalled Meat

What To Do About Your Recalled Meat

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Petaluma’s Rancho Feeding Corp. has shut down and is being investigated after having been forced to recall nearly 9 million pounds of meat. The shutdown is affecting a number of local meat producers and consumers. Any tainted beef should be thrown out.

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Sriracha Maker Given More Time to Contain Spicy Fumes

Sriracha Maker Given More Time to Contain Spicy Fumes

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The L.A. suburb of Irwindale has had to balance its need for business success against complaints from residents about the plant’s fumes. Huy Fong Foods makes the hot sauce in the rooster bottle.

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Maybe That BPA in Your Canned Food Isn’t So Bad After All

Maybe That BPA in Your Canned Food Isn’t So Bad After All

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s been lots of debate about whether tiny amounts of the chemical have the potential to cause health problems. A new FDA study supports a previous conclusion that the chemical is safe for people.

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Nutrition Labels to Get Long-Overdue Tweaks

Nutrition Labels to Get Long-Overdue Tweaks

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

With obesity as a top health priority, the first lady wants clearer labels to help people make healthier choices. Advocates hope food manufacturers will have to provide more details on added sugar.

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Why Farmers Can Prevent Global Warming Just as Well as Vegetarians

Why Farmers Can Prevent Global Warming Just as Well as Vegetarians

| February 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

A study argues that if we want to cut emissions from meat production, we should help farmers produce more meat with less land. Farmers also need incentives not to cut down forests to graze animals.

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How Tracing the Oil in Your Pop-Tarts May Help Save Rain Forests

How Tracing the Oil in Your Pop-Tarts May Help Save Rain Forests

| February 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Kellogg shareholder helped nudge the company to buy palm oil that’s fully traceable to its source. The hope is that more transparency in the industry will prevent environmental and labor abuses.

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‘Piglet Smoothie’ Fed To Sows To Prevent Disease; Activists Outraged

‘Piglet Smoothie’ Fed To Sows To Prevent Disease; Activists Outraged

| February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Undercover footage shows a hog farm feeding sows ground-up piglets who succumbed to a deadly virus. Veterinarians say it’s the only method they have to protect herds against a fast-spreading disease.

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The System Supplying America’s Chickens Pits Farmer vs. Farmer

The System Supplying America’s Chickens Pits Farmer vs. Farmer

| February 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Most of the nation’s chicken meat is grown by contract farmers who get ranked against each other when it’s time to get paid. Critics say someone always ends up losing — and, too often, deep in debt.

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Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, and the Industry is Listening

Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, and the Industry is Listening

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chick-fil-A’s plan to ditch antibiotics in its birds is part of a growing industry trend. Driving the growth is concern about the risks associated with routine use of antibiotics in farm animals.

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