Why the Chicken Crossed the Road

Why the Chicken Crossed the Road

Thanks to the industrializers of American agriculture, we finally know why the chicken crossed the road: to run away from the factory farm. These livestock and poultry factories are encased in thousands of sprawling, low-slung, metal buildings that now litter much of...
This Week in OtherWords: Halloween Fare

This Week in OtherWords: Halloween Fare

This week in OtherWords, you’ll find several commentaries about the scary stuff we eat. Guest columnist Jill Richardson talks about how food companies scoop too much sugar into our bread and salad dressing. Former dairy farmer Donna Hall introduces readers to an...
The Ingredient Haunting our Candy

The Ingredient Haunting our Candy

This Halloween, keep an eye out for “milk protein concentrate.” Avoid buying any treats made with it and don’t let your children eat candy or anything else made with this additive. You may not have heard of milk protein concentrate before, but...
The Risky Business of Eating in America

The Risky Business of Eating in America

Long before human beings decoded the human genome or split the atom, they discovered that arsenic is very good at killing things. The ancient Romans prized it as a murder weapon because it could be mixed into food or drink without altering its color, taste, or smell....
Truckers Play a Key Food Safety Role

Truckers Play a Key Food Safety Role

Food safety is running afoul in Springdale — in more ways than one. First, meat and grain agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey linked to a salmonella outbreak and temporarily shut its turkey processing plant in the Arkansas...

Waiter, There’s a Newfangled Technology in My Soup

The U.S. food system has a new bedfellow, and it may already be on your plate. Increasingly, the coatings that keep supermarket produce fresh-looking and the chemicals used in pesticide-intensive farming are incorporating nanotechnology — a technology still in...

America Shouldn’t Scrimp on Food Safety

Americans are becoming too familiar with imported foodborne illnesses. Remember the tainted dog food from China and those salmonella-laced hot peppers shipped from Mexico? Now a virulent strain of E. coli is racing across Europe, possibly heading toward our shores....

Unsafe at Any Exposure

As the radioactive contamination of food, water, and soil in Fukushima, Japan worsens, the media is continuously reassuring us that these levels are “safe.” But there is no safe level of radiation. Yes, at lower levels the risk is smaller, but the National...

End the Factory Farm Nightmare

Of course you want your meat to be cheap, but the costs of producing so-called cheap meat come at a hidden price you might not want to pay. Corporate giant Smithfield Foods and other major producers use what is known as confinement or factory farming–keeping...

We Can’t Afford Cheap Meat Anymore

Most Americans view cheap meat as a good thing, but they generally don’t understand who pays the high cost of the policies making it inexpensive. More than 80 percent of the beef, pork and poultry consumed in this country comes from livestock fed and processed...

Global Perspectives on Genetically Engineered Foods

An upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case will review the Center for Food Safety’s groundbreaking legal victory banning the sale and planting of Monsanto’s GE alfalfa. Andrew Kimbrell and Dr. Vandana Shiva will discuss the sucessful campaign that led to...

The Case for an International Food Safety Agency

The recent swine flu scare provided the world with another example of the globalization of public health. The need for global institutions that can coordinate an international response to such emergencies has never been clearer. We also need to look more broadly at...