Agriculture Feed

What’s antibiotic resistance and what you can do about it

I’ve written about antibiotic resistance a number of times. Antibiotic resistance happens when germs such as bacteria and fungi develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them. That means the germs aren’t killed and continue to grow. Resistant infections can be difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat. Read more →


Progress made in right to repair, but much more needs to be done

Have you been frustrated because you’ve wanted to repair your electronics or appliances or find a less expensive place for repairs to be made other than through the manufacturer? Eighty-four percent of Americans said they agreed with a policy to require manufacturers to make repair information and parts available either to independent repair professionals or to product owners.. Read more →


Tyson to pay $10.5 million for price-fixing in Washington state

Recently, I wrote about how price-gouging by corporations is responsible for a third or more of the inflation consumers are experiencing these days. Now, another instance of corporate wrongdoing that’s costing consumers millions has been exposed. Tyson Foods, the largest chicken producer in the nation, will pay $10.5 million to settle a lawsuit. Read more →


Dried fruit and fruit leathers have detectable levels of pesticides, testing shows

Pesticides were found at detectable levels in dozens of fruit leather strips and dried fruit samples, according to new EWG testing. These two fruit treats are among the most popular kids' snacks. The tests were conducted by an independent laboratory on 37 samples of organic and conventional fruit leather from 10 well-known brands. Read more →


Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen 2022: Produce with the most and least pesticides

Strawberries, spinach, and leafy greens are again the top offenders on the Dirty Dozen list developed by the Environmental Working Group or EWG. The EWG analyzes data on pesticide-contaminated fresh fruits and vegetables, based on the latest tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. Pesticide... Read more →


The baby formula shortage: a monopoly market, the FDA recall, and efforts to fix the shortage

The news that baby formula is in short supply is really confusing, especially when conspiracy theories are running rampant. It also makes one wonder why so few baby formula companies are in control of the market. And, what did babies drink who weren’t breastfed before formula companies took over baby feeding? Read more →


Cookbooks to help you brighten 2022

If you’re like me, you’ve done more cooking during the pandemic than in any recent time period. In fact, for the first time, I got tired of cooking. This list of 19 cookbooks from the Food Tank brightened my day. The cookbooks are full of bright flavors, personal stories, and rich traditional knowledge. Read more →


Bloggers begin easing into fall after summer fun

In the Seattle area, we’ve had record rains Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. That follows the last three months where only about 0.13 inches of rain fell. I went out Sunday when the fain stopped and checked my garden. I picked the last cucumbers and saw that a few zucchini are still growing. Read more →


USDA takes a step to reduce Salmonella infections in poultry, but more is needed, consumer group says

A new “key performance indicator” aimed at reducing Salmonella infections in poultry is being introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Consumer advocates have criticized federal meat and poultry inspection rules, saying they’re weak. Read more →