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Letter to The Aegis | February 20, 2014
Editor: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still expanding the list of retailers carrying meat unfit for human consumption. About 8.7 million pounds were shipped. The recall comes in the wake of USDA's new "inspection" program that allows the meat industry to increase speed of processing lines and replace federal inspectors with plant employees. Traditionally, USDA has catered more to the interests and profitability of the meat industry than health and safety of American consumers.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
George J. Andreadakis, a retired founder of a wholesale beef firm who also owned a Towson restaurant, died of heart disease Monday at his Pikesville home. He was 91. Born in Bethlehem, Pa., he was the son of John Andreadakis and his wife, Agnes. They family moved to Baltimore and lived near Patterson Park. He attended Baltimore public schools. Mr. Andreadakis owned and operated George's National Beef and Provisions, a firm located on South Conkling Street. He also owned the Gambrinus restaurant on Washington Avenue in Towson many years ago. Gov. Marvin Mandel named Mr. Andreadakis to the chairmanship of the Maryland State Board of Motion Picture Censors in 1973.
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August 16, 2011
How sad that Ellen Cutler can't look past the taste of a meal when examining her beliefs about food ("Food for thought," Commentary, Aug. 14). She congratulates herself on buying expensive meat, full of the "extra flavor" associated with extra cost, yet she readily admits she has no interest in the creatures that brings her such delicacies. Instead, she would rather bury her head in the sand - or a plate of moussaka - and spout clich├ęs about how eating an expensive lamb meal is an "expression of natural order" upon which her "survival" depends.
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By Thomas Maronick Jr | August 6, 2014
A decision last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, upholding federal regulations requiring that meat labels state where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered, is a win for consumers, public health and American meat producers. It means that mystery meat from third-world sweat shops will be far less de rigueur for the discerning public, along with the substantial health risks associated with food from questionable sources. As detailed in a number of books - particularly Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" (1906)
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May 11, 2012
The number of Americans considered obese is expected to rise from the current 34 percent to 42 percent by the year 2030, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and discussed at Monday's "Weight of the Nation" conference in Washington. Diabetes, kidney failure, heart disease, and other obesity-related ailments account for countless premature deaths and as much as 18 percent of the $2.6 trillion national cost of medical care. The leading causes of obesity are consumption of fat-laden meat and dairy products and lack of exercise.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
George J. Andreadakis, a retired founder of a wholesale beef firm who also owned a Towson restaurant, died of heart disease Monday at his Pikesville home. He was 91. Born in Bethlehem, Pa., he was the son of John Andreadakis and his wife, Agnes. They family moved to Baltimore and lived near Patterson Park. He attended Baltimore public schools. Mr. Andreadakis owned and operated George's National Beef and Provisions, a firm located on South Conkling Street. He also owned the Gambrinus restaurant on Washington Avenue in Towson many years ago. Gov. Marvin Mandel named Mr. Andreadakis to the chairmanship of the Maryland State Board of Motion Picture Censors in 1973.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
Even in frigid weather, Ginger Myers' pigs are happy. "As cold as it gets, the pigs are out there, snorting and playing like kids bundled up and running around," says the owner of Evermore Farm , a family-owned livestock and produce farm in Westminster. Myers is one of many farmers in the Baltimore area who believe that running a farm under the principles of "good stewardship" is the right approach for farmers, animals, consumers and the region as a whole. Myers defines good stewardship as "the ethic of doing the best management we can - that's what we're doing from birth to plate.
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By Candus Thomson | candus.thomson@baltsun.com | November 29, 2009
Outdoors Girl grew up believing that sweet potatoes were glorified pig food and bear meat was an unchewable lump of greasy protein. Folks with a contrary point of view always said the dislike was directly tied to not having those foods prepared the right way. After much experimentation, she still thinks sweet potatoes are pig food, but the outdoors writer at the Cumberland Times-News turned her around on bear. Mike Sawyers counsels: For bear stew, all I do is use a packet of McCormick Beef Stew Mix, perfect for a Maryland bear since McCormick is a Maryland company.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick | September 2, 2012
Eat Maryland crab meat and win a prize. Throughout September, diners who eat at restaurants participating in Maryland's True Blue program can win a pair of tickets to the Mermaid's Kiss Oyster Fest, an after-hours celebration of Maryland seafood on Oct. 3 at the National Aquarium in Baltimore . Launched this spring by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the True Blue program allows restaurants serving DNR-verified Maryland blue...
NEWS
April 29, 2010
Mike Tidwell ("Local action, global lesson," April 22) makes some great points about how incentives are key to changing behaviors. I absolutely agree. But his question about which policy change is best for stimulating rapid climate improvements is off-target. As individuals, 95 percent of us have the power to drastically reduce our carbon footprints, right here and now, without waiting for new legislation, policy changes, improved enforcement or construction of renewable energy projects.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | July 28, 2014
Farmers Market Week begins Aug. 3, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and an independent public health organization wants consumers to remember a few things about food safety. Uncooked produce is twice as likely to make you sick than meat because fruits and vegetables can attract bacteria from the soil or water where it's grown, notes NSF International , citing data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some tips from the group and from foodsafety.gov , a site maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: +Look for produce that isn't bruised or damaged.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski joined with Virginia lawmakers on Friday in requesting the Obama administration step up enforcement of seafood processors that are fraudulently labeling imported crab meat as a product of the Chesapeake Bay. In a letter to President Barack Obama, Mikulski asked that deceptive labeling be included as a focus of a task force created by the White House in June to address illegal fishing. The Maryland Democrat also requested a briefing on the issue from federal agencies.
BUSINESS
By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
J.W. Treuth & Sons has been nestled in Oella so long, Michael Treuth said no one can figure out quite when the family-owned slaughterhouse and butcher shop first opened its doors, though a sign out front boasts more than 100 years in the business. The 56-year old president and co-owner has been working in the family business for more than 40 years, and said the meat industry is what he "lives and breathes, literally. " Treuth & Sons only slaughters cattle, but it also buys wholesale and then sells and ships chicken, poultry and seafood products to customers, primarily restaurants, nationwide.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Parts & Labor, the new meat-centric project from Woodberry Kitchen restaurateurs Amy and Spike Gjerde, is something new for Baltimore: a combination restaurant and butcher shop. The restaurant's culinary focus couldn't be clearer. It's meat. It's not all meat, all the time, but it comes close. The menu's centerpiece is a changing selection of five or so dry-aged butcher's cuts, which the menu describes as "under-appreciated" cuts like "plate steak" and "petite tender," which the waiter will helpfully tell you is not at all like a filet mignon.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Paul Shapiro's article on the true cost of farm raised meat was very informative ( "Eat less chicken," April 22). We would have to agree that the most environmentally sound way of raising animals was developed over millions of years in the natural world, through the predator-prey relationship. Eventually, every animal falls prey to something else and is eaten. The cycle then continues. Yet the Humane Society of the United States, Mr. Shapiro's employer, is a very vocal opponent of hunting.
NEWS
April 13, 2014
Columnist Susan Reimer says that the gender pay gap and the Paycheck Fairness Act are red meat tossed into our cages to get women to the polls and that she doesn't like being "played" by the Democrats ("Equal pay riles up base," April 10). Ms. Reimer makes a point that speaks to the heart of the matter. According to recent polls, Democrats are facing a tough midterm election, and their latest tactic is to use women to garner votes. The Democrats have thrown pay equality into the mix hoping to steer the conversation away from Obamacare and the stagnant economy.
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February 28, 2014
Articles like "Happy animals, local meat" (Feb. 19) make me angry in their attempt to paint animals from non-factory farm conditions as happy and their treatment as humane. All animals go to the same slaughterhouses, and I can assure you they are neither. They use the word "slaughter" as if it is no big deal to the animal so the reader will feel guilt-free about buying these food-animals as if they are somehow helping them. They aren't. They are consuming the flesh of an animal that has panicked at knowing they are next on the kill line.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2013
Fifty-eight years after it opened in Highland, Boarman's Old-Fashioned Meat Market is still, in many respects, living up to its name. Boarman family members still mix spices for the pork sausage made in house, the staff butcher still stuffs the sausage skin, still cuts meat to order and, more recently, started smoking bacon with apple wood he gets from a neighbor. Boarman's is possibly Howard County's last all-purpose market that's not part of a chain, offering everything from household cleaners to beer and wine, canned goods, produce, house-made crab cakes and custom cuts of meat.
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Letter to The Aegis | April 3, 2014
TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster "Noah" as being "pro-animal" and unfaithful to the Bible. Well, yes and no. The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah. After all, Genesis 1:29 admonishes "Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit -- to you it shall be for food.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
Articles like "Happy animals, local meat" (Feb. 19) make me angry in their attempt to paint animals from non-factory farm conditions as happy and their treatment as humane. All animals go to the same slaughterhouses, and I can assure you they are neither. They use the word "slaughter" as if it is no big deal to the animal so the reader will feel guilt-free about buying these food-animals as if they are somehow helping them. They aren't. They are consuming the flesh of an animal that has panicked at knowing they are next on the kill line.
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