Agriculture Sector

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Rancho Feeding Recall: Why Sick Dairy Cows Might Be to Blame

    Rancho Feeding Corp., a slaughterhouse in Petaluma, California, has suspended operations indefinitely and is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of meat that has reached 30 states. In the words of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: The meat is "unfit for human food." The facility has "processed ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 24, 2013

    The Monsanto Menace

    The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply

  • Dining

    June 26, 2013
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    February 6, 2013

    McDonald's Debuts Fish McBites!

    For a limited time, NYC area McDonald's restaurants will carry Fish McBites, a fishy answer to Chicken McNuggets. They're "poppable, crispy pieces of Alaskan Pollock and come in three sizes--Snack (3 oz.), Regular (5 oz.), and Shareable (10 oz.) "Fish McBites will be the first menu item offered by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Bacon Shortage Expected Next Year: Sorry, Brunch Just Got A Lot Less Fun

    Wake up and smell the bacon, because you might not be able to get your hands on the stuff as often anymore. The National Pig Association reports that there will be a world shortage of pork next year due to drought conditions that decimated the corn and soybean crop. According to their release: New ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Estrogens in Dairy Wastewater Persist for Years

    The Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has conducted a study showing that wastewater from large dairy farms is very high in estrogens which can persist for months, or even years. The levels found by the study are high enough to lower the sperm counts of fish living i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    Robot Chicken (Deboners)

    There's a really interesting story in the Wall Street Journal about the work of Gary McMurray. The robot builder once built military robots to help locate terrorist bombs but has spent the last eight years building...robot chicken deboners. These robots are meant to precisely separate chicken meat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    Andrew Coté, NYC Beekeeper, on Urban Apiculture (And Getting Bees in His Nose!)

    Last week, the Voice brought you news of bees(!), which have been swarming New York with the onset of warm weather. If the thought of thousands of stinging insects flying around the city en masse sounds scary, fear not! We had the chance to catch up with Andrew Coté, often billed as the city's "bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Is Your Definition of Organic the Same as the USDA's? Cornucopia Institute Declares an Organic Watergate

    The Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute is one of the country's leading preservers of the organic flame - a think-tank and advocacy group that benefits the small, family-owned farms that were once in the vanguard of the organic movement. Of course, big agribusiness has long since infiltrated (some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    FDA Calls for Reduced Use of Antibiotics in Animals

    After 35 years of urging farmers and ranchers to curb their use of antibiotics as growth inducers in animals, the FDA has announced a new collaboration with drug companies, vets and livestock producers to limit the practice.

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Organic Farmers Challenge Monsanto Patents in NY Court Hearing

    A U.S. District Court hearing in downtown New York today could determine the eventual fate of several organic farmers from across the country, including some in upstate New York. The hearing centered on a "pre-emptive" suit led by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGTA), against agr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Target to Sell Only Sustainable Seafood by 2015

    ​First of all, Target sells seafood? Second of all, this is good news considering the deplorable state of our oceans right now. Overfishing has depleted populations of fish like cod and tuna to dangerous lows, making the fact that a chain with 1,762 locations is committing itself to sustainabl ... More >>

  • Film

    June 8, 2011
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    April 4, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Taste Brooklyn, FiDi; Meet a Pig Farmer

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Tasting Brooklyn Century Loft Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. Sample dishes from the borough's best restaurants and food purveyors, including Barrio Foods, Clover Clu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Wavy Gravy Gets Clobbered at MSG

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 12, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 32 Who clubbed the clown? By Ron Rosenbaum Wavy Gravy, recovering from amoebic dysentery, tropical fever, opium addiction, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and a severe spinal condition, was out of Roosevelt Hosp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    The Single Best Genetically Modified Crop Simile We've Ever Heard

    Oh, Monsanto!​"To me, using GMO crops is like making love to a toxic blow-up doll every night." --Fourth-generation farmer Eric Herm, explaining to Leonard Lopate earlier today why he has no plans to use genetically modified crops on his Texas farm. Have a tip or restaurant-related news? Send ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Here's the 2010 Dirty Dozen Seafood (Dubious) Honor Roll

    Copyright GreenpeaceBluefin tuna: don't eat it.​Navigating the increasingly murky waters of sustainable seafood isn't an easy task, particularly when it's abetted by grocery stores whose eco-conscious posturing doesn't quite extend to what's being sold at their fish counters. Fortunately, Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Woodstock A Month Later: Going Back to See Max Yasgur's Farm

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 25, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 50 The Undulating Hillside: Going Back to Bethel by Mark Perlgut I went back to Bethel a couple of weeks ago. I said to myself, I'm visiting friends nearby and I might as well go back to the incredibl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Lucian Truscott IV Makes his Voice Debut

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 2, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 12 A Stockingful of Love, But No Re-admission by Lucian Truscott IV "Wow!" I thought. A free thing on Christmas at the Electric Circus. How East Villageish and community closeness and everybody will be to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Hugh Romney, Before He Was Wavy Gravy

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 19, 1968, Vol. XIV, No. 10 The Hog Farm Commune: A Geodesic Christmas by Joe Pilati The 365-day expanse the Yippies have already designated "Year of the Pig" is almost upon us. It will be a time of bemoaning Richard the Chicke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    The New York Health Department Has Lifted Its Beekeeping Ban

    Here's some very sweet news for local beekeepers and those hoping to acquire some hives of their own: Earlier today, the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene voted unanimously to lift its decade-old beekeeping ban, which had lumped honeybees together with such dangerous creatures as poi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    American Catfish Farmers Want Vietnamese Catfish to be Called Catfish

    If it looks like a catfish and tastes like a catfish...​What, exactly, is a catfish? That's the question that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is being forced to consider, thanks to the efforts of American catfish farmers to get Vietnamese catfish labeled as catfish. The farmers are lobbying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    The Times Magazine's Year in Ideas: Food & Drink Edition

    JelleS/flickr​ The greatest ideas of 2009, according to the Times Magazine, include the conclusion that empty beer bottles make better weapons than full ones. Swiss forensic pathologist Stephan Bolliger endeavored to discover whether a beer bottle could be used to crack open a human skull. Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Yes In My Backyard: Download Naam's "Skyling Slip"

    Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Diane Suarez​Brooklyn kraut-metal crushers Naam take the trippiest part of your favorite Hawkwind song and stretch it like space-taffy into hypnotic, riff-driven mush. Recorded at an abandoned dairy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    At the Greenmarket: Smoked Bluefish

    Smoked bluefish salad with cherry tomatoes​ ​ Ever since Sam Sifton's reminder of just how good bluefish can be, it seems like the grayish, dense, oily, and delicious fish is everywhere--at every fish market in town for $6 a pound; mashed into rillettes at Fort Defiance; and either fresh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    No Farm, No Foul? Farmed Salmon on Drugs, Possibly Mad

    izik/flickr​ While it's not all bad news for fish lovers these days, navigating your local fish market can still feel like walking through a minefield of over-harvested, unsustainable choices. Now, Gourmet reports that we should also be worried about rife antibiotic use in certain fish farms. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Beekeepers Swarm Water Taxi Beach; Toll House Recall A Wake-up Call

    Beekeepers swarmed Water Taxi Beach Monday night for the Beekeepers Ball, which kicked off Pollinator Week, a week dedicated to promoting beekeeping. Beekeeping is illegal in New York City, but a bill to lift the ban has been introduced and is currently awaiting a hearing. [NY Times] Fast-food chai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Tainted Cookie Dough; Bees In Brooklyn; A Car Made of Food

    The latest food safety debacle involves Nestle's refrigerated cookie dough, which was recalled after 65 people in 29 states got sick. Microbiologists and food safety investigators are stumped as to how the E. coli 0157 strain, a bacterium that lives in the intestines of cattle, managed to find its w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Organic Farmers Suffer Losses; Prisoners Excercise Their Green Thumbs

    Organic farmers are feeling the sting of the organic food trend slowing. Dairy farmers, especially, are suffering, and many have been told to cut milk production by up to 20 percent. The slowdown, combined with the high cost of transporting organic feed from the Midwest has caused 32 dairy farms in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    No Fish by 2048? The End of the Line--Interview with Journalist Charles Clover

    Photo courtesy The End of the Line "Imagine a world without fish." That's the tagline of The End of the Line, a documentary that landed on my desk last week. The press release goes on to say that if we continue to overfish the oceans at the current rate, there will essentially be no fish to eat by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Joy of Cooking Getting Fat

    A study comparing the 1931 Joy of Cooking to the 2006 edition found a 63% increase in calories in 17 of the recipes.[LA Times]Low milk prices are leading farmers to slaughter hundreds of thousands of dairy cows for meat because they can no longer afford to feed the animals.[AP via Chicago Tribune]Af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    I, Locavore -- Part One

    A locavore, of course, is a person who's greatest priority, food-wise, is to purchase wholesome products made as close to home as possible. Partly, this a intended to reduce one's carbon footprint, but it's also out of repulsion at the practice of growing food on one side of the globe and then sendi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008
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    April 15, 2008

    Test Tube Meat?

    The first in-vitro meat symposium was held last week in Norway. Yes, in-vitro meat, as in meat grown in a lab, from cell culture. That sounds pretty gross, but it's actually no more disgusting (and infinitely more humane) than many factory-farming practices. Jason G. Matheny, of New Harvest, jus ... More >>

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    November 16, 2007
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    October 24, 2007
  • Film

    September 26, 2006
  • Theater

    June 27, 2006

    Faithing the Facts

    Busy World's wordplay belies lofty themes; Pig Farm's just a boar

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005

    Hog Farm's Wayward Bus

    Pilgrims & Profiteers on A Cross-Country Crusade

  • News

    July 19, 2005

    The Roberts file

    The Supreme Court nominee: A conservative lawyer in King Dubya's court

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2005
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    May 10, 2005
  • Film

    October 26, 2004
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    April 13, 2004
  • News

    December 30, 2003

    Slaughterhouse Jive

    Where's the Beef? Good Question.

  • News

    December 30, 2003

    Slaughterhouse Politics

    Ranchers Fought Rules That Might Have Prevented Mad Cow

  • Books

    July 30, 2002

    Toxic to the Tongue

    How Big Business Feeds You Hazardous Food

  • News

    May 15, 2001

    The DNA Bomb

    Modified Crops are In the Crosshairs Now. You May Be Next.

  • News

    May 11, 1999

    So Shad

    A Great Hudson River Fishery Faces Its End

  • News

    December 15, 1998

    Scales of Justice

    Striped Bass May Be New York’s Newest Contraband

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