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30Sep 08

Country of Origin Labeling Takes Effect Today

Spam, Still the Mystery Meat, Escapes New U.S. Food-Label Rules By Alan Bjerga and Tony C. Dreibus September 30, 2008 Bloomberg U.S. rules requiring meat and fresh produce to be labeled by national origin are falling short of lawmakers' aims, leaving shoppers in the dark about where mixed vegetables, steaks and Spam come from, some lawmakers say. Six years after being adopted by Congress, country-of-origin labeling takes effect today. Concern about unsafe imports from China and Canada helped overcome food…

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25Sep 08

Report: Regulators fail to control pollution from giant livestock farms

AP's Erica Werner covers a report released Wednesday by the GAO to a House committee hearing that will examine federal oversight on factory farms. According to the GAO report, EPA does not currently have the information it needs to effectively regulate CAFOs, which have increased in number by 230 percent in the past 20 years. The report reveals that "some large farms that raise animals can generate more raw waste than populations of some U.S. cities produce annually," but the…

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25Sep 08

Declaration for Healthy Food and Agriculture

I was reflecting on our time at Slow Food Nation and thought we should circle back to the Food Declaration presented there, which encompasses so much of what we believe in as an organization, particularly as related to "preventing the cruel treatment of animals" and enforcing "transparency so that citizens know how their food is produced, where it comes from, and what it contains." The project was Initiated by Roots of Change and developed by a national team of noted…

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18Sep 08

Greene County, Iowa, Sheriff to Investigate Pig-abuse Video Made by PETA

VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED: VIDEO DEPICTS VIOLENT ACTS AGAINST ANIMALS Yet another case of animal cruelty was exposed yesterday in a video released by the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Shot by an undercover worker in a conventional confinement house, the video shows multiple workers beating and shocking pigs with electric prods, and jamming rods into sensitive areas. The farm is a supplier for Hormel Foods of Austin, Minnesota. The abusive practices seem to be…

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17Sep 08

Animal Welfare Approved Featured in Today’s New York Times

Catherine Price wrote an article in today''s New York Times about various claims and labels that consumers find on egg cartons. Once again, Animal Welfare Approved was lauded as having the highest standards for the humane treatment of animals. She writes: "For eggs from chickens that live in the sort of utopia conveyed by the images on most egg cartons, look for "animal welfare approved." Available in limited markets, it is a new label by the Animal Welfare Institute that…

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