The Pink Slime Primer

Solid information from ProPublica on the various production methods of mystery meat. (Via Bittman). Link.

Salatin Rubuts McWilliams’ “Myth of Humane Meat”

Last week’s James McWilliams article for the New York Times has prompted Michael Pollan’s farmer hero, Joel Salatin, to weigh in. Until now, I’ve never realized what a crank Salatin is. Salatin writes: Wetlands emit some 95 percent of all methane in the world; herbivores are insignificant enough to not even merit consideration. Hard to… Read more »

The Veggies vs. the Aggies

Reporting for Reuters, P.J. Huffstutter and Lisa Baertlein have written the most comprehensive assessment of the battle between agribusiness and animal advocates that I’ve seen in ages. The article is jam-packed with useful information, and can quickly bring you up-to-date on most of the key work now occurring on behalf of farmed animals. One point… Read more » Grocery Updated

I just updated the grocery with a few amazing new live-foods products from Go Raw!, including their superb Pizza Flax Snax crackers, which one reviewer calls “pepperoni pizza without the guilt.” I also added Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Dulse, a great and super-healthful product that I personally eat nearly every day. A few… Read more »

Pizza Hut’s New Hot Dog Stuffed Pizza Crust

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case those thousand words are deeply disturbing. This is arguably the most vomitacious food product I’ve ever seen. I wonder how long it will last. Clearly, Pizza Hut’s UK leadership no longer cares about public ridicule, or about appealing to anyone but the lowest common… Read more »

New MFA Video on Illegal Slaughterhouse

No way I can bring myself to watch this one. An Excerpt from Mercy For Animals’ summary: Hidden-camera footage obtained by Mercy For Animals has led to the arrest of 26-year-old Roberto Celedon for three felony and 10 misdemeanor criminal charges related to his illegal slaughter operation in Los Angeles County, California. The shocking video… Read more »

Dairy Farming Named #2 Worst Job

CareerCast just ranked dairy farming as the second worst job in America, behind lumberjacks. Makes sense to me. It’s a perfect storm of awfulness that entails: Terrible job security. Dirty, unpleasant work. Long hours. Guilt over animal treatment. Constant stress over profit margins. America has a shrinking pool of people willing to raise dairy cows… Read more »

Los Angeles Times Scoffs at FDA Antibiotic Guidelines

The Los Angeles Times just editorialized: Voluntary guidelines for pharmaceutical companies will not wean the livestock industry off its addiction to antibiotics. Exactly what I was saying a couple days ago. (Via Simon.) Link. Update: Marion Nestle has a terrific analysis. She writes: “I’m guessing this is the best the FDA can do in an… Read more »

Cory Booker a Hero After Fire

Cory Booker’s the man. Newark’s vegetarian mayor rushed into a burning house and carried out his trapped neighbor. It sounds near certain that he saved her life. Booker was then hospitalized for smoke inhalation. “Street Fight,” the story of Booker’s first bid to win mayor, remains one of the finest documentaries I’ve ever seen. Link.