There's been a flurry of activity in Congress over the past month as legislators clear off their desks and prepare to leave DC for the August recess. The cheat sheet we've created below summarizes the most significant food and agriculture related bills they've been working on, why they're important and their current status.
The new Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives from the Environmental Working Group spills the beans about what has been added to your food that isn't food.
For pregnant and nursing mothers, eating more fish is something that the FDA specifically recommends. To lots of people, "fish" equals tuna. It's canned. It's cheap. It's easy. But new analysis from Consumer Reports concludes that tuna's high levels of mercury outweigh its potential benefits for expecting mothers.
The "natural" label claim epitomizes everything that's wrong with our food labeling laws - now a new report by Consumer Reports is calling on the USDA and FDA to kill off one of the most misleading - and downright contemptible - claims you'll find on food packaging today.
The Environmental Working Group released a new report about the sugar content of children's cereals, revealing that sugar levels are still much too high.
In the wake of reports from the CDC and Johns Hopkins on the urgent threat of antibiotic resistant infections, the pressure is on America's biggest retailer to tackle the antibiotics overuse problem in meat production.
It's been a busy few weeks of developments in genetic engineering (GE) news, each deserving of further attention - so without further ado, here's a roundup-ready (sorry, we couldn't resist) collection of the most important stories about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as efforts to require their labeling.
Despite the threat to human health and the environment, industrial poultry producers continue to use arsenical drugs to boost growth rates. A new study measured how much of this arsenic ends up in your meat.
Salt, sugar, fat. In recent years, they've lived at the center of a mighty battle between food industry marketers and "good food" advocates. Enter Michael Moss, whose must-read book does something a little different.
Move over Grinch. The FDA is doing everything in its power to give American consumers a terrible holiday gift this year. Today they took the final step toward approving genetically engineered (GE) salmon, the first GE food animal.
According to Consumer Reports' "Arsenic in Your Food," an analysis of 65 rice products revealed measurable levels of total arsenic - including organic and inorganic forms - in almost every product.
The impacts of industrial agriculture are a regular topic of discussion here on Ecocentric, but we've never delved into the complex relationship and alarming connections between our drug industry and our food industry, so we decided to take a look.
Consumers Union released the report, "Meat on Drugs" and, in partnership with FixFood, launched the Meat Without Drugs campaign to inspire action.
We've been talking about corporate "greenwashing" for a while, now, but if food activists have been hard at work talking to consumers about food systems, so have food marketers.
There's a new GMO in town: Monsanto's GE sweet corn. If you're unhappy about this, you're not alone. Food and Water Watch has initiated a national campaign to pressure Walmart to refuse to sell products using the GE corn.
Despite the potential environmental threat posed by genetically engineered fish, biotech corporation, AquaBounty has received more than $2.4 million in federal research grants since 2003 to support its GE salmon project.