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“A Baby May Die”

Published on: 17:53PM Mar 17, 2015

Doctors and scientists call her “scientifically illiterate.” No matter, the Food Babe’s new book landed on The New York Times bestseller list, which prompted The Times to publish a not-so-flattering profile. While America’s pretty snake oil saleswoman shrugs off the criticism, Australian chef Pete Evans is scrambling to salvage his reputation after publication of his book was halted because health experts warned “there’s a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead.” 

Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way, contains a DIY baby formula recipe that experts say “contains more than ten times the safe maximum daily intake of vitamin A for babies and inadequate levels of other nutrients.” One Australian mum tells Pete, “You have really pissed me off.”

Aussie COOL

Australia’s Federal Industry Minister says country of origin labeling is taking shape down under. The arguments for and against COOL are nearly identical to those in the U.S., and consumer research suggests country of origin is not a high priority for consumers. For meat shoppers, price, fat and appearance are most important.

Feedyard Losses Exceed $200

It was another ugly week for cattle feeders. Packers, too. Feedyard closeouts dropped $60 per head, leaving losses at $212 per head. Packer margins went from $4 in the black to $33 in the red. Beef cutout prices trended $2 per cwt. lower to $246.33.

No Right To Farm

People who raise chickens or other livestock in cities and suburban residential areas should not have the protection from nuisance lawsuits that Michigan grants to farmers in the countryside, says a report to the state's agricultural policymakers released Sunday. Backyard farming should continue to be regulated through local zoning ordinances, although the state should encourage the practice and develop guidelines on matters such as proper animal care, waste management and slaughter methods, said the document by the Urban Livestock Workgroup.