reading this week

No, Fast Food Won’t Cure Obesity (Salon)
A piece ran in the Atlantic recently written by a man who claimed that the real key to public health is to get Big Food to start making their products healthier. The essay was so ridiculous, I won’t even link to it. But this is a well reasoned rebuttal. (Warning – super creepy photo of Ronald McDonald on the page.)

Breeding Bacteria on Factory Farms (NY Times)
A Mark Bittman piece on antibiotic resistant pathogens from factory farms. This is one of the myriad reasons we don’t eat meat from confined animal feeding operations. There is no reason any of us should be exposed to livestock-associated MRSA. 

How to Better Protect Farmers from Pesticides: Spanish (NPR)
We know how to use household chemicals safely by reading the label on the bottles. But how do you know how to protect yourself on the job when the labels aren’t in a language you understand? Many of our nation’s produce workers speak Spanish as their first language and aren’t able to understand warning labels on the pesticides they use in their work. 

Why CSPI is Wrong Not to Support Genetically Engineered Food Labeling (Center for Food Safety)
The Center for Science in the Public Interest is a well-known consumer advocacy organization, but it won’t support GMO labeling. This article explains why that’s a mistake.