Last week, amid chaos over Syria and the ongoing budget fight in Washington, the General Accounting Office released a report about a project dear to the US Department of Agriculture: proposed new rules that would slash the number of federal inspectors that oversee poultry kill lines, and allow those lines to speed up.
While doing research for our cool new feature on heritage apples, we found this 100-year-old book—still the definitive resource for New England apple enthusiasts. It’s chock full of info and these gorgeous, gorgeous illustrations. We had to share! Especially after tracking down a physical copy in a small library tucked in a San Francisco warehouse.
A VISION OF POST-APOCALYPTIC CUISINE: A look forward in time, to the year 2034, when we have industrialized chicken to the point of inedible toxicity. At the hands of Magnus Nilsson, a Frankenchicken rises to feed the memories of the ruling class.
This video was co-produced by Chris Ying and his buddy Ira Chute of Dark Rye, Whole Foods’ online magazine. There’s a version of this “story” in Issue 6 of Lucky Peach. Maybe you want to subscribe to the magazine so you don’t miss out on important and useful reportage like this in the future.
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"The anus [is] this amazing thing that nobody appreciates. Here’s this ring of muscle with nerves that has to discriminate between solid, liquid, and gas, and let it out accordingly. He’s like, “No engineer could design something as multifunctional and fine-tuned as an anus. To call someone an asshole is really bragging him up.” That was the moment I thought, “Oh yeah, this could be an interesting book."
Over some beers and grilled cheese, we talked to author Mary Roach about indelicate things such as rectal smuggling (three phones at a time!?!), fake poop, and chewing diets. Intrigued? Disgusted? Check out her new book, Gulp!
What’s it like inside a factory farm? If the livestock and meat industries have their way, what little view we have inside the walls of these animal-reviewing facilities may soon be obscured. For the second year in a row, the industry is backing bills in various statehouses that would criminalize undercover investigations of livestock farms.
Because, you know, there’s nothing shady about criminalizing undercover investigations. It doesn’t seem like factory farmers have anything to hide at all! [/sarcasm]
*If you click through to the Mother Jones story and watch the video included in their post, be forewarned that it’s pretty disturbing. I won’t be eating eggs or any chicken products for a minute.
Yes, our stories on the ag industry do tend to have that effect. (See also: This.)
But in the event that we haven’t totally discouraged you from eating meat, we do have a pretty killer wine-braised short ribs recipe. It’s the least we can do.