To Fill Food Safety Gap, Processors Pay Inspectors
from The New York Times
Clipboard in hand, Debra Anderson spent three hours one recent sunny morning trooping through a field of romaine lettuce looking for trouble. She searched for animal tracks at the Church Brothers field, watched picking crews wash their hands and sampled rinse water to make sure it had enough chlorine to kill germs. Though she is a California state employee, Ms. Anderson was working on behalf of the food industry, part of the latest experiment in improving safety. With huge losses from food-poisoning recalls and little oversight from the federal Food and Drug Administration, some sectors of the food industry are cobbling together their own form of regulation in an attempt to reassure consumers.
Changing Food Industry Can Help Fix Other Problems
from Richmond Times-Dispatch
President Barack Obama will need to confront the nation's food issues sooner or later because they are key to solving three major problems in the nation -- energy independence, the health crisis and climate change, author Michael Pollan said at last night's Richmond Forum. Agriculture and modern processing use 20 percent of the total fossil fuel consumed in the nation and produce more greenhouse gas than any other industry, Pollan told an audience at the Landmark Theater.
Raw Milk Draws Fans, Despite Being Illegal to Sell
from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Some people drive a long way for a gallon of raw milk at Wayne Craig's farm in New Holstein, Wis. It's one of a dozen or so dairy farms in the state openly providing unpasteurized milk to the public - a practice that regulators say is illegal and unsafe because the milk can carry pathogens capable of making someone very ill or even killing them.
High-end Coffee Business Slows During Recession
The high-end specialty coffee industry isn't immune to the effects of a recession, but many companies are still doing well. Portland Roasting had a slow holiday season, but business is picking up, said owner Mark Stell. "February was a great month for us," he said. Stell traveled from Oregon to Atlanta, Georgia, for the Specialty Coffee Association of America expo, where the show floor was filled with nearly 800 booths featuring everything from exotic coffee beans to the latest Italian espresso machines.
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For Small Biz, Is there an 'Us' in Stimulus?
Geoff Chapin, CEO of green remodeling company Next Step Living, is ready to do his part for our flailing economy. He believes that federal stimulus funds, which include $5 billion for weatherization projects, will trickle down to his Boston-based startup. "We plan to hire up to 120 people in the next 18 months," he told Fortune Small Business. But small business advocates worry: Will entrepreneurs like Chapin really nab their share of lucrative government contracts?
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Stimulus Money Flows to Reduce Diesel Emissions, Prop Up Water Infrastructure
More stimulus funds are flowing to states to help them reduce emissions from diesel engines and prop up their aging water infrastructures. Some $6 billion in funds from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will be distributed to states to strengthen water quality and wastewater and drinking water infrastructure. Meanwhile, another $88.2 million divided evenly and released to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to help reduce emissions from diesel engines.