California governor vetoes ‘unnecessary’ livestock antibiotics bill

Consumer and environmental groups cheer California governor Jerry Brown’s veto of antibiotics bill, calling for tougher legislation

The governor of California on Tuesday vetoed a first-in-the-nation state law to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock production and said lawmakers should look for “new and effective ways” to prevent antibiotic overuse. The bill would have outlawed the use of antibiotics for growth in animals and required all antibiotics be prescribed by a veterinarian. Some consumer and… » Read More

Want To Find Out Where Your Fruit Was Grown? Good Luck.

Big Ag considers the path from field to supermarket a trade secret.

On May 6, 2014, as I read through the morning’s incoming email, a Food Safety Alert from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing a “voluntary recall of mangos due to possible health risk” from the bacteria Listeria caught my eye. This grabbed my attention because at the time, a handsome sunset-hued mango, purchased several days… » Read More

Caviar’s Last Stand

How the international caviar underground ended up in the Ozarks

Every spring, game warden Rob Farr patrols the reservoirs of the Osage River in central Missouri, near the town of Warsaw. A tall, bluff, gray-haired man in his late 50s, he’s worked as a Missouri Department of Conservation warden for 34 years, and he gives the rare impression of a man who thoroughly enjoys his… » Read More

Apple growers in Mexico call foul on trade with U.S.

Twenty years after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) put Mexican apple growers into direct competition with their U.S. counterparts, Mexican growers warn their industry may collapse under the weight of imports.

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BACHÍNIVA, Mexico — Isaí Gómez, a Mexican apple grower, bitterly recounts the events of last season. Around this time last year, hope prevailed in Mexico’s high-desert apple country. Bad weather had devastated the two previous years’ harvests. But in the summer of 2013, the trees were heavy with fruit. A couple months later, Gómez, along… » Read More

With Imported Seafood Flooding US, Are Inspections Enough?

Two percent gets inspected at U.S. borders, within a wider regulatory net

At the Seafood Expo North America earlier this year, visitors flocked to the free samples like  tropical fish in a tank, nibbling on shrimp and crab, smoked, roasted and baked salmon and piglet-sized loins of ahi tuna. But of the 1,100 businesses on display at the Boston show, the vast majority of fish hailed from… » Read More

Rehabilitating hospital food: aiming for healthy, sustainable and savory

A group of San Francisco hospitals are working to transform hospital food — and getting rave reviews. But can they make it tasty for patients and healthy for the environment?

In reviews on Yelp, San Francisco’s Moffitt Café averages four-and-a-half out of five stars. “Unbelievable variety, farm to table fresh food, wide produce selection, and great prices!” enthuses one customer. “I’m really happy with eating here, they have SO many options,” gushes another. Not bad reviews … especially for a hospital cafeteria. Moffitt Café, also known… » Read More

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