News digest 25.9.15

Subjects: News digest

McDonald’s investors are demanding a change to the company’s food
McDonald’s investors want the burger chain to remove antibiotics from all of its meat.

Danish study links human MRSA to pig farm proximity
Scientists in Denmark have produced new evidence that a strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been spreading first from pigs to farm workers and then into the wider community.

Michael Pollan’s plate is full – of food insights
If there is one food activist among the many who has done the most to educate the public about how its sustenance is sourced and processed, it’s author, journalist and essayist Michael Pollan. He’s the guy who scared us silly in the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Food, Inc.” (2008), as he calmly explained how factory farming dominates the American food chain, and why we have become culinarily and spiritually diminished because of it.

Up 72 Percent From Just Six Years Ago, US Organic Farm Sales Soar
Americans are increasingly hungry for naturally-grown and healthier foods and, according to a new USDA statistics, sales of the organic farms in the U.S. skyrocketed in 2014 with consumer spending up 72 percent since 2008.

Plans for Newtownabbey mega pig farm to be scaled back after outcry from green groups and celebrities
Controversial proposals to build the UK’s largest pig farm on the outskirts of Belfast are to be cut back. The farmer behind the plans said he intended to reduce the number of pigs from the original estimate of 30,000, but he could not reveal by how much just yet.

New pig flu strain may be going undetected on farms
Scientists have discovered the standard surveillance test for flu in livestock is ineffective for strains of H3N8 in pigs, meaning cases of the illness may be going undetected on farms.

Recycling food waste from the town’s schools helps feed the pigs at Pascoag farm
CUMBERLAND – Looking to lighten the load of garbage Cumberland deposits at the Central Landfill, officials are focusing on the town’s single biggest contributor: school kids scraping food off their plates every day after lunch.

Industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history
The fate of industrially farmed animals is one of the most pressing ethical questions of our time. Tens of billions of sentient beings, each with complex sensations and emotions, live and die on a production line.