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Antibiotics and the Meat We Eat

Antibiotics and the Meat We Eat | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
While the F.D.A. can see what kinds of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are coming out of livestock facilities, the agency knows little about the antibiotics that are being fed to the animals.
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An attempt to collect some of the better recent material related to food ethics in the popular press.
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Cornell sinks teeth into four new MOOCs | Cornell Chronicle

Cornell sinks teeth into four new MOOCs | Cornell Chronicle | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University
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How a national food policy could save millions of American lives

How a national food policy could save millions of American lives | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
A comprehensive plan would protect health, farmers and the environment.
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Pollan and Bittman gang up against big Food with this manifesto.  But the usual question remains: can the approach they are recommending feed 7.2 billion mouths?

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3D printed meat on the way – and it will be disruptive, say American specialists

3D printed meat on the way – and it will be disruptive, say American specialists | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
3D printed meat production will become technically feasible and could create competition for traditional meat producers as consumers will ultimately be able to print their own meat products – although much research and development still remains, say American food academics.
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The poll at the bottom suggests that a lot of people are already open to eating this.  Again, will technology soon make the current debates over animal agriculture moot?

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Farming Science, Without the Conscience

Farming Science, Without the Conscience | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
The taxpayer-financed U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, home to sickening experiments, should be reformed — or shut down.
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‘Food Is a Death Sentence to These Kids’

‘Food Is a Death Sentence to These Kids’ | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Day by day, meal by meal, training children to cope with Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic form of obesity.
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Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They're Cracked Up To Be

Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They're Cracked Up To Be | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Egg cartons these days are often plastered with an array of terms that can confuse and even mislead consumers. Here's a glossary of carton jargon for the wannabe informed egg buyer.
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understand your egg carton...

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It’s Here: Vegan Cheese That Actually Tastes Good

It’s Here: Vegan Cheese That Actually Tastes Good | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Both vegans and non-vegans alike are pretty much in agreement that most vegan cheeses on the market are a poor substitute for the real thing. But two Bay Area companies, Kite Hill and Miyoko's Kitchen, are crafting artisanal plant-based cheeses that might indeed surprise even the most discerning cheese-lover.
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want to try these.  Still, they won't help those of us addicted to casomorphins...

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Don’t Ask How to Feed the 9 Billion

Don’t Ask How to Feed the 9 Billion | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
The solution isn’t to produce more food, it’s to eliminate poverty.
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Not much of substance in this one, but at least the beginnings of a response to the 'we've got to feed 9 billion' point.

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Cow Nation - British Milk for Animal Lovers

Cow Nation - British Milk for Animal Lovers | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
The most animal-friendly brand... ever. Cow Nation has a dairy model which enables each cow to live out its full natural life along with all their offspring.
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This may be the least cruel milk the world has ever seen. 

 

Unfortunately, it's very hard to see how this could be scaled up to meet demand.  Moreover, as Harold Brown pointed out to me, given the toll that cows take on the environment (animal industry produces more greenhouse gas than the entire transportation sector according to the recent UN report "Livestock's Long Shadow"), it's unfortunately hard to see how letting them live out their natural lives is a viable option. 

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10 things farmers won’t tell you

10 things farmers won’t tell you | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
What you don’t know about farming — from tax subsidies to farmer’s markets — revealed.
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Hilarious. "More than 8,000 farmers’ markets have cropped up nationwide as part of the local-food craze. But what they’re selling you might not be as local as you think. Some less-than-scrupulous vendors have been caught buying from grocers in bulk and attempting to pass off supermarket produce as their own."

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How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground

How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Inside the Obama administration’s standoff with Republicans, the food industry and the nation’s lunch ladies over the future of the cafeteria.
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Hm. Is "lunch ladies" still an acceptable term?

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Sir Paul McCartney raps for Meat Free Monday campaign

Sir Paul McCartney raps for Meat Free Monday campaign | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Musician makes plea for people to go vegetarian once a week, in video posted on YouTube featuring short rap
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I ate crickets because they're the future of food

I ate crickets because they're the future of food | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
The morning after I visited Next Millennium Farms, my digestive system expelled its first cricket exoskeleton. There it was, floating on the water’s edge of my hotel room toilet: a translucent...
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Attack on meat has industry seeing red

Attack on meat has industry seeing red | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
The meat industry is sharpening its knives over a small federal committee that issued sweeping nutrition advice that essentially told Americans to drop the burger and grab a handful of kale.The beef and pork associations spent months sweating as the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee worked on developing a large book of nutrition advice that...
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Why Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman’s Proposed Food Policy Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

Why Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman’s Proposed Food Policy Won’t Happen Anytime Soon | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Civil rights had a bridge in Selma, Alabama, and gay rights had a bar in Greenwich Village. Last week, foodies made their stand at a former Rockefeller family dairy in New York’s tony Westchester County. A group of more than 200 food activists, peppered with a few dozen conventional farmers,...
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Mealworm 'meat' team competes to feed the world | Cornell Chronicle

Mealworm 'meat' team competes to feed the world | Cornell Chronicle | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University
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Cornell food team develops insecto-protein.

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U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit - NYTimes.com

U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit - NYTimes.com | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
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really awful stuff.

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Smithfield Foods announces progress on sow housing

Smithfield Foods announces progress on sow housing | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
US-based Smithfield Foods has announced it had transitioned more than 70% (71.4%) of its pregnant sows to group housing systems by the end of 2014.
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Welcome progress for 70% of their 1.1 million sows...

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Time to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Industrial Agriculture?

Time to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Industrial Agriculture? | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
That's what some food writers glean from a new study. Here's why they're wrong.
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Abusing Chickens We Eat

Abusing Chickens We Eat | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
When the label says “raised cage free” and has the U.S.D.A.’s seal of approval, you should be able to trust that the animals weren’t tortured, right?
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Cage free isn't always cruelty free, apparently...

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Serving Up Fries, for a Living Wage

Serving Up Fries, for a Living Wage | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Some economists point to Denmark, where fast-food workers make more than twice what they would in the United States, in discussions about American wages.
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Milk Grown in a Lab Is Humane and Sustainable. But Can It Catch On?

Milk Grown in a Lab Is Humane and Sustainable. But Can It Catch On? | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
A Silicon Valley vision: Instead of milking dairy cows, we could make milk in a lab with genetically engineered yeast.
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Unlike the "let them live our their natural lives" model also posted this week, this appears to be a scalable and sustainable model (because there are no cows involved at all!).  Thanks to Antonia Ruppel for the link.

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In India, The World's First Vegetarian City

In India, The World's First Vegetarian City | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
PALITANA — Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world and preaches a path of non-violence towards all living beings. In India, about 5 million people practice it.
"Everyone in this world — whether animal or human
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A vegetarian city!

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The Bioethicist Turned Butcher

The Bioethicist Turned Butcher | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
Dan Honig got his master’s degree in bioethics after studying philosophy and environmental ethics. Now, he co-owns Happy Valley Meat Company, a high-quality beef supplier.
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The final quotation seems to be in tension with his overall position (and practice):  “Animals have needs and desires. They are not just machines, but morally similar to us,” he said. “We shouldn’t ignore everything that makes them a living creature.”

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Luke Caldwell's curator insight, October 1, 2014 9:51 PM

Always great to know the source of good quality produce!

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World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise

World population to hit 11bn in 2100 – with 70% chance of continuous rise | Ethics of eating | Scoop.it
New study overturns 20 years of consensus on peak projection of 9bn and gradual decline
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it's the only way to "feed 9 billion" is often cited as a powerful argument for the industrial agriculture system.  Now it looks like 9 billion is off by a long shot.

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