Agriculture Feed

20 books to read about food this summer

The world as we know it is changing due to the coronavirus pandemic. But as it exposes inequities in the health and food systems, many people hope that the pandemic offers an opportunity to build a new and more sustainable food system. Read more →

Bayer to pay more than $10 billion to settle cancer lawsuits

Bayer agreed to pay $10 billion over claims its herbicide Roundup causes cancer in people in a settlement announced Wednesday. Most of the money will be sent to four leading plaintiffs’ law firms, who will distribute it to nearly 100,000 clients. Read more →

Genetically engineered and gene edited plants face less oversight under the Trump administration’s USDA

A majority of genetically engineered and gene edited plants now will escape any oversight from the USDA under revised regulations issued recently by the agency. The result is that government regulators and the public will have no idea what products will enter the market. Read more →

Foodborne illnesses increasing, CDC says, but Trump administration drags its feet on enforcement

The CDC said Tuesday infections caused by Campylobacter, Yersinia, Cyclospora, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, and Vibrio increased in 2019 compared to 2016-2018, with progress in reducing Salmonella, Shigella, and Listeria infections stalled. Read more →

Don’t give businesses immunity from liability for exposing workers or consumers to covid-19, consumer groups say

No business should be given immunity from potential liability for exposing workers or customers to covid-19. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for businesses to be immune from liability if their workers and customers get sick. Read more →

Stock up on protein foods on your next trip to the grocery store, because some meat processing plants are closing

Around the United States, several meat processing plants are closing because workers are getting the coronavirus. A Tyson Foods pork plant and a National Beef Packing slaughterhouse, both in Iowa, and JBS USA beef plant in Pennsylvania have closed. Read more →

Baby boomers concentrate on keepin’ on during the coronavirus pandemic

I’m working on my book about my journalism career, so these days of staying at home are going by quickly for me. I have plenty of food (and toilet paper) and just found out I can order groceries, except frozen food, from my local food co-op. Read more →

Grower’s edge vaporizers are being recalled by Hawthorne Hydroponics due to shock, burn, and fire hazards

Hawthorne Hydroponics is recalling about 60,000 grower’s edge vaporizers in the United States and about 340 in Canada. The vaporizers can overheat, and the vaporized materials can pose a burn risk if spilled or cause a fire if they fall onto a combustible surface. Read more →

Strawberries, spinach, and kale top this year’s Dirty Dozen list for pesticide residue, but raisins are worse

Nearly 70 percent of the fresh produce sold in the United States contains residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2020 Dirty Dozen. This year’s Dirty Dozen are: Read more →

Meat industry wins another round in its continual efforts to cut back federal meat inspection programs despite sharply increasing hazardous recalls

Tyson Foods received a waiver from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service from requirements for government inspectors at a Kansas beef slaughter plant. It will allow Tyson to rely on company employees, rather than government inspectors, to conduct some inspection services. Read more →