SHORT TAKES: Grapefruit Alert

 A bewildered e-mail from the owner of a prolific grapefruit tree asking us for recipes and other uses for his overabundant crop, is prompting this reminder of the potential health hazards posed by this otherwise … Read More

Organics–What’s So Special?

by Dina Eliash Robinson Who knew that going from ‘farming’ to ‘agribusiness’ would end up poisoning consumers and polluting the environment? A perfect case of good intentions paving the road to… well, you know… Because … Read More

SHORT TAKES: Toxic Pine Nuts From China

Consider yourself lucky if a nasty taste is all that you have suffered after eating pesto, salad or other foods containing pine nuts. At least you’re not alone. Thousands of consumers in the U.S., Europe and … Read More

Safe & Tasty Choices in Fish & Seafood

By Catharine L. Kaufman—a.k.a. The Kitchen Shrink When I was pregnant, the local fishmonger refused to sell me swordfish, explaining that this humungous, bottom feeding creature was loaded with mercury and PCBs. My subsequent research … Read More

Swine Flu By Any Other Name…

Can’t blame the hog industry for being up in arms about labeling the new virus “swine flu.” The Obama administration, determined to rev up the economy, responded to hog farmers’ concerns by switching to the … Read More

Peanut Alert

By Dina Eliash Robinson The outbreak of salmonella typhimurium at the Blakely, Ga.-based Peanut Corporation of America in mid-2008 either completely slipped by the private inspector hired and paid by the company to check the … Read More

Beef Industry Exposée: Slaughterhouse Blues

By Dina Eliash Robinson Scary Video —- Earlier this year, an undercover video shot by members of the Humane Society of the United States revealed that Hallmark/Westland Meat Co. of Chino, California—a major meat processor—was … Read More