April 9, 2014 |
That extra slice of bacon is going to cost more than just your cholesterol. Prices for the crispy treat rose 13% in February from a year earlier to $5.46 a pound, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics , which looked at average prices in cities nationwide. Overall retail pork prices grew 7% in February from a year earlier to $3.73 a pound, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service . The rising costs could be linked to a rare disease called porcine epidemic diarrhea, which is killing millions of pre-weaned piglets across the country.
February 3, 2014 |
In the latest move in its animal welfare standards program, fast food company Wendy's International Inc. said it would require its pork suppliers to submit quarterly progress reports detailing their efforts to phase out controversial gestation crates. Confining breeding sows to the crates has been criticized as cruel, and dozens of food companies, including Wendy's, have said they would eliminate them from their supply chains. In an update on its website, Wendy's said it hopes to end the use of gestation crates in its supply chain by the end of 2022.
January 29, 2014 |
This weekend, in a spurt of reorganizing the freezer, I decided I really needed to use up the three pork shanks I'd picked up at Harvey's Guss Meat Co. in Los Angeles. Since I already had a jar of Kruegermann's sauerkraut (made in Silver Lake) and the day felt just a little bit like winter--well, wintry enough--I decided to make roasted pork shanks with sauerkraut from New York chef Kurt Gutenbrunner's cookbook “ Neue Cuisine: The Elegant Tastes of Vienna .” Two of us certainly couldn't eat three pork shanks ourselves, so I invited a few friends over at the last minute.
December 5, 2013 |
China already consumes half the world's pork. But to ensure it has a steady supply of hogs, it's struck a deal with Britain to import $73.5 million worth of premium pig semen. The agreement was brokered with the help of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who just completed a three-day visit to China. “We're doing all we can to ensure that businesses up and down the country reap the rewards from our relationship with China. And that includes our pig farmers,” said a statement from Cameron's office, according to the Financial Times . “This new deal to export pig semen will mean Britain's best pigs will help sustain the largest pig population in the world.” The pig semen, both frozen and fresh, will reportedly be flown in starting early next year.
October 23, 2013 |
The number 168 sounds a little like a phrase meaning "fortune forever" when you say it in Mandarin, which is why the San Gabriel Valley is littered with establishments named things like 168 Market and 168 Garden. In Old Town Pasadena, 168 is a fusion restaurant in the patio where Villa Sorriso used to be, which is to say it serves populist, if routine, takes on California rolls, gyoza , kurobuta ramen, miso cod and Thai fried rice, accompanied by imaginative, if watery, soju-based cocktails.
October 13, 2013 |
We Americans like to think of ourselves as animal lovers. But is this claim true? One way to answer this question is to follow the money. According to government, industry and interest group stats, we spend about $50 billion on our pets annually and donate another $6 billion to animal-related and environmental charities. This sounds like a lot until you compare it to the amount we collectively devote to killing members of other species: $72 billion on hunting and fishing, $60 billion on animal research and $240 billion on meat, poultry and seafood.