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U.S. representative wants review of lab meat, cell-cultured food


Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, sent the below letter regarding so-called lab meat and other cell-cultured foods to Gene Dodaro, comptroller general of the United States, on March 28. Dear Mr. Dodaro: I am writing to request that GAO investigate what regulatory framework, if any, exists for cell-cultured food products and how this framework… Continue Reading

The Cull Cow Quandry


Some of the most disgusting images of modern agriculture being presented to the American public are those of old cull cows being inhumanely treated and mishandled by workers in the slaughter house pens. The Humane Society of the United States, PETA and other organizations that want us to stop slaughtering animals for human consumption keep… Continue Reading

Wisconsin Raw Milk Case Could Affect Buyer ‘Clubs’

If a Wisconsin raw-milk seller is convicted of the misdemeanor charges against him, it could have a “chilling effect” on dairy buying clubs or cow-share schemes, according to a commentary on the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund website. Vernon Hershberger of Loganville, WI, who leases his cows to a “food buyers club,” has been charged with… Continue Reading

Dairy Industry Making a Killing, by Killing Cows?

Lawsuit alleges massive price-fixing scheme


If you think you’re paying too much for a gallon of milk these days, it could be the result of an elaborate price-fixing scheme, according to a recent class action that charges the dairy industry with federal antitrust violations, among other claims. The case was instigated by the animal advocacy organization Compassion Over Killing whose… Continue Reading

Drug Residue Tests Trip Up Four Dairies

Dairy farms in Kentucky, California, Kansas, and New Mexico are among latest to run afoul of federal regulations limiting antibiotic residues in cattle sold for slaughter as human food. Each got into trouble the same way:  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came around to inspect the dairy operation and FDA inspectors looked at… Continue Reading

Antibiotic Drug Warning to Dairies in Three States

Warning letters on March 25, March 28, and April 6 put dairy farms in California, Idaho and Wisconsin on notice about misuse of animal antibiotics.    In each case, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it turned to the testing USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service does on animal tissues after slaughter to… Continue Reading