Test-Tube Meat

Test-Tube Meat

Feb 21

First Synthetic Test Tube Meat Due Out This Fall The idea of eating meat grown in a lab is admittedly unappetizing. For many, this is an unfortunate step beyond the genetically mutated animals currently waiting to be approved for use in retail foods. But for me, it’s a welcome alternative to our current industrial meat system. Test tube meat may not be so far-fetched, according to the above...

Bison: The other red meat

Bison: The other red meat

Dec 27

I may be late to the party, but I just found out that American Bison (not to be confused with the Asian water buffalo or the African cape buffalo) come with some special regulations by the USDA. Because they were endangered for a while — they were hunted aggressively and are naturally sensitive to climate changes — they have to be pasture-fed and cannot receive hormones or antibiotics....

Fighting the Pocketbook

Fighting the Pocketbook

Jun 28

Have you ever visibly shuddered upon seeing the price of “natural, cage-free” eggs? I have. Have you ever stared down an organic piece of fruit, knowing that it’s probably cleaner, healthier and safer than the alternative, and still walked out of the store with conventionally grown fruit because it’s half the price? I’ve done that, too. Have you ever talked to a...

Obesity Undermines Military … ?

Obesity Undermines Military … ?

Jun 08

A recent USDA e-mail update I received described a press conference concerning MyPlate (the new national food icon, replacing the pyramid) and the high costs of obesity. One of the high costs, said one retired Air Force Lieutenant General, is the undermining of our military. It’s a small thing, an opinion by one man, but the Secretary of Agriculture chose him to speak at this press...