Last year the USDA went a little soft on pork cookers, and announced that whole pork was safely prepared at 145 degrees, lowering the minimum temperature from 160. But now, in a study conducted by Consumer Reports, researchers found that many pork products across the country are infected with Yersin ... More >>
If you eat pre-made sandwiches from gas stations, you now have something to worry about besides your apparent lack of sophistication.
Meneer Zjeroen/flickrShe's no beefer... but you get the idea.Last year, the Times ran a piece on the shortage of slaughterhouses in the northeast, which hampers our efforts to eat locally raised meat. CADE ( The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship) to the rescue. This New ... More >>
MerzThis clip of Switzerland's finance minister Hans-Rudolf Merz is funny for a number of reasons, including, to start, the juxtaposition of a totally boring parliamentary meeting and a giggle fit, ever the more funny because OH, MY GOD, WE'RE GIGGLING DURING A PARLIAMENTARY MEETING. You can ... More >>
Makezine.comLast summer, Dan Barber told Gourmet.com about the difficulty he had in finding slaughterhouses that would kill his animals humanely, and expressed some hope that "roving slaughterhouses" would go some way toward solving the problem. As Christine Mulkhe reports in The New York Tim ... More >>
At almost $60 per pound, culatello can't hold a candle to pata negra jamon, costwise, but it still seems expensive, right? Last week we marveled at the $169.00 per pound Bellota variety of the jamon Iberico called pata negra. Stepping down to the next most expensive ham I know of (neglectin ... More >>
The dog meat industry in South Korean has apparently long occupied a kind of gray area, in which dog is sold for human consumption, but is not subject to the same regulations as, say, the beef industry. This means not only that the quality of dog meat is not guaranteed (there has been a spate of rel ... More >>
Norman E. Borlaug, a plant pathologist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work in industrialized food production, which fought starvation worldwide, died Saturday in Dallas. Borlaug felt that environmentalists were hampering world food production by attacking the use of pesticides. ... More >>
Diner's Journal reports that Bev Eggleston, the purveyor of all-star swine to restaurants including Momofuku, Gramercy Tavern and Savoy, spent the night of July 30 in the Tombs. Eggleston, who has pioneered the humane treatment and slaughter of animals through his Virginia-based EcoFriendly Foods, w ... More >>
The latest documentary exposing the seedy underbelly of industrialized meat farming is Pig Business, a film by environmental activist Tracy Worcester about the true price of Big Pork (a.k.a. Smithfield Foods) flooding the market with cheap factory-produced pork. Apparently, the film was supposed ... More >>
Photo borrowed from The New York Times The Feedbag was not impressed with a Times story published this past weekend on New York's urban slaughterhouses, saying it romanticized the unclean, unethical establishments. Quoth the 'Bag: "These places are filthy, nightmarish hellholes, and the smell of ... More >>
Only five out of 40 foods can be traced all the way through the supply chain, according to investigators from the Health and Human Services office. The faulty system could undermine our ability to solve a disease outbreak or bioterrorism attack. [AP via Google] The Agriculture Department will dole ... More >>
Cesare Cassela's new green balls, shown in their carryout container New York's own Tuscan cowboy chef, Cesare Cassela, is in the process of opening his new cafe and pork store known as Salumeria Rosi on the Upper West Side, mercifully near the IRT express station at 72nd Street. We couldn't help dr ... More >>
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 >>
Where's the Beef? Good Question.
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