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.
Spring - it's the eagerly anticipated season of new life and fertility, the transition from a winter slumber to an active, fruitful growing season. The egg symbolizes these notions and is traditionally used across many cultures to celebrate spring.
What do we know about the giant food companies' social and environmental practices even as they produce so many of the familiar food products we buy and eat every day? According to Oxfam's "Behind the Brands" campaign, we don't know enough, and what we do know is a bit troubling.
The scandal has led to a discussion about flaws in the European meat industry, which is largely self-regulated. While the horse meat didn't reach our shores, there are similar battles raging on US soil over labeling and inspection regulations - and when it comes to our food, we have to stand up for our right to know what we're consuming.
Welcome to sequestration! Here's your quick guide on how those immediate, deep, across-the-board federal budget cuts will greatly impact food, water and energy programs (among many others). If you love meat, you'd best read on.
Small slaughterhouses once existed throughout the US. Unfortunately, the transition to factory farming spawned the creation of huge, highly mechanized, corporate-controlled mega-slaughterhouses, which ultimately put most small, independent slaughterhouses out of business.
The USDA is currently deciding whether or not to approve an application by Dow Chemical for its controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn variety that is resistant to the highly toxic herbicide 2,4-D, one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange.
Today comes news of the latest gnarly discovery in the world of food safety: yersinia enterocolitica bacteria were found in 69% of the nearly 200 random pork samples tested from six US cities in a study by Consumer Reports, the widely respected independent consumer advocacy organization.
In just a few days California will vote on Proposition 37, which would require the labeling of genetically modified foods. Controversy surrounding the measure extends far beyond California, as GMOs remain a contentious topic around the globe, and a yes vote could impact policy across the nation.
Food Day, a nationwide event celebrating healthy, affordable and sustainable food, is being held on October 24th - this Wednesday. We're celebrating with a special Food Day Twitter Conference and hope that you will join us!
Trashed opens with the dashing Jeremy Irons strolling on a beach beneath a garbage glacier, and goes on to make a dramatic argument that our wasteful culture is burying us. Learn how you can make a difference, too!
There is an old saying with many variations, the gist of which is, "Making laws and making sausages are both disgusting processes." The quote is often attributed to Otto Von Bismark but according to Yale's Fred Shapiro, it was actually lawyer-poet John Godfrey Saxe who said "Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made." In any case, jokes about the nastiness of hot dog production date back to the 1800s.
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.