Articles from February 2010



A Sunshine-State Attraction with a Big Difference: The Florida Modern-Day Slavery Museum

With faux jungles full of parrots, pods of under-water-ballet-performing mermaids, and parks cashing in on every conceivable theme, it would seem that the last thing Florida needs is yet another “attraction.” But if you’re in the Sunshine State during the next six weeks, I strongly urge you to visit the new Florida Modern-Day Slavery Museum. […]

New Research Reveals Why Factory Farms Have Become Superbug Factories–and Why Worse is yet to Come

Along with their usual rations of grain and prepared feed, factory-farmed hogs and chickens in the United States also dine on a steady diet of antibiotics. The animals are given the drugs, not to prevent or cure illness, but simply because low-level doses of antibiotics stimulate them to grow faster than untreated animals. This may […]

It’s Good News Week: Score One for Atlantic Bluefin, Organic Milk Producers (and Consumers), and Red Snappers (yummmmm!)

Writing articles about food and sustainability is a hard job for a naturally chipper fellow. Happy endings are, sadly, few and far between. But in the last week or so, some very good news indeed has broken in relation to a couple of recent posts on this site. Let’s take a moment to celebrate. 1. […]

Just-Released Documentary: View the Side of Salmon Aquaculture the Industry Does not Want You to See

For years I’ve followed reports about the environmental downside of open-water salmon farms, which is to say virtually all salmon farms. My conclusion is that it is one of the most environmentally destructive ways we produce food. A salmon farm is nothing more than a vast, floating feedlot, except feedlots, at least nominally, have to […]

Why Does Conde Nast Want Me to Stop Posting My Own Articles on My Own Blog?

Last Friday, Politics of the Plate received the following email from the legal department of Condé Nast Publications, the company that recently shut down Gourmet magazine, where I was an independent contractor for a number of years. The email concerns a half-dozen articles linked to at the bottom of the left-hand column of this site. […]

Chemical Warfare in the Cornfields as the EPA Reconsiders the Controversial Herbicide, Atrazine

Since 2004, the European Union has effectively banned the use of the herbicide atrazine, which, in some studies, has been linked to cancer, low-sperm counts, insulin resistance and birth defects. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it’s perfectly OK for Americans to bathe in the stuff—literally. Applied to the nation’s fields at a […]

Marine Stewardship Council Loses Its Luster

  Long regarded as the gold-standard for eco-certification of sustainable fisheries around the world, the London-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has begun to lose some of its glitter, in the eyes of many of the scientists and environmentalists meeting in Paris this week at the Seafood Choice’s Alliance’s annual Seafood Summit. The flashpoint is the […]

“An International Disgrace” Tuna Commission is Mismanaging Atlantic Albacore into Extinction

Atlantic albacore tuna have long paddled in the shadow of their bigger, more expensive, and more endangered cousins, Atlantic bluefin tuna. Now, “the forgotten tuna” is finally getting some respect, but for all the wrong reasons. Speaking at the Seafood Choices Alliance’s Seafood Summit in Paris last weekend, Phil Kline, Senior Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace said, […]