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So far not even one ounce of clean meat — real meat grown from animal cells rather than animal slaughter — has been sold in the United States, yet the U.S. Department of Agriculture is already getting an earful about the future food.

It’s perhaps not surprising that some in the conventional animal agriculture industry

During my one-quarter century sabbatical from journalism, I was side-tracked for about five years with Seattle’s economic development organization.   Among my responsibilities was spending money on research.

I got to hire some really smart people. I was mostly interested in why companies move.   The smart people found that the most reliable predictor for where a…

The disgusting truth about industrial egg production is “it stinks”.  Sanitation in such environments stretches the imagination when you think of a million birds trapped in cages in huge shed-type structures called  “laying houses” and the tons of fecal material produced daily.

While a high degree of cleanliness may be impractical in an industrial egg…

The end of May means it’s nearly time for America’s favorite food lovers’ tradition: visiting your local farmers market. In addition to all the invigorating colors, exquisite aromas, strong flavors, and spirit of community, the farmers market is also an opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with the people who produce your food! Their passion for

One month after leaving FDA, I was asked to advise a company that was about to undergo a food recall for the first time.   

In my tenure at the Food and Drug Administration, leading communications for the foods program, I was usually involved in recalls tied to major outbreaks or to complex, potentially high-risk food…

Editor’s note: This is 2018 winner of the “Publisher’s Award” for essays written as part of a food safety litigation class at the University of Arkansas Law School. The course is taught by Bill Marler and Denis Stearns of the Seattle law firm MarlerClark LLP.


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