The Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania is doing some really interesting research — and they have a really excellent couple of blogs. I highly recommend you subscribe to these feeds. Especially the “Global Warming News and Research.” It will pretty much keep you up to date — and help me resist the temptation to re-post *all* of their articles here.
I just had to pass along this post at The Ethicurean about Milk Protein Concentrates (MPCs) and their effect on the US dairy industry. It’s worth a read, but I’ll cut right to the really scary part:
Perhaps because of MPCs’ sketchy origins, they have never been approved as a food ingredient by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (They are, however, a common ingredient in some brands of glue.) The FDA has a list of additives it allows in processed food – the GRAS list, for Generally Recognized as Safe – and MPCs ain’t on it. That means the FDA hasn’t carried out safety tests on MPCs, as the law requires for any additive on the GRAS list.
I was therefore surprised to learn that MPCs are widely used in dairy products manufactured and sold in the United States. Kraft Singles have them, as did most other brands of processed cheese slices that I checked in the grocery store last night. Some snack foods, coffee creamers, candies, and nutritional drinks have them. They’re not approved by the FDA as a food ingredient, but they’re in a whole lot of food.
Yeeeeah. And we wonder why we end up with food scares and recalls. Pay attention to where your food comes from, kids.
If you, like me, have enjoyed watching Sarah Palin squirm when confronted with ‘gotcha’ questions, or were amused by McCain’s obvious discomfort at various moments in the debates, then you have experienced the strange happiness known as schadenfreude. Fortunately, you can indulge your terrible morals with a terribly delicious pie – schadenfreude pie.
Karen shared an intriguing challenge from the Very Good Taste blog called The Omnivore’s Hundred. It’s one of those list-things-you’ve-done quizzes, but based on a fascinating list of possible foodstuffs. The rules:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
My list is after the jump. If you’re wondering about any of the items, the original article has links to more information. The comments there also have lots of other people’s lists.