The Trump Administration is looking like it might be pretty hostile to food safety, which is a bad sign for those of us who like not getting sick from our dinners.
In recent years, humans have faced an explosion of antibiotic-resistant disease and some really excellent investigative journalism exploring the causes, including not just the overuse of antibiotics in medical treatment, but also their applications in farming, where they’re used to treat and prevent infection and as growth promoters. This has created problems ranging from chicken […]
At the turn of the 20th century, food was an unregulated wilderness. Anyone could package anything and sell it, whether it was wholesome, toxic, poisonous, or merely dubious; you could package up some cocaine and morphine in a jar and call it a tonic, sell tomatoes picked by farmhands with hepatitis-covered hands, and market poison […]
Last year, I took a look at ag-gag laws, a dangerous and growing trend across the US. For those not familiar with the subject, these state-by-state laws limit the ability to enter agricultural facilities and discuss what’s found inside, with the explicit purpose of targeting animal welfare organisations, investigative journalists, and animal rights activists. They […]
I drink raw milk. I eat young, unpasteurised cheeses. I culture yoghurt and other dairy products with raw milk. I have also been known, on occasion, to eat raw eggs, various uncooked seafood products, and the occasional untoasted piece of bread. Okay, I threw in that last just to have fun with you. The point […]
Earlier this year, a controversy exploded across Europe as horsemeat was found in ground beef products at a list of locations that seemed to grow by the week. Hamburgers, Ikea meatballs, and more were suddenly invaded by equines, to the horror of many people, and to endless commentary and discussion in the newspapers. A healthy […]
In the last few years, the United States has witnessed a number of severe outbreaks of food-borne illness, some of which resulted in deaths. Many originated on single farms with products that quickly spread through the food supply, thanks to the highly distributed nature of the food system in the United States; grow peanuts in […]
Raw milk has become a fascinating flashpoint of agricultural rebellion in the United States. In some states, it’s explicitly illegal; you cannot buy or sell raw milk, period, end of story. In others, it’s legal and regulated, to varying degrees. And it comes with its own sets of evangelists on both sides, the people who […]