Friday, May 11


Congrats to PCRM for finally getting the fraudulent "weight-loss" ads promulgated by the dairy industry shut down - oops, I mean, for getting the NDC to end the campaign completely unrelated to PCRM's FTC complaint. Heh. Now, about that "strong bones" claim...

Tuesday, May 8


Short answer: Nope. Sure don't.

Longer answer: Nope. Sure don't, sorry, all you wingnuts grasping at anything to perpetuate your state of denial. It's still livestock all the way.

A previous study in Natue had made the dubious claim that plants were a significant source of atmospheric methane, without nailing down how such a thing could be biologically possible. A newer, more rigorously controlled study found no significant emissions of methane even from large amounts of plants.

Yeah, but it's still true that a Hummer is greener than a Prius, right? Right???

Monday, May 7


Here we go again: Low Risk to Humans Seen in Animal Feed, declares the headline, and "It's safe to eat pork and chicken from animals whose feed was mixed with contaminated pet food that sickened or killed cats and dogs" is the lede. Uh huh. Would that be the same "low risk" as the "low risk" that the US would ever have a case of Mad Cow? Why not? It's the same agency stating that once again, suspect meat is "safe to eat."

The same agency that so embarrassingly and repeatedly botched BSE testing, losing samples, failing to run the right kinds of tests, "forgetting" to report positive results, now assures us that: "We literally found that the dilution is so minute, in fact in some cases you can't even test and find melamine any more in that product." Excuse me, sir, when you say "you can't even test and find" it, do you mean I couldn't... or actual competent scientists couldn't? Because I'm all too willing to believe you couldn't find it. You couldn't find freakin' BSE until it was absolutely unavoidable. So saying you can't find something isn't exactly the most encouraging endorsement.

UPDATE 5/8: David Goldstein at Huffington Post expands on this idea.