While each immigrant story carries its own unique lessons for modern life, in the case of the Irish Diaspora, one of the most useful takeaways lies in the tragic role that unsustainable agricultural practices played in leading to the mass starvation and exodus of the Irish people.
Spoiler alert! Here it is, our recap of the final episode of Farmed and Dangerous, the explosive series on the conflicting messages - and messengers - about the food we eat. We're almost sorry to see Buck Marshall go!
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.
If you're from Maryland or ever lived in Maryland you've probably been to a crab feast (or crab "pick" in Virginia) and you know that Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs are the best in the world. I was lucky enough to indulge in this summer rite of passage recently and as we picked our bushel of crabs we talked about the health of the Bay and the impact of one of the worst droughts in decades.
You may have heard that there are two things no one wants to see made: laws and sausages. While jokes about the nastiness of hot dog production date back to the 1800s, nothing stops Americans from gobbling down 20 billion of them per year, topping them with everything from cream cheese to jalapenos!
James Whitlow Delano leads one of those lives you read about in NatGeo, spending his days traveling to exotic places, getting lost in the jungle with only his camera for company. Thankfully, he finds his way out and shares his photos with the world.