The WTF Food News for June 2011

Posted on Jun 13 2011 - 2:56am by Mike Lieberman

I am gonna start to write a new monthly post and call it the “WTF Food News.” In the post I’ll highlight some food stories from the previous weeks that make you tilt your head, curl your brow, lift your shoulders and make that face like you thought you had to fart, but something else came out.

So here is the first installment:

Care2: Is China Manufacturing Plastic Rice?
This article is citing a source that was in Korean, but the sad part is that it isn’t out of the realm of being completely viable. If it’s cheaper to produce and people will buy it, why not produce it? It’s only available in one small town or village, but that doesn’t mean it won’t spread beyond that.

What is up with China and producing toxic stuff, there was the toys that had toxic lead in them, now plastic rice. What could possibly be next?

Business Insider: China Genetically Modifies Cows To Produce Human Breast Milk
Pretty smooth segue, huh? Not sure the point of, who would consume and why one would even do this, but some Chinese farmers think it’s a good idea. FDA admits supermarket chickens test positive for arsenic
I don’t know of anyone that would willingly ingest arsenic. If the FDA is admitting to there being some levels in supermarket chicken, then the problem must be bad.

Huffington Post: Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World’s Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds
Sadly enough this story doesn’t surprise me too much – the fact that Round-Up causes birth defects and the fact that regulators knew.

These stories have definitely made me think WTF is going on with our food? These are the reasons that you should start to grow some of your own food and source it locally from farmers markets or CSAs.

What WTF food stories have you seen lately?


20 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Anonymous June 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm -

    I think the article is about plastic bows of rice….

  2. Pogo199 June 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm -

    Do you mean plastic bows for hair?

  3. Mike Lieberman June 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm -


  4. Spirit Horse Herbals June 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm -

     WTF is RIGHT!!! Sweet idea!

  5. Mike Lieberman June 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm -

    Hahha. Thanks.

  6. Greyinthedark June 14, 2011 at 12:30 am -

    W.O.W. hope there is more to come. These are things we should all be aware of.

  7. Lori Alper June 14, 2011 at 2:18 am -

    Great round-up Mike. Somehow I missed the plastic rice story. Seriously? How could that be?? Looking forward to more….

  8. Elizabeth June 14, 2011 at 2:22 am -

    All the stories are scary.  Saw all but the plastic rice on GRIST, I think.  There was a show on TV about the garbage situation in China and how they are inundated and there are just huge dumps everywhere.  The garbage trucks go around the neighborhoods multiple times a day , every day of the week.  Another show told of China’s building craze for malls, apartments etc that no one can afford to live in or to shop at.

  9. Mike Lieberman June 14, 2011 at 2:51 am -

    Most def. Craziness.

  10. Mike Lieberman June 14, 2011 at 2:51 am -

    I wouldn’t be too surprised if we start to find plastic rice making it’s way to the states…

  11. Mike Lieberman June 14, 2011 at 2:52 am -

    It’s all just nutty.

  12. Lfond June 14, 2011 at 3:07 am -

    When I saw your face, I howled with laughter. Where can I press the like button again? Keep on saying the truth man. Loving it!

  13. SherryGreens June 14, 2011 at 5:07 am -

    What is in the food anyway?  We put so much trust that the government regulates stuff, but how can they check it all, nobody really knows what is in there.  You are right – grow it yourself or get it from someone who grows it that you trust.  If everyone did that we would be in a way different situation.

  14. Mike Lieberman June 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm -

    You certainly can press it again. Hahaha. Glad you likes and could bring a smile to your face.

  15. Mike Lieberman June 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm -

    And the economy would shift greatly…

  16. island girl June 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm -

    Excellent work!  Thank you, thank you!  Absolutely love your site!!

  17. Mike Lieberman June 17, 2011 at 1:24 am -

    Word. Glad we could connect.

  18. Jessica Stovall September 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm -

    Wow.  This is just scary.

  19. Jessica Stovall September 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm -

    This is just flat out scary.

  20. Mike Lieberman September 29, 2011 at 1:44 am -

    Pretty much so.

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