The cult graffiti artist who did the official, unofficial, “hope” portrait of the Obama campaign has gone to the dogs. Maybe a few cats also.

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A reader emailed me and asked if it were true that Shepard Fairey, the wonderfully creative street artist whose stylistic portrait of the president became the icon of the campaign, had done a spinoff to aid dogs languishing in pet … Continue reading

As money becomes tighter, organic food becomes expendable for many.

I’ve been hearing from organic food producers, especially dairy farmers, who say that after years of soaring growth and markets for all they can produce, the reality of dealing with rough economic times is painfully hitting home. (c) photo by … Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: New butter flavoring for popcorn and other food products may be no safer than the lung-injuring diacetyl it replaces.


Scientists worry that the “new,” “completely safe” butter flavoring used on popcorn and in other foods may be as dangerous as the lung-destroying chemical, called diacetyl, that it replaced. Diacetyl-linked jury verdicts of tens of millions of dollars for injured … Continue reading

Crime lab tools can identify mislabeled and smuggled seafood faster and easier and diners might get the fish they pay for.


Food scientists are taking a page out of the crime fighting handbook to figure out whether consumers and restaurants are actually getting the seafood they are paying for. A study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology demonstrates … Continue reading

Government is sending money to care for asbestos victims in Libby. Will W.R. Grace keep picking up medical bills as it promised?

People in Libby, Mont. are through licking their wounds and are working to put the acquittal earlier this month of W.R. Grace and its executives behind them. But many say they live in fear that the innocent verdict offered up … Continue reading

The Internet will protect us from dangerous food? It’s a start, the White House says.

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Two of President Obama’s cabinet officers today launched a government website as a step in improving the nation’s food safety system or, at least, giving the public a way to see whether the White House is making any progress with … Continue reading

Nanoparticle use grows in consumer products; safety testing inadequate, experts say.


The exciting and potentially benefit-laden world of nanoparticles continues to expand at rates that surpass the growth of any technology in history. Many public health leaders plead for caution and additional research into the widespread human and environmental hazards that … Continue reading

Kill step and an adequate lethality. We can’t be talking about food.


Why would words like “kill step” and “adequate lethality” be in the lexicon of the USDA, the Food and Drug Administration and major manufacturers of heat-to-eat food? After putting aside all the complex government and scientific explanations, these war-like sounding … Continue reading

Pesticide is too dangerous for use in the U.S., but apparently it’s just fine to use in other countries.


Carbofuran, an extremely dangerous pesticide that will be banned in the U.S., can still be sold and used overseas. This raises concerns among food safety experts that farm workers and their families in Latin America and Asia can continue being … Continue reading