FDA, dairy industry fight over testing for antibiotics in milk from farms that had repeatedly sold for slaughter cows tainted by drug residue; antibiotics overuse a question

By William Neuman

The New York Times 2011-01-26

288,000 eggs from Ohio farm recalled over salmonella fears in latest high-profile woe for nation's food-safety system

By P.J. Huffstutter

Los Angeles Times 2010-11-09

Opinion: With US slaughterhouses poised to kill more than 10 billion animals in 2011, concern grows over health, environmental woes of handling the inedible 60 percent of each cow

By James E. McWilliams

The Atlantic 2010-08-11

Land O'Lakes commends lawmakers who support deregulation of Monsanto's GM alfalfa

landolakesinc.com 2010-07-25

As FDA mulls antibiotic rules, ethanol industry frets over residue left in distillers grains, a lucrative byproduct of industry and major source of feed for beef, dairy cattle

By Philip Brasher

The Des Moines Register 2010-05-30

Citing symbiotic relationship of technology and dairy cow manure, researchers see waste-to-fuel systems for data transfer networks within two years

By Ashlee Vance

The New York Times 2010-05-19

Falling milk prices challenge dairy farmers in Europe, U.S.

European dairy farmers, angry over falling milk prices, pour milk on streets of Brussels, aim udder streams at police officers. And: New breeding technology that allows mostly female calves now adding tens of thousands to U.S. milking herds as milk prices tumble below production costs (click 'See also'). In attempt to raise milk prices, dairy industry group has paid farmers to send 230,000 cows to slaughter this year. Economists expect milk prices to recover gradually. Fertility institute is studying sex choice technique for use in people.

By Stephen Castle

The New York Times 2009-10-05

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Biotech milk hormone effort vetoed in Kansas

Kansas governor vetoes milk disclaimer labeling bill, citing overwhelming opposition by consumer groups, small producers, retailers who want to know which milk is from cows untreated with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBST). Kathleen Sibelius, Obama pick for HHS, also cites patchwork labeling requirements, state to state, that would cost too much.

By Beth Martino

Office of the Governor, Kansas 2009-04-23

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Testing 'organic' becomes feasible for milk

Researcher learns that organic milk in Germany has alpha-linolenic acid concentration above a certain percentage and carbon-isotope ratios below a certain level. Differences are based on feeding - pasture-derived for organic, or corn. And: Tofu, soybeans, canola, walnut and flaxseed, and their oils also contain alpha-linolenic acid (LNA), which can become omega-3 fatty acid in the body (click 'See also').

By Henry Fountain

The New York Times 2009-03-02

Cadbury wants dairy cows on low-emission diet

Candy maker looks to reduce cow belching through diet; milk production blamed for 60 percent of chocolate's carbon emissions. Average cow emits (through mostly belching) between 80-120 kilograms methane annually, equivalent to carbon emissions of family car. And: Improving grassland diversity can provide better bovine diet (click 'See also').

By David Adam

The Guardian (UK) 2009-02-17

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Raw controversy

Raw controversy

After North Carolina decides to dye raw milk gray to discourage human consumption, a legislator begins work on a bill that would halt the plan; new bill would follow one that would legalize dairy shares, which allow customers to buy part ownership in a milk-producing animal so they can have raw milk.

By Suzanne Nelson

The Independent Weekly (NC) 2007-10-31

Cheese changes:

From Alps to Vermont, climate changes, from unprecedented heat to new plants, force cheesemakers into adaptations that may change the taste, texture and quality of their products.

By Ketzel Levine

National Public Radio 2007-08-30

Organic parameters:

After farm advocacy group files two complaints against Aurora Dairy and USDA threatens to revoke its organic certification, company agrees to remove organic label from some milk and to add pasture for cows.

By Andrew Martin

The New York Times (may require subscription) 2007-08-30


New interactive map allows users to tract proliferation of factory farms by state and county - even number of animals - and it raises questions of whether we pursue the logic of industrialism to its limits, and how badly will it harm the landscape, the people who live in it and democracy itself?

The editors

The New York Times (may require subscription)

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Supplement setback:

Cargill's attempt to add Regenasure, a vegetarian version of shellfish-derived glucosamine, to European list of food products for addition in mostly beverages and fermented milk products, hits snag with questions of safety for diabetics.

By Alex McNally


Opinion: Proud of rBST:

Despite activists' efforts to bamboozle public, price-conscious customers appear happy buying milk containing synthetic hormone, and squeezing more milk from cows via drugs saves natural resources, reduces corn prices, greenhouse gas emissions and manure production; in a more rational world, customers would choose milk so labeled.

By Henry I. Miller

The New York Times (may require subscription) 2007-06-29