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  • Top News from the Food Front: Safety Fails, GMO Nopes, Vegan Wins

    Check your kitchen! Multiple food recalls attempt to keep mad cow disease and salmonella off your plate (and out of your smoothies). Industry behemoths sue Vermont over their groundbreaking GMO labeling law, as the USSC comes down on the side of accountability in cola labeling. Meanwhile Harvard researchers link red meat consumption to breast cancer (anyone see a trend, here?) as vegan wins multiply like happy prolific little spring bunnies. Read on, food news junkies — feed your brain, with all the best stories from around the Food-O-Sphere! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Veggie Kids, Printed Food, White Bread Health Risk

    Did you see those great new vegan cooking sites that just launched? Did you hear about the secret for getting kids to ask for seconds on their veggies? And oh my goodness, what about that 3-D printed food for nursing home patients?! In other news, a science group files a complaint against the USDA over antibiotic resistant salmonella, and Idaho’s ag-gag foolishness faces well-deserved constitutional challenges. Read on, for all the week’s tastiest food news — in one convenient package! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Food Safety Facepalms, Food Rev Wins

    This week’s food news features some un-delicious food safety irony, GMO labeling progress, and urban gardening ‘greenovation.’ Meanwhile former President Clinton plays fast and loose with ‘the V word,’ and efforts to protect farm workers gain momentum. Read on, for the week’s good-bad-and-ugly food news! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Vegetarian ‘Controversy,’ Food Industry Chicanery

    Ag-gag, organic standards, and GMO labeling debates rage through this week’s food news cycle. Meanwhile Tyson recalls contaminated chicken nuggets (mmm, plastic!), and the media erupts with glee over an Australian study they say indicts vegetarianism: does it really? Don’t miss the drama — find the week’s hottest food news here! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Childhood Obesity, Idaho Ag-Gag, & Monsanto’s (cough) ‘Sustainability’

    This week’s food news is maddening, if you don’t happen be a sociopath who loves animal cruelty; but on the bright side, if you adore ag-gag laws and think accountability, food safety, and the First Amendment are all for the (antibiotic-resistant-disease-ridden) birds, then you’re in for a treat! Monsanto offers up some rather obnoxious distractions to this ag-gag foolishness — unfortunately for human kidneys, Monarch butterflies, and pretty much that whole ‘environment’ thingie. But before diving in to all those noxious Big Ag news fumes, let’s talk about progress: yes, some exists! For all the good, bad and ugly in the food world, get your news fix here! More

  • Ag-gag Ugliness Gains Ground in Idaho: Bill Clears House, Awaits Gov. Signature

    After undercover reporters revealed animal cruelty at an Idaho dairy facility, guilty parties moved quickly to address the problem: almost immediately animal agriculture interests in that state introduced a bill to criminalize any reporting of such abuse. Idaho’s ag-gag bill passed the Senate earlier this month, then yesterday cleared the House. Now it only awaits a swipe of the governor’s pen to ensure that criminal prosecution focuses where it belongs: on people who tell you where your food comes from, and what’s done in your name to get it onto your plate. More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Ag-Gag Alert, GMNo, & Food-Package Poison

    Idaho strides boldly towards hideousness, with its latest bill aimed at criminalizing animal-ag whistleblowers. Food stamp use rises among a population where it absolutely should not, and a new report indicts the ‘substantial equivalence’ assessment that boosted GMOs to grocery-shelf sovereignty. Meanwhile poison seeps into your food from its packaging, and grocery manufacturers try to dupe you with deceptive labeling — okay, technically that last thing isn’t (strictly speaking) ‘news.’ But the food news world has been hopping this week: don’t miss the good stuff, read on! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: 10 Stories Savvy Foodies Need to See!

    Should a man lose his home for the crime of growing food? Are Monsanto shareholders joining the GMO labeling fight? Just how comfortable are we with kids going hungry? Is Walmart the real victim of recent food stamp cuts? Have we, in fact, lost our minds as a society? Read on, for answers to some of these questions and mounting evidence regarding others. Get your weekly food news update here! More

  • Top News from the Food Front: 15 Must-Read Stories for Mindful Foodies

      Did you catch the best food news stories this week? Researchers publish new studies on health and obesity, GMO wheat looms on the agricultural horizon, Utah pushes back against ag-gag resisters, and would-be horse meat purveyors gnash their teeth over the new spending bill that effectively reinstates the U.S. horse slaughter ban. Meanwhile antibiotic resistant Heidelberg salmonella […] More

  • Top News from the Food Front: Year Ends with Organic Vegan Bangs, Fast Food Whimpers

    Happy almost-New-Year, food news enthusiasts! With all the festivities to attend and holiday soirées to plan, I’ll keep this week’s top news roundup short, sweet, and to the point. This week’s good news features organic food, vegan food, and ag-gag defeats; but wait — there’s also fast food, cancer, and horse slaughter news that deserves to be on the radar of conscious eaters and ethical foodies. Read on, for the final food news roundup of the year! More

  • Top News From the Food Front: GMO Kerfuffles, Organic Shenanigans, Food Industry Uproars

    GMOs in the news this week disrupt trade with China, while Americans clamor for labeling of genetically modified foods. Does food taste better when it’s organic? What if you only THINK it’s organic? Can you afford to eat food that won’t kill you? Can fast food workers afford to eat food at all? Could you be allergic to meat? Read on for these answers and more, from the week’s top food news! More

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    Top News from the Food Front: GMO Battles, Horse Abattoirs, Food Stamp Fails, & Vegan Wins

    This week’s top news features GMOs, horse slaughter, food stamps, and some nifty vegan wins. Also, apparently the USDA hates both chickens and poultry plant workers. Read on, for some infuriating and also some encouraging developments in food news! Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2013: GMO News Galore There’s good news and annoying news this week from the GMO front, as public […] More

  • Top News From the Food Front: New EDB Series Starts Now!

    Each week brings more food news to our browsers than we can shake a fork at — but our readers are continually hungry for knowledge about what they’re putting on their plates, and in their bodies. Here at EDB we often cover GMO labeling, food marketing, ag-gag legislation, and other current events in depth; but the food news river flows wide and fast. To keep up with that current, read on! More

  • Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Utah’s Ag-Gag Law

    A group of animal welfare advocates, journalists and others recently filed suit against the state of Utah, in which plaintiffs claim the state’s year-old ag-gag law violates the U.S. Constitution. Though many states have joined the ag-gag craze, Utah was the first to attempt a (failed) prosecution under such a statute — and now boasts the first lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of these anti-whistleblower anti-transparency pro-animal-cruelty laws. More

  • Breaking News: TN Governor Vetoes Ag-Gag Bill

    Following an outpouring of opposition from thousands of citizens, religious leaders, defenders of free speech and people working against animal cruelty, TN governor Bill Haslam just vetoed HB1191/SB1248 — aka ag-gag bill, aka anti-whistleblower bill, aka total BS legislation. Well done, Governor! More

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    TN’s Attorney General Calls Ag-Gag Bill ‘Constitutionally Suspect’

    The governor’s office has been inundated by pleas for a veto, from thousands of citizens, religious leaders, defenders of free speech and people working against animal cruelty. Now TN’s Attorney General Robert Cooper has also chimed in against Tennessee’s ag-gag bill, calling it constitutionally questionable. More

  • Public Outrage 1, Big-Ag Foolishness 0: Utah Prosecutors Drop Charges in Ag-Gag Case

    Utah prosecutors announced Tuesday they’re dismissing charges against Amy Meyer, the first person to be charged under Utah’s ag-gag law since its passage in 2012. Overwhelming national attention and public outrage immediately preceded the decision to dismiss charges, which were first filed in February. Naturally prosecutors avow that THE PUBLICITY HAD NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH IT!!! … sure, guys — whatever you say! Regardless, Utah’s first effort at ag-gag enforcement has been an embarrassing flop, guaranteed to raise public awareness about the need to defeat these ugly laws. Thanks, Utah! More

  • Interview: HSUS and COK on Ag-Gag, Cruelty, Food Safety, and Democracy

    Matt Dominguez (HSUS) and Cheryl Leahy (Compassion Over Killing) joined me recently for a discussion exploring ag-gag legislation. These anti-whistleblower laws aim to mandate consumer ignorance, promote animal cruelty, threaten food safety, and undercut the right of citizens to have legislators serving the will of ‘We the People’ (vs. They the Food Industry Megacorporations). Industry relies on public ignorance about these destructive bills — don’t let ’em have it. Listen, share, resist! More

  • Ag-Gag Laws Loom on Ugly Horizon in AR, NE, TN, IN, PA — Action Needed!

    Legislators in several states this month consider laws to criminalize reporting of cruelty or other criminal acts at animal facilities, to protect factory farming interests from the consequences of their own behavior. If you value food industry transparency — and DON’T value protecting criminal animal abusers from any and all legal culpability — get involved! Factory farming interests absolutely depend on your ignorance and apathy, to pass these laws: give them neither. More

  • Wyoming Pig Farm Workers Charged with Animal Cruelty: What Can You Do to Stop It?

    A recent HSUS undercover investigation revealed nine employees of Wyoming Premium Farms engaging in extreme animal cruelty, and charges were filed against perpetrators on Monday. As long as there’s a demand for huge amounts of cheap meat, and as long as producers can count on good people to look away, systemic abuse is inevitable. It’s also completely optional: you vote with your fork every single day, on whether or not this kind of cruelty should occur — and it’s just not that hard to vote ‘no!’ More

  • Latest on Central Valley Meat Company: Investigators Are “Terrorists”

    “A few days after the plant was shut down, three U.S. Representatives from California stepped in, and sent a letter to the USDA calling for its immediate reopening. U.S. Representatives Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, and Jeff Denham said that its closure was hurting the economy, and the USDA needed ‘to intervene against the onslaught of attacks that are occurring at the behest of radical groups.’ More

  • Undercover Video Reveals Cruelty to Dairy Cows (Again!), Forces Shutdown of CA Slaughterhouse

    USDA regulators suspended operations at a Hanford, CA dairy-cow slaughterhouse on Monday, after receiving video documentation of rampant cruelty within the facility. Like other recent dairy cruelty scandals brought to light by undercover video, this ugly incident brings the true motive behind ag-gag legislation into sharp focus: any time people see what industrial agriculture does to living things, they are rightfully appalled! This latest example of dairy cruelty also offers an opportunity for consumers to reflect on what is for some an uncomfortable truth: the dairy industry is riddled with hideous and unjustifiable animal cruelty, whatever ‘humane’ label advertisers may slap on the package. More

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    Missouri Ag-Gag Bill Clears House, Heads for Senate

    Missouri’s HB 1860 would criminalize undercover reporting of animal cruelty or unsanitary conditions on factory farms. It won House approval on Tuesday; if the state Senate follows suit, Missouri could become the third state this year to pass ag-gag legislation. Industrial animal producers are fighting hard for mandatory consumer ignorance: fight back! More