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Chicken Little Sampler Platter

by: Jill Richardson

Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 16:33:52 PM PST

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Here are all of the stories on my plate this afternoon that predict - in one way or another - that the sky is falling. Hope it doesn't give you indigestion!

  • A study finds three kinds of evidence of declining fruit and vegetable nutrient content.
  • Yum! Want some mercury in your high fructose corn syrup? Cuz you might be getting it whether you want it or not. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy found it in 9 out of 20 HCFS samples from 3 manufacturers. Then they tested 55 brand name foods and beverages and found mercury in 1/3 of them.

    The mercury comes originally from chlor-alkali plants used to make caustic soda. The caustic soda is used, in turn, to separate corn starch from the corn kernal. The mercury can contaminate the caustic soda and then contaminate the HFCS. There IS newer, cleaner technology that the chlor-alkali plants can use (in fact, only 4 U.S. plants still use mercury and the rest don't).

  • The FDA just decided how to regulate genetically engineered animals, bringing them a step closer to becoming a reality. The GE DNA will be treated as a drug, the same as a hormone or antibiotic, and does not need to be labeled on the final product.
  • Welcome to nanotechnology - the newest threat to food. Kraft and Nestl√© are designing "smart" food that interacts with consumers to personalize flavors. Mars is designing packaging with nanotechnology to extend shelf-life. Currently nanotechnology is a wild frontier of the food industry, with little if any oversight or regulation. If nothing else, it certainly serves to increase corporate control of our food supply.
  • Civil Eats reports on MRSA with your BLT. Looks like the real consequences of overusing antibiotics in livestock are coming home to roost.
  • Industrial ag has ruined everything else, and now they are ruining manure, says Elanor from The Ethicurean. Turns out all those antibiotics we needlessly give to livestock wind up in the manure - and then in the veggies the manure fertilized.
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I love your formatting! (4.00 / 3)
How do you do that?  I'd like to do mine that way from now on...

And as for personalized flavors?!?!

Wow.  I don't even care anymore.  "They" can call me a 'Luddite' all they want.  

I'm gonna draw a line when flavors become objects subject to change based upon personal preferences, thank you very much...

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"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

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Cool, thanks Jill! (4.00 / 2)
I will refer back to this; and maybe next time, mine will look almost as good as yours...


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Lol... (4.00 / 3)
Yes, but as long as I'm copying The Best, I don't see the problem?


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the highest (4.00 / 2)
form of praise i've always heard....

come firefly-dreaming with me....

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Eating Right? (4.00 / 3)
I'm beginning to think that I accidentally hit on the right approach to food-buying and eating.  

Some years ago, I virtually stopped eating all meat, especially all red meat, to help lower my cholesterol without drugs.  I found I really did not miss it at all.  Now I have meat maybe once a year and chicken maybe a dozen times, with a few servings of wild fish.

Over the years, I have also virtually eliminated all processed foods, with the exception of dried fruit.  I make a lot of my own bread, eat mostly whole grains and try to avoid preservatives and other additives.  I found new cooking creativity once I started to make my own products.

I did this primarily to lower my food bills dramatically.  It did, until agribusiness used high fuel prices to justify high increases in food prices.  Fuel prices went down, but food prices didn't--at least not here in CT--and they are even higher in my Southern hometown.    

Just when I thought I was getting it right, Jill reports that there are antibiotics in my nutrient-deficient veggies due to the manure used to fertilize it.  

What's a poor consumer to do?  


you're so right (4.00 / 2)
we're just backed into a corner!

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

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