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Pride's Purge

(satire – sort of)

The Food Standards Agency is urgently investigating how excess amounts of artificial sweeteners – including significant traces of fudge – have been allowed to find their way into what was supposed to be the red meat of David Cameron’s speech today on Britain’s relationship with the EU.

The Food Safety Authority reported on Wednesday that results of an analysis they carried out into the speech have revealed it also contained dangerous levels of unprocessed tripe – which they say accounted for as much as 80% of the total red meat content of the speech.

The FSA also expressed concerns about the inaccuracy of some of the labelling of a number of the ingredients contained within the speech – which had been sold to the public as pure British bulldog but was in fact found to contain large traces of cattle, sheep and chicken DNA.

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Profiling Yersinia enterocolitica « eFoodAlert

What is yersiniosis? How long does it take to develop?

Yersinia enterocolitica infections in younger children usually result in enterocolitis – diarrhea, low-grade fever and abdominal pain. In older children and young adults, the infection may produce symptoms that resemble appendicitis. Symptoms typically require from one to 11 days to develop.

What are the symptoms of Yersinia enterocolitica infections?

Symptoms may include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and vomiting. The severity of the symptoms depends upon the age of the victim and the size of the dose. The disease symptoms last from one to three weeks in most cases.

What is the prognosis of a Yersinia enterocolitica infection?

Most infections are self-limiting; however, complications and secondary illnesses can include appendicitis, arthritis, erythema nodosum, bacteremia, or extraintestinal infections. Among individuals who develop bacteremia (infection of the bloodstream), the fatality rate is 34-50%.

What foods carry Yersinia enterocolitica?

Yersinia enterocolitica has been found in meats (beef, poultry, lamb and, especially pork), milk and other dairy products, and seafood. Many – but not all – of the strains found in food are not pathogenic to humans.

How can people protect themselves from Yersinia enterocolitica infections?

Yersinia enterocolitica is killed during pasteurization of milk and by normal cooking procedures. Ways to minimize the risk of contracting an infection include:

Always cook pork, beef, lamb and poultry thoroughly, to an internal temperature of 165ºF (74ºC)

Take care to avoid contact between raw meat juices and foods that are ready-to-eat, including cooked meats, side dishes, salads and desserts

Wash and sanitize hands, utensils and work surfaces after working with any raw meat

Avoid consuming raw milk and dairy products made using unpasteurized milk

Avoid drinking untreated water

Always wash hands after touching a pet or barnyard animal

Do not allow toddlers and young children to play with pets or barnyard animals unsupervised.

via Profiling Yersinia enterocolitica « eFoodAlert.

Mexico: Hunger Strike Against GMO Corn | Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy

We want to express our indignation faced with the terrible blow that would come with the imminent approval of large-scale commercial planting of GMO maize in Mexico, and we demand that the Mexican government place the interests of peasants and the majority of Mexican farmers above the interests of a few transnational corporations. After his official visit to Mexico in 2011, the Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food of the United Nations, Olivier de Schutter, recommended that the government of then-president Calderón immediately suspend experimental planting of GMO maize, because of its impact on the rights of peasants, on biodiversity, and because of the importance of maize in the diet and culture of Mexicans. The government ignored that

via Mexico: Hunger Strike Against GMO Corn | Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy.

read b4 u eat


Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

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  • Allergy Alert:C & H Meat Company (Vernon, CA) recalls Korean Brand BBQ Flavored Spicy Pork Butt (10-oz pkgs and bulk pkgs; Produced through Jan 16, 2013), Marinated Spicy Pork Butt (10-oz pkgs and bulk pkgs; Produced through Jan 16, 2013) and Korean Brand BBQ Flavored Spicy Boneless Chicken Leg Meat (10-oz pkgs and bulk pkgs; Produced through Jan 16, 2013), due to undeclared monosodium glutamate (MSG). The recalled products were distributed to retail establishments and restaurants in California.
  • Food Safety Recall:Knott’s Fine…

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With 90% of its Crop Pre-sold and a Land Lease Rate of $1 Per Year, a Vertical Farm Rises in Wyoming

A greenhouse that saved space and water, created jobs for local disabled people and provided food for the isolated Wyoming community seemed like a win-win.

Jackson Hole town council called for a project to fill a small lot next to the parking structure that supports the local theater. It was decided the vertical greenhouse idea was a great way to use idle space, provide jobs and create fresh local produce; a little more lettuce and a little less useless space if you will. They decided to lease the lot to Vertical Harvest for a measly green revolution supporting $1 per year. Then it was just a matter of finding the funds and creating the design that would turn a 30 x 150 feet lot into 23 acres of vertical farmland.

via With 90% of its Crop Pre-sold and a Land Lease Rate of $1 Per Year, a Vertical Farm Rises in Wyoming.

Safe Seed Resource List

Safe Seed Resource List.

The companies listed below have signed the Safe Seed Pledge for 2012. We encourage you 
to support them in their efforts to preserve the integrity of our seed supply. 


If you would like to support the Safe Seed Initiative, you can make tax-deductible donations 
to the Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG)by visiting our donation page

The Council for Responsible Genetics was  founded in 1983, and is comprised of scientists, lawyers, public health advocates and citizens concerned about the social, ethical and environmental impact of new genetic 


Mali image(Photo, the Atlantic)

Initially published in the Daily News Egypt.

The history of Mali is heartbreaking to read. The land that had once been a prosperous empire and one of Africa’s most stable democracies has fallen victim to locusts, hunger, and rebellion.

The year 2012 was a turning point in the history of this unfortunate nation; a military coup in March 2012 has led to the fall of the nation’s democratically elected government at the hands of a group of disgruntled junior soldiers. This event ultimately destroyed the military’s command-and-control structure and created a void of power that was filled by rebel groups.

Several rebel groups in Mali have a long, complex history. The recent crisis is mainly triggered by radical, Islamist groups, including Ansar Dine, the Al-Qaeda organization in the Islamic Maghreb AQIM, and Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO).

In July 2012, this coalition succeeded in controlling all…

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Berlin protest slams industrialized farming | News | DW.DE | 19.01.2013

Advocates of ecological, small-scale farming at their rally in Berlin on Saturday carried banners declaring themselves “fed up,” while German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner hosted 80 politicians with agriculture-related portfolios at an international summit on the trade fair site.

Hubert Weiger, the head of BUND, the German branch of Friends of the Earth, told an estimated 25,000 people at the protest rally near the chancellery that the “Green Week” exhibition – just kilometers away – amounted to consumer deception.

“The pleasant appearance of the trade fair displays hides million-fold suffering of animals, an exorbitant usage of antibiotics for fattening animals, and an enormous environmental strain from mass livestock production,” said Weiger.

He demanded that the German government provide incentives for dwindling family-size farms instead of “farm factories” that, he said, failed to focus on the welfare of animals, farmers and the environment.

Protestors also highlighted the impact of “price dumping” on the world’s small-scale farmers and recent trends such as dramatic declines in bee populations.

via Berlin protest slams industrialized farming | News | DW.DE | 19.01.2013.

The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) / How It All Began: Pre-1979 Origins of Afghanistan’s Conflict

One important dimension of the conflict, however, has often been ignored: the domestic factors that had undermined Afghanistan’s internal stability of 40 years, between Muhammad Zaher Shah’s accession to power in 1933 and Sardar (Prince) Muhammad Daud’s coup d’état on 17 July 1973. Daud’s coup set an example, leading to a succession of violent power changes which, in turn, drew the Soviet Union into the conflict and triggered its military intervention six years later.

via The Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) / How It All Began: Pre-1979 Origins of Afghanistan’s Conflict.

Dengue and cholera – we can protect ourselves better by living with nature and taking care of our communities properly

Through the Eye of the Needle

When I was a child, I heard my grandmother talk about the hard times of cholera, and of how her family had escaped from this terrible disease. That was all I knew of this plaque, pure history.

And it turns out that now, in the 21st century, in “my beloved planet”, that terrible word is mentioned again. After those stories told by his grandmother María, I again heard about this pandemic when I enjoyed reading the famous novel by García Márquez: Love in the Time of Cholera, passionately losing myself in his unforgettable character Florentino Ariza.

I was surprised, it’s true, that for so many years we had weathered the danger of such a plague, because our beloved island is increasingly sinking into more precarious hygienic conditions die to the apathy and neglect in all sectors, in all social spheres. Thanks to our relentless sun, we have survived some…

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