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?