From the maw of the nation’s industrial feedlots comes a 3-part investigative series focusing on commodity beef.

On Tuesday the Kansas City Star published the final installment of “Beef’s Raw Edges,” its three-day investigative series examining the current state of the U.S. beef industry. The project was spearheaded by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Mike McGraw. — Helena Bottemiller, Food Safety News.

The beef industry was understandably surprised that McGraw didn’t quite buy their, shall we say, Potemkin village version of feedlots and meat packing processes:

“We believed that by cooperating, he would see what we saw: a beef industry that provides the safest and most affordable beef supply in the world,” Boyle continued. “We know that we cannot rest on the progress achieved and must always strive to do better, but we find it impossible to reconcile the conclusions reached by the Star with data from CDC, FSIS, OSHA and other agencies.”

Read it on Food Safety News: Kansas City Star Finishes Probing Series on US Beef Industry

Kansas City Star:  Beef’s Raw Edges

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Related: Kansas City Public radio 89.3 KCUR simultaneously publishes report on the massive amounts of waste generated by feedlots: Beef Feedlots Grapple With Endless Waste


Nothing worse than a dirty wine glass. Palate Press expose on “World’s Best Wine Writer,” Natalie MacClean claims that she includes professional wine reviews by writers from other publications without credit or bylines.

Palate Press reached out to many of the wine writers whose work has ended up on Ms. MacLean’s site. None of those we contacted had given any permission to Ms. MacLean for her use of their work. The list of those so offended is a “Who’s Who” of the world of wine journalism, including Jancis Robinson and reviews from her members-only Purple Pages, Antonio Galloni, David Schildknecht, Lisa Perrotti-Brown and Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate, Bruce Sanderson, Harvey Steiman and Kim Marcus, of Wine Spectator…

Read it on Palate Press: Natalie MacLean: World’s Best Wine Writer or Content Thief?

More on Decanter: Natalie MacLean: ‘What I am doing is legal and right’


What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow out of this stony rubbish? — The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot.

David Liittschwager’s photographs of one-cubic-foot metal frames that he dropped around the world show an amazing diversity of life, except for one in the middle of an Iowa cornfield.

Cornfields, however, are not like national parks or virgin forests. Corn farmers champion corn. Anything that might eat corn, hurt corn, bother corn, is killed. Their corn is bred to fight pests. The ground is sprayed. The stalks are sprayed again. So, like David, Craig wondered, “What will I find?” The answer amazed me. He found almost nothing. “I listened and heard nothing, no bird, no click of insect.” — Robert Krulwich, NPR.org

Read it on NPR.org: Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee

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