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Commentary & Opinion
Commentary & Opinion
December 15, 2009 Overhaul of U.S. food safety system is overdueSource: Los Angeles Times
FDA oversight hasn't had a major revision for more than 50 years. Farms are inspected about once a decade; about 1% of imported food is examined. Congress should act now to protect the public.
December 11, 2009 The Top 7 Foods Avoided by Food Safety ExpertsSource: Emaxhealth.com
Liz Vaccariello, Editor in Chief of Prevention Magazine, recently interviewed several experts on food healthfulness and safety. She asked, “What foods do you avoid”, and was surprised by some of the answers.
December 8, 2009 Editorials - Are toys safer?Source: Miami Herald
Is danger lurking in that toy you want to buy for a favorite toddler? This year, the chances are better than ever that the answer is No. Toys now on the market are supposed to meet a higher safety standard than they have before,...
November 30, 2009 Food Sunday: Will the Food Safety Bill Make Food Safe?Source: FDL - Blog
As I flew home Friday, I realized the irony of the shirt I was wearing. It said "Put a trial lawyer out of business. Pass food safety reform BEFORE Thanksgiving." Oops. Guess that didn’t happen. Then again, I don’t think that...
There have been all kinds of scary headlines and stories about food safety problems. The most recent was a front-page story in the New York Times a few weeks ago about a young dance instructor who wound up paralyzed from the...
November 20, 2009 Are Americans really 'food insecure'?Source: Washington Post
Many families are struggling in today’s economy, and this has hurt their food budgets. This week an Agriculture Department study showed that 16.4 million U.S. households containing 49.1 million people experienced “food...
November 16, 2009 Editorial: Time for the USDA to do it jobSource: Contr Costa Times - CA
A REPORT by the Government Accountability Office gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture failing grades when it comes to protecting the lunches of millions of schoolchildren, and Martinez Rep. George Miller wants to know what's...
October 15, 2009 Canada needs a national food strategySource: Toronto Star
What is most disturbing about Canada's food system is not the degraded quality, the impact on health, the devastation of natural resources from industrial fishing and farming, the impoverishment of food producers, the inequitable...
Source: Tim McCown, Examiner NY.com
Back in 2001 when Eric Schlosser's book, Fast Food Nation came out many of us seriously contemplated becoming vegetarian. When he stated," You are what you eat but do you know what you are eating," many of us had no clue. We...
September 29, 2009 Food Supply Worries of an Agricultural Scientist, Part 3: Climate ChangeSource: Sustainablog.org
People involved in world agriculture have no patience with the supposed “debate” about climate change. We are already seeing the effects, and the projections for the future are not encouraging. The most troubling feature of...
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