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Bugs & Drugs in Pork: Yersinia and Ractopamine

Consumer Reports recently released a study in which they analyzed U.S. retail pork and found trace levels of an adrenaline-like drug called ractopamine in about 20 percent of the samples and a foodbor…

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There Will Be NO Bacon Shortage

Considering the rampant enthusiasm for all things bacon over the last 5 years, it is not surprising that the bacon-loving populace would go into a collective panic when hit with the news of an impendi…

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Not-So-Local Meat

Last month I was witness to an illegal pig slaughter. I should probably clarify this statement on all fronts. This slaughter (or “harvest” as people who raise livestock like to call it) was not done i…

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Even McDonald’s Says Hog Crates Are Inhumane

By Margaret Badore for DietsInReview.com This week, McDonald's stated that they will be requiring all U.S. pork suppliers to stop using hog crates and gestation stalls. These crates are cages that …

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Pork Tapeworms in the Brain

A pair of new studies underscore the U.S. public health threat of neurocysticercosis—quite literally having pork tapeworm larvae curled up inside one's brain—now the most common cause of adult-onset e…

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MRSA Superbugs in U.S. Retail Meat

MRSA, methicillin resistant Staph aureus, now kills more Americans every year than AIDS, and it's invaded our meat supply. Last week, the largest survey of U.S. retail meat was published and found the…

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Are Hot Dogs as Bad as Cigarettes?

By Michael d'Estries, Mother Nature Network We all know the damage that cigarettes can cause to our health, but should hot dogs be given the same cold shoulder? According to the Physicians Committ…

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Did Americans Always Love Hot Dogs? Not Really

"I devoured hot-dogs in Baltimore 'way back in 1886, and they were then very far from newfangled....They contained precisely the same rubber, indigestible pseudo-sausages that millions of Americans no…

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Why is There Bacon in Flippin’ Everything?

About 20 years ago, my then girlfriend had just returned from her grandmother's house holding two paper shopping bags full of department store Christmas gifts. She pulled out a few dozen clothing and …

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Aphrodisiac Foods: Is Pork the New Viagra?

People love food, and what people love more than food is food that makes them love (or at least feel like loving). Around this time of year, with Valentine's Day closing in, predictably people start l…

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