Consumer Reports Finds Contamination in Most Chickens

Consumer Reports just published a comprehensive study addressing bacterial contamination of chicken. After purchasing 382 carcasses from more than 100 US retailers, lab tests revealed that only 34 percent tested negative for both salmonella and campylobacter.

More troubling still, most samples of these two types of bacteria turned out to be antibiotic resistant. (Via Starkman.) Link.

HSUS vs. Foie Gras has an informative article about HSUS’s legal attacks on the foie gras industry. We’re rapidly moving toward the day when the last U.S. producer will be driven out of business. (Via Paul.) Link.

A Vegan, a Pothead, and an Agribusiness Cheerleader Visit a Rabbi

Here’s a stupid little AgWeb article celebrating two minor slaps at veganism: one from a Norah Jones song, and the other the aforelinked Michiko Kakutani review of Eating Animals.

In the Norah Jones song, she sings she’d rather hang out with her dog than a vegan or a pothead. Whatever. Too bad that Jones has always been stick-your-head-in-the-oven boring; ironically she sings the sort of music that would require epic hits from a four foot skull bong to render interesting.

And I’ve already written about Kakutani’s clueless review.

The AgWeb guy points to these two turds and calls them, “A fresh approach,” and then crows, “Goodness! Common sense rears it uncommon head.”

Along with Putin over Alaska, I suppose.

Here’s what we’ve come to: the anti-meat chorus has grown so large that agribusiness has been reduced to grasping at straws. Link.

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If you want to check out Amazon’s great “Cyber Monday” deals on computers, electronics, video games, and movies, please do your part to support and antagonize the meat industry by using our link. Link.

Post-Thanksgiving Photos

Here’s some quality post-Thanksgiving food porn. First, cooked our 2009 Thanksgiving Feast from Robin Robertson, and posted a great writeup with a photo. Link.

And second, the Eat Air blog has some photos plus a nice description of a vegan Thanksgiving dinner prepared from Vegetarian Times recipes. Link.

If a Vegan Comes to Dinner

Wow, I just love this piece that appeared in last week’s News & Observer. It’s a gracious, useful, and stylishly written guide for omnivores who are having vegans over for Thanksgiving. And it just nails its description of what it can be like to be a vegan dinner guest:

Here’s a clue: the vegans or vegetarians coming to your house for Thanksgiving aren’t expecting much; they’ve been burned too many times before.

This is what awaits them: the carving of a dead bird in their presence; side dishes mistakenly made with chicken broth or dairy products, which they can’t eat; and jokes about their diet.

As a host, no one wants a dinner guest to have such low expectations, let alone have them fulfilled. So here are a few suggestions to make your vegan or vegetarian guest feel truly welcome at your table.

What follows is genuinely helpful. This should be required reading for any omnivore who invites a vegan for Thanksgiving. Link.

Lancet Reviews Consequences of Shrinking the Meat Industry

The Lancet, which is among the world’s most prestigious medical journals, just published a study on what it would take to substantially reduce agriculture’s contribution to climate change. They found that the necessary reduction in livestock production would likely yield a big bonus in terms of public health: specifically about 15 percent less atherosclerosis-related heart disease. (Thanks, Craig.) Link. [Full article available online for free, upon creating an account or using BugMeNot.]