FDA Asleep on the Job? New Study Has Harsh Criticism for How Agency Determined that Gulf Seafood was Safe

You could almost hear the collective Whew! from the Gulf of Mexico fishing industry (and lovers of oyster po’ boys, blackened redfish, and shrimp jambalaya) this spring when Donald Kraemer, Deputy Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, proclaimed: “We’re very confident that the steps that we […]

Is Gulf of Mexico Seafood Safe to Eat?

More than a year after last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a nagging question lingers: Is it safe to eat seafood from the Gulf of Mexico? At the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s annual Cooking for Solutions Sustainable Seafood Institute last week, marine scientists, experts from environmental groups, and members of the fishingcommunity—who rarely agree on anything—answered […]

Despite Troubling Signs about the Gulf of Mexico’s Health, Obama Administration Says, “Drill, Baby, Drill.”

I have come to the conclusion that there must be two Gulfs of Mexico, one that oil tycoons and their new buddies within the Obama administration see, and another scientists and fishermen who rely on the Gulf for their livelihoods confront. Last week, came the upbeat news from Bloomberg that the federal government had granted […]

Newsbites: Schwarzenegger Vetoes Bill that Would Have Given California Farm Workers Overtime Pay; Herbicide Resistant Superweeds are on Their Way to a Farm Near You–Soon; Open Season at Last in Part of the Gulf; Endangered British Columbia Sockeye Get Certified as Sustainable–How Can That Be?

  Jim Crow is Alive and Well in California SB 1121 was hardly a radical-sounding piece of legislation. Among other things, it would have given California’s 700,000 farm workers the right to take one day off out of every seven. Hourly paid agricultural employees would have received overtime pay after eight hours per day or […]