FDA Seeks “Voluntary” Antibiotic Regulations

Dina ElBoghdady of The Washington Post reports: The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday finalized a plan that would ask drug companies to voluntarily limit the use of certain antibiotics in animal feed, citing long-held concerns that their overuse in livestock promotes the development of drug resistant bacteria that can infect people. I can see drug companies… Read more »

Gordon Ramsay Condemns Factory Pig Farming

This video is from last May but somehow hasn’t been widely seen. Ramsay discovers the real nightmare isn’t in the kitchen. After reviewing a factory pig farming video he says: It’s enough to make anyone turn fucking vegetarian for God’s sake. And I’ve always sort of knocked vegetarians and vegans for missing out on the… Read more »

McDonald’s Restaurants at 22 USA Hospitals

Absolutely shameful, and a great embarrassment to the hospitals and to McDonald’s alike. Seven of these hospitals are specifically for children, because I suppose there’s nothing like serving a Happy Meal to a four-year-old suffering from leukemia. This is the sort of list that, if adequately publicized, will force McDonald’s to withdraw from this market…. Read more »

Recipe: Pork with Antibiotics and Red Herring

Feedstuffs reports: A study led by Dr. Mike Apley of Kansas State University shows that opponents of antibiotics use in livestock production wildly overestimate the amount given to food animals, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Maybe Apley’s right and antibiotic use has been overestimated, but who cares? This isn’t relevant. The only… Read more »

A Review: John Robbins’ No Happy Cows

Last Saturday night, I clicked a Facebook ad for John Robbins’ new book: No Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution. I was sold as soon as I read the title, and five seconds later I purchased the book for my Kindle. Now I’m wishing that Amazon.com offered a way to refund… Read more »

Marion Nestle on Toxic Chicken

Powerful and disturbing stuff here. The already pathetically inadequate regulations regarding chicken inspection are about to get watered down even further. Leaving animal cruelty considerations completely aside, it’s hard to imagine that anybody who is well-informed would eat industrially-produced chicken. And like never before, the public is discovering the truth. Link.

Nick Cooney on “Meat-Free” vs. “Vegetarian”

An important essay on why “meat-free” wins over more people than “vegetarian.” Everybody who aspires to become an animal millionaire should read Cooney’s superb Change of Heart. There’s nobody else in the vegan world who compares to Cooney when it comes to figuring out the most persuasive approaches to animal advocacy. (Via Vegan Outreach.) Link.

Bittman’s Chris Hayes Outtakes

Some notes from Bittman following his must-see appearance this week on MSNBC. I love this: But if a product means death for you or your neighbor or the environment, we simply shouldn’t be producing it. If people lose their jobs as a result, I’m sympathetic, but we can’t be supporting a process that poisons our… Read more »

Cody Carlson Interview

A great new Mercy For Animals interview with former undercover investigator Cody Carlson: [Being an undercover investigator] was more challenging than anything else I will ever experience. The physical labor, constant emotional heartbreak, and psychological somersaults of living undercover come together to keep you constantly gasping for air, just hoping to make it another day… Read more »

MSNBC’s Christopher Hayes Hosts Roundtable on Pink Slime

Mark Bittman was a guest this morning on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes.” Hayes does a better than any news anchor I’ve seen of probing the ethical issues surrounding animal agribusiness. Hayes’ panel doesn’t gloss over anything of substance, and they directly address the ethics of killing nine billion animals a year for food. Vegans… Read more »