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Friday, January 7, 2011

Tyson Foods Visionary Dies.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Donald J. Tyson, who turned his father's Arkansas chicken business into one of the largest meat producers in the world, died yesterday. He was 80 years old. The New York Times has his obituary, featuring the story of Tyson Foods' massive growth under Mr. Tyson. He retired in 1994, but not before finding new ways to further process chicken, giving rise to the mass production of meat and the growth of convenience foods.

There are no Tyson products on the Power Plate. The Los Angeles Times reports that he Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit doctors' organization, is suing the USDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for violating "federal law by failing to respond to a PCRM petition offering a simple, plant-based alternative -- the Power Plate -- as an alternative to MyPyramid, the USDA's name for its food pyramid." The group's complaint focuses on MyPyramid's inclusion of meat and dairy, while failing to promote the vegan Power Plate.

Also in the Los Angeles Times, an investigation on the problems with organic wine. The problem lies in sulfites, which are used to preserve wine. Organic standards prevent the use of sulfites. The Times looks at two California wineries - Coturri Winery and Frey Vineyards - who are taking different approaches to making organic wine.

Slate doesn't indicate if there are organic standards for bugs, but they do explore what insects are best for snacking. Marinating softens the exoskeletons of grasshoppers while sealing in the juices, making them great on the grill. Stink bugs taste like apples. And avoid the pretty bugs; they're bitter.

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