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Primalisms: Meat, Symcat, Energy Drinks & More

March 24, 2012

(Photo by stevendepolo)

1) Teen girl dies of ‘caffeine toxicity’ after downing 2 energy drinks

The day before she went into cardiac arrest, Anais’s family says she drank two 24-ounce Monster energy drinks, unwittingly guzzling 480 miligrams of caffeine — that’s nearly five times the limit recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. To put it another way: By drinking just two large energy drinks, Anais drank as much caffeine as you’d find in about 14 cans of Coke.

2)  Judge: FDA must act to cut antibiotics from animal feed.

A federal judge on Thursday ordered U.S. regulators to start proceedings to withdraw approval for the use of common antibiotics in animal feed, citing concerns that overuse is endangering human health by creating antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”.

3)  Data-Driven Diagnosis: A Google for Your Health Symptoms. As if Googling your symptoms wasn’t scary enough… The site seems pretty cool – although it may induce anxiety.

Symcat combines aggregated data from patient health records with demographics and user symptoms to inform diagnoses over the Internet.

4) Coke confirms new French stevia sightings through major EU launches

The Coca-Cola Company has confirmed to BeverageDaily.com that it has launched stevia-sweetened varieties of Sprite and Nestea in France with 30% less sugar – the first roll-out using its headline brands on a major market since European Commission (EC) approval of stevia.

A step in the right direction? Hardly. They’re not even using stevia – they’re using Truvia, which is a highly processed product with the following ingredients: Erythritol, Rebiana, Natural Flavors.

5) The Ag Gag Laws: Hiding Factory Farm Abuses From Public Scrutiny

HF 589 (PDF), better known as the “Ag Gag” law, criminalizes investigative journalists and animal protection advocates who take entry-level jobs at factory farms in order to document the rampant food safety and animal welfare abuses within.

6) Feast Your Eyes: 16 Cents of Each Dollar You Spend on Food Goes to the Farm. What Happens to the Rest?

we spend five times as much on getting our food from farm to table as we do on actually growing it

7) Calling All Carnivores – Tell Us Why It’s Ethical to Eat Meat: A Contest

This is a very specific contest. Don’t tell us why you like meat, why organic trumps local or why your food is yours to choose. Just tell us why it’s ethical to eat meat.

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