The Rising Cost of Bones, 3 Chemicals to Watch, and More Food News

April 10, 2017
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Did you just pay more for soup bones? Blame hipsters.
“Bone broth — even made from grass-fed meats — was relatively inexpensive to produce due to the low price of bones. That's not the case any longer. Just three years ago, it wasn't worth it for Katherine Johnson of Virginia's Dragonfly Farms to get her bones back from the butcher. ‘They didn't sell,’ she explained. Then the calls started coming in. People and restaurants wanted bones. Now she's charging $2 per pound.” – NPR’s The Salt

Seaweed: from Superfood to Superconductor
New research will be presented at a meeting of The American Chemical Society: “Seaweed, the edible algae with a long history in some Asian cuisines, and which has also become part of the Western foodie culture, could turn out to be an essential ingredient in another trend: the development of more sustainable ways to power our devices. Researchers have made a seaweed-derived material to help boost the performance of superconductors, lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells.” – American Chemical Society

Neonicotinoids found in Iowa drinking water
“There is a boatload of research that indicates neonicotinoids are horribly toxic to bees and are correlated with decreases in environmental diversity. But its toxicity to humans is not well-understood. In-depth reviews say things like “more studies are needed to fully understand their effects on human health.” The EPA doesn’t even have regulations on neonicotinoid concentration in drinking water; their explanation is that it’s too new and too under-studied.” – ModernFarmer

Chlorpyrifos, a known neurotoxin, can still be used as a pesticide
“The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reneged on a proposed ban of the brain-damaging pesticide, chlorpyrifos. Obama’s EPA had proposed the ban in 2015, the result of a decade-long effort by public interest groups to protect American children from the neurotoxic insecticide. The Trump administration’s decision to approve continued use of this known toxin comes shortly before a court-ordered deadline for EPA to take final action by March 31st. Dow AgroSciences, the company that manufactures chlorpyrifos, moved aggressively to get the ban proposal lifted by exploiting the new administration’s hostility to science and EPA regulations that protect public health and the environment.” – The Center for Food Safety

USDA cancels glyphosate testing in corn syrup
“The agency spent the last year coordinating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in preparation to start testing samples of corn syrup for glyphosate residues on April 1, according to internal agency documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. Documents show that at least since January 2016 into January of this year, the glyphosate testing plan was moving forward. But when asked about the plan this week, a USDA spokesman said no glyphosate residue testing would be done at all by USDA this year.” – EcoWatch

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