“Meat Eater’s Guide”
On Monday the Environmental Working Group released their version of a life cycle assessment for meat production and consumption. From what I know, this is the first attempt to to model the entire meat system instead of only modeling livestock production. That effort deserves some applause. But hold on … you really need to read the document. Continue reading
slaughter c.1300, “killing of a cattle or sheep for food, killing of a person,” from O.N. *slahtr, akin to slatr “a butchering, butcher meat,” slatra “to slaughter,” and slattr “a mowing;” related to sla “to strike” (see slay), from P.Gmc. *slukhtis. Meaning “killing of a large number of persons in battle” is attested from mid-14c. The verb is from 1530s. (Source: etymonline.com) Continue reading
What is pH?
Regarding many of the food safety interventions practiced by many meat processors, a pH fluctuation is often used to to kill bacteria. Just what is pH and how does it impact various foods? In the technical sense, this is pH: Continue reading
Novel Beef Safety Intervention in the Spotlight
Yesterday morning a reader forwarded me a video released by Beef Products, Inc. (BPI), highlighting an announcement that the company is going to start testing all of their product for non-O157 STEC’s before releasing it into commerce. If you remember, BPI is the South Dakota-based company whose lean beef recovery process came under fire in early 2010. It was the subject of a New York Times article in which the headline questioned the product’s safety.
After all, it was a garden party
I recently attended a Saturday luncheon party in Manhattan’s Upper West Side — it was a very unlikely and, needless to say, very diverse group of people hosted by my friend Jeff Stier (he writes at jeffstier.org). Excellent food and fantastic conversation! Continue reading
Everybody has their food safety opinions, myself included
Whether one is professionally representing some agricultural industry segment or one’s farming or ranching operation, it seems that nowadays everybody is a food safety expert. It does not matter whether you have farmed all of your life or are new to farming, studied finance or history or underwater basketweaving, somehow — as if by magic — you are qualified to provide expert commentary on nearly anything related to food safety. Continue reading
It has been reported by various agencies that the Obama Administration intends to do away with the long-standing Food Pyramid (later dubbed “My Pyramid”) and announce its replacement this Thursday, a circular pie chart-looking thingamabobber. Continue reading