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Status symbol front lawns questioned

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“Bankers and politicians turn food in a betting game” — says The Guardian

From Aditya Chakrabortty, writing for The Guardian:

“The best kind of argument is one where you already know you’re right, which must be what draws in so many people to the row over record food prices. What other issue allows the techno-nuts to bang on about the need for GM crops, the population drones to point out for the nine-billionth time the growing number of mouths to feed in the world, or my comrades on the left to have another go at big bad agribusiness – all at the same time? Some of these points are worth airing; the surging cost of bread or beef around the world is unlikely to have just one cause. But the overriding feature of this debate is how few of the participants feel the need to do any more than dust off their hobby horses.

Meanwhile, at the risk of sounding crass, around a billion people – one in seven of the world’s population – go to bed hungry every night. Continue reading

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London England grocery store chickens also loaded with dangerous pathogens

From Bill Marler’s blog:

Tesco is one of the English supermarket chains cited in this study. Photo from LIFE. Click image to see source.

The Tests – According to tests on 20 grocery store chickens, picking up a package of chicken in Asda, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco could put you at risk of food poisoning. E. coli was found on one of the chickens from Sainsbury’s.

Staphylococcus aureus, an MRSA-related bacteria that can cause wound infections, was found on a sample from Asda.

Acinetobacter baumannii, which also causes serious wound infections, was found on one chicken from Asda and two from Marks & Spencer. Proteus mirabilis, which can cause urinary tract infections, was found on chickens from Asda, Tesco and Morrisons, and high levels of Micrococcus luteus, which also causes urinary tract infections, were found on a sample from Tesco….” Continue reading

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Raw milk program to air on BBC radio

From Kimberly Hartke’s blog:

by Phil Ridley, Volunteer Weston A. Price Chapter Leader, London, England

I’m excited to say that BBC’s The Food Program is covering the issue of raw milk. I’ve had the privilege of being contacted by the producer, who has been speaking to various people about raw milk, to prepare for this program, and she has received a copy of “The Untold Story of Milk” by Ron Schmid. Continue reading

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George Monbiot recants vegan advocacy

From The Guardian UK:

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“This will not be an easy column to write. I am about to put down 1,200 words in support of a book that starts by attacking me and often returns to this sport. But it has persuaded me that I was wrong. More to the point, it has opened my eyes to some fascinating complexities in what seemed to be a black and white case. Continue reading

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Could pesticides be killing bees after all?

Here’s an excerpt from a story by Katherine Eban, writing for Fortune magazine titled “What a Scientist didn’t tell the New York Times about his study on Bee Deaths“:

Bee photo above from the Oregonian. See link at bottom of story.

FORTUNE — Few ecological disasters have been as confounding as the massive and devastating die-off of the world’s honeybees. The phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) — in which disoriented honeybees die far from their hives — has kept scientists, beekeepers, and regulators desperately seeking the cause. After all, the honeybee, nature’s ultimate utility player, pollinates a third of all the food we eat and contributes an estimated $15 billion in annual agriculture revenue to the U.S. economy. Continue reading

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Britain’s raw milk business booms

Here’s a story which Ian Cumming wrote back in 2005 for the Ontario Farmer, about a year before the infamous 2006 raid on Glencolton Farms. It’s worth noting that the British model for the regulated sale of raw milk is one that a number of Canadians, including Michael Schmidt, later recommended to the Ontario government for serious study.

What is it about farming in "the old country" of Britain and Europe that makes their raw milk so much less of a dire health hazard than milk in North America? The horns? OR the traditions?

Food safety [in Britain] is strictly regulated but demand continues to be strong for farmgate milk sales. Much of the raw milk is sold to customers who pick it up directly from the farm.

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