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The Darkest Side of the Food Chain

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Touch the Soil News #722  One of the things we like to refrain from is too much negative news. However, we came across information today that kind of pushed things over the top. We’ve been covering the scandals surrounding JBS SA – the world’s largest meat company. Headquartered in Brazil, the company and its two top executives Joesley and Wesley Batista have been found guilty of spending $112 million in recent years to bribe 1,900 government and other officials. Meat inspectors were bribed to look the other way as spoiled and tainted meat was pushed into the food chain and exported around the world. For more information see our News…

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What Will $31 Million Buy You in China? An Animal Cloning Factory

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Touch the Soil News #243 Writing news about the food chain is difficult these days because there seem to be no boundaries – when it comes to food and technology. Chinese biotechnology firm Boyalife and South Korea’s Sooam Biotech are teaming up to create an industrial-scale cloning facility in Tianjin, China. Tianjin is one of the world’s largest cities with a population in excess of 15 million. The enterprise has received the blessings of the Chinese government and a lot of cursing in Chinese social media. One such social media snippet called for the feeding of cloned beef to Chinese officials and their families for at least 10 years before…

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