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Pom: Juice, Drug, or Something New?

The makers of PomWonderful are under fire for their advertising claims. PomWonderful is a juice…a food product. But its makers claim that it can have specific health effects. Welcome to the complicated world of functional foods. Here’s the story, by … Continue reading

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Old Navy’s “Formula Powered” Onesie

I never thought I’d be writing a blog entry about a “onesie.” Onesies aren’t normally the subject of ethical debate or controversy. But then, it’s not often that the logo on a piece of clothing for infants raises the ire … Continue reading

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Explanations and Excuses for Salmonella-Infected Eggs

So, we finally get to hear the salmonella-in-our-eggs story from the man behind the mess. See this breaking story, by Gardiner Harris, writing for the NYT: Egg Producer Says His Business Grew Too Quickly An Iowa egg producer at the … Continue reading

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Military-Grade Nutrition

Over at the Authenticity Hoax blog, Andrew Potter just posted this interesting commentary, America’s New Age Army, about a story from yesterday’s NYT, Making Soldiers Fit to Fight, Without the Situps. It’s a story, Andrew says, …about the sorry state … Continue reading

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Ethical Principles for Infant and Young Child Nutrition

Researchers at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health in Toronto have recently published a paper advancing ethical principles for the important topic of child nutrition. Here’s the paper, by Jerome Amir Singh, Abdallah S Daar, and Peter A Singer: “Shared … Continue reading

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Ethics, Meat Eating, and Animal Pain

From Science Daily: Conflicted Meat-Eaters May Deny That Meat-Animals Have the Capacity to Suffer, Study Finds. A new study from the University of Kent has found that people who wish to escape the ‘meat paradox’ — i.e., simultaneously disliking hurting … Continue reading

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Pollan vs Hurst

From Iowa Public Television’s “Market to Market”, Pollan and Hurst Debate the Future of Agriculture (The link goes to a 10-minute video, with transcript.) …nutrition is only one aspect of a larger debate over America’s entire food system. And production … Continue reading

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Whole Milk Ethics

Here’s a take-no-prisoners piece on the whole-milk debate, by Deborah Blum, writing for Slate: The Raw-Milk Deal. Today, just about 0.5 percent of all the milk consumed in this country is unpasteurized. Yet from 1998 to 2008, the U.S. Centers … Continue reading

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Food Dyes & Risk

The Centre for Science in the Public Interest has just released a report on the dangers of food dyes. Here’s the press release CSPI Says Food Dyes Pose Rainbow of Risks (and here’s a direct link to the PDF version … Continue reading

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FDA: Limit Antibiotics in Animals

From the NY Times: Antibiotics in Animals Need Limits, F.D.A. Says The F.D.A. released a policy document stating that agricultural uses of antibiotics should be limited to assuring animal health, and that veterinarians should be involved in the drugs’ uses. … Continue reading

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