Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Circle of Food Leftovers: chocolate, Agent Orange, salmonella, chicken jerky

homemade chocolate lollipops
homemade chocolate lollipops (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a few leftovers of what I saw around the web this past week:

Good news for chocolate lovers
A recent study showed that frequent chocolate consumption was associated with lower body mass index (BMI), even when adjusting for calorie intake, saturated fat intake, and mood. Chocolate seems to have many benefits. So glad the study was about chocolate and not Brussel sprouts.

Bad news: Agent Orange corn
As if our foods don’t have enough pesticides and toxins. Dow Chemical is petitioning the USDA to approve a new GMO Agent Orange corn to tolerate 2,4-D, a main chemical component of the Vietnam era defoliant linked to birth defects, cancer, and hormone disruption. Tell the USDA not to cave to big corporations!

Bad news: Tainted tuna
The salmonella outbreak continues to grow in 20 states with more than 160 people affected from tainted tuna used for sushi. For every one person who has a confirmed case of salmonella, 38.6 people do not report or do not get tested. That means 6,176 people were also ill.

Canine news: Chicken jerky lawsuits
Because the FDA cannot find the contaminant that has allegedly killed hundreds of dogs who ate chicken jerky treats made in China but distributed in the U.S., there has been no recall and next to no media attention. Nevertheless, there is a class action suit against Waggin’ Train, Nestle-Purina, and Wal-Mart.

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