How can you know the meat you're buying came from animals raised humanely? Organic producers want to answer that question, but conventional farmers are charging that proposed standards amount to unfair government backing of the organic industry.
Nearly all U.S. hops, which along with water, malt and yeast, comprise the base ingredients in beer, is grown in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Farmers and researchers in the Midwest, though, say the region could be ripe for a local hops explosion.
One of the smallest states in the country is sending shock waves through the food system and farm country. On July 1, a controversial law goes into effect in Vermont that requires special labels on foods that contain genetically-modified ingredients. Because the U.S. Congress couldn’t agree on a plan, Vermont’s law becomes the de-facto national standard. At least, for now.
Dangerous Jobs, Cheap Meat part 3: Federal regulators and meat companies agree more must be done to make slaughterhouses safer, and while there are signs the industry is stepping up its efforts, danger remains.
Dangerous Jobs, Cheap Meat part 2: The workers that bring us cheap meat slaughter and process hundreds of animals an hour, forced to work at high speeds in cold conditions, doing thousands of the same repetitions over and over. Their jobs often leave them with a lifetime of pain.