July 7, 1996 |
Many years after he wrote his best-selling novel "The Jungle," social reformer Upton Sinclair observed: "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach." The blow to the public's stomach was so acute in 1906 that Congress enacted its first pure-food laws and meat inspection system.
July 11, 1991 |
Author Upton Sinclair's former home, damaged by the Sierra Madre earthquake, is in danger of demolition, say Monrovia officials who want to preserve it. The Myrtle Avenue home where the late writer lived from 1941 to 1962 was knocked off its foundation by the 5.8 earthquake that rocked the San Gabriel Valley almost two weeks ago. Community Development Director Don Hopper said owner Steve Hastings came to City Hall and talked to officials about tearing down the home.
July 6, 1995 |
On the dusty road in the vacant parking lot of a cattle auction yard here, a lone cow is crying. "She's been dumped," shouts Lorri Bauston, who with husband Gene has come to inspect conditions at the yard. The animal activist couple jump out of the truck and rush over to the animal to offer water and comfort. Because of the Downed Animal Protection Act, the California state law that the Baustons championed, they can do something--instead of watching helplessly.
June 19, 1996 |
An investigation of cattle purchases by the nation's top four meatpackers last year found no evidence of price-fixing or that their control of the slaughter market depressed prices, the Agriculture Department said Tuesday. The investigation, which focused on Kansas, concluded that market forces caused prices to fall sharply last spring. A 10-year low in cattle prices has led ranchers to blame the top four meatpackers, which buy and slaughter more than 80% of all cattle.
May 1, 2008
Just when everyone is fretting over the price of food, the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production released a report that outlines the ways in which factory farming exacts an additional toll on both the Earth and the consumer. The pollution of streams and groundwater and the greenhouse gases produced by animal waste entail actual dollar costs borne largely by taxpayers, as well as more intrinsic concerns about human health, environmental damage and animal well-being. The good news is that, among the trends laid out in the report, the most troubling is also among the most fixable: overuse of antibiotics in livestock, a major contributor to the creation of drug-resistant bacteria and thus a direct assault on human health.
September 20, 2008
Re "Thoreau's moose," Opinion, Sept. 14 Thank you, Paul Theroux, for reminding us of yet another salient difference between Republicans and Democrats -- the love of hunting as sport. I wonder, has Palin read my favorite of all Dr. Seuss books, "Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose," to her children, or is this one that she would-if-she-could have removed from the Wasilla library shelves? To think that the ability to "field-dress" a moose is evidence of ability to lead and worthy of cheers is mind-boggling.
February 18, 2004 |
Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat processor, must pay $1.28 billion to cattle ranchers, according to a federal jury verdict Tuesday that said the firm manipulated the cattle market and would have to change its buying practices. The ruling by the Montgomery, Ala., jury in the 8-year-old case could have a far-reaching effect on the $70-billion U.S. beef industry.
February 18, 2008 |
FIVE years ago I made the most difficult, painful decision of my life. I converted from a carnivore to a vegetarian. A bit of back story. I moved to L.A. in 1992 after growing up in Nebraska, where beef is sacrosanct. Enough Nebraskans are consumed with meat that gristle is classified as a vegetable. They eat pork rinds for dessert. To succumb to "mad cow" disease is considered a natural death. There's a steakhouse in Omaha that serves a 32-ounce noontime T-Bone. In pre-meal rituals, restaurant diners swallow enormous cheese- and lard-laden bovine hunks half their body weight and call them "appetizers.
June 28, 1988 |
House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.), who is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, Monday portrayed himself as a victim of a campaign of leaks and "poison arrows" by Reagan Administration officials. Wright, who frequently has denied charges that he used his influence to benefit himself and his friends, insisted that he "would not be under the pressure" of an internal House investigation if he had not challenged President Reagan's policy in Central America. " . . .
September 8, 1999 |
My day was made Tuesday, upon reading that San Diego is searching for its own city song. San Diego, city that never sleeps. San Diego, my kind of town. I left my heart in San Diego. No, wait. It was my wallet. San Diego continues to be one of the truly outstanding cities in the greater metropolitan Tijuana area. The town deserves a tune. San Diego is marvelous, too marvelous for words. Many of us believe San Diego to be every bit as special and song-worthy as Galveston, Kalamazoo and Gary, Ind.