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U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    A Few Answers to Common Questions About Meat

    I've spent the last few years working in meat markets and the meat departments of specialty grocery stores, and have encountered a lot of confused people in that time. In a lot of cases, that confusion is understandable. There is a lot of bad information floating around about meat. Just searching on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Undercover Investigation Reveals Alleged Mistreatment at Monkey Lab

    An undercover investigation of a major primate research lab in San Antonio revealed a pattern of mistreatment of its monkeys, including death, injury, overcrowding, and lack of medical care, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The organization claims that a five-week investigation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    UPDATED: USDA Warns UH Over Monkey Dehydration Death

    The USDA has warned the University of Houston that it could face severe penalties if it doesn't correct conditions in its research lab, where two rhesus monkeys have died since 2012. The August letter was triggered by a March 2014 incident where three rhesus macaques closed a divider in their cage, ... More >>

  • News

    May 29, 2014

    USDA, PETA Go After Dude Whose Primate Hit Great Day Houston Host

    They claim Brian Staples is bad at the monkey business.

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    USDA, PETA Go After Dude Whose Monkey Hit Deborah Duncan

    It was the slap seen 'round the world: a capuchin monkey bopped Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan in the face in April, and almost everyone thought it was super-cute. Of course, the party-poopers at PETA didn't think it was cute, especially given the track record of Brian Staples, the guy who r ... More >>

  • News

    April 17, 2014

    The Horse "Soring" Torture Show

    The cruel world the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act is trying to shut down.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Feel Like Cracking Down on A-Holes Who Torture Show Horses?

    The Texas chapter of the Humane Society of the United States is joining in the push to pass federal legislation that would help enforce the ban against "soring" -- hurting show horses to exaggerate a high-stepping gait. The barbaric practice, which we'll describe in a moment, was barred by legisla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Where's The Beef? California Company Recalls Nearly 9 Million Pounds of Meat

    Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, California, was forced to recall 8.7 million pounds of beef this past weekend due to improper inspection. And of course, some of the meat in the recall made its way to Texas, because it's not like we have a gazillion of our own cows here or anything. The Unit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Let Them Eat Cake: The Poverty of Libertarianism

    The GOP's ill-fated strategy to defund Obamacare via a government shutdown ended in a political defeat for the Republicans. But the Libertarian Party was happy: "Elected Republicans in the House can stimulate the productive private sector by slowing down Big Government," said Geoffrey J. Neale, cha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Need Extra Cash? Feral Hog Bounty Goes Up This Week!

    Everyone knows feral hogs are a nuisance, which is why some counties pay folks to kill 'em, but we thought we'd pass along a tip that you may not have heard about: Hays and Caldwell counties "are more than doubling the bounty" on the beasts, according to KEYE. Of course, volume is the priority here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Pigs Have Seams, and Other Lessons Learned at Revival Market's Hog Butchery Demo Series

    If you think spending two hours watching a pig butchery demonstration at Revival Market makes for a weird date night, we probably couldn't be friends. Earlier this week my husband and I shared a romantic evening--with about 20 other hog butchery/charcuterie fans--while getting up-close and personal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    UTMB Pays Fine in Animal Welfare Act Allegations

    Three University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston employees have been fired, and the university has agreed to pay $9,143 relating to allegations of Animal Welfare Act violations. Under the settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the university did not admit or deny any wrong ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Steakhouses

    With this week's news that meat magnates Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse and Ricky Craig of Hubcap Grill are teaming up to create a mega-steakhouse, Wonder Twins-style, it seems as good a time as any to examine the steakhouse scene here in Houston. (It should also serve as succor for those carn ... More >>

  • News

    October 4, 2012

    Retired Lab Chimps Pressed Back Into Service

    A San Antonio lab says primate research is necessary for curing diseases like AIDS and hepatitis. But what progress has really been made.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    USDA's Meatless Monday "A Slap in the Face!" Texas Ag Comish Says

    In a blog post today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples says the U.S. Department of Agriculture's call for Meatless Mondays as part of a green environmental effort is a gross betrayal of everything the federal government should stand for. He calls for the firing of whomever came up with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    The Circus is in Town, Can PETA Be Far Behind? (No)

    At high noon today, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) protesters will rally outside Reliant Stadium to speak out against what it says is bad treatment of elephants by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. "Houston residents would run screaming from the big top if they knew how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Where Are We Eating?

    It's not the $95 stuffed truffled Kobe filet, but the piece of beef you see below from this famous Houston restaurant is no slouch either: It's a cut of USDA Prime steak, which is tender enough to cut with a fork, with sides of braised romaine lettuce and Brussels sprouts leaves. Think you know whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Why Texas Should Reopen Its Horse Slaughterhouses

    It's been five years since the nation's last horse slaughterhouse was shut down. The Cavel horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb, Illinois, closed after Congress banned USDA inspections of horse meat -- effectively ceasing operations at the few abattoirs in the United States that dealt in horses. If the me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    When to Refrigerate Fruits and Vegetables

    Carol Moshier​There has been a war raging in my apartment between my refrigerator and me for quite some time. Every week, I arrive home from the grocery store with bags brimming with brightly colored, yummy-looking produce and put it in the fridge. Yet when I pluck my treasures from their chil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    An Egg a Day Is Now Okay

    modomatic​I love eggs. I would eat them in a box, with a fox, in a house, with a mouse, here, there, and everywhere - if they weren't loaded with cholesterol. But earlier this week the USDA released surprising findings from a recent nutritional re-evaluation, reporting that modern-day eggs a ... More >>

  • News

    January 13, 2011

    Facebook v. Leaky Boob

    Houston mom in a FB face-off.

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    PETA's New Target: UT-Medical Branch in Galveston

    UTMB gets hit by PETA complaints about experiments​PETA, fresh off claiming a victory over NASA about monkey experiments, has a new target in its sights: The University of Texas medical branch in Galveston. PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging "abuse and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Sweet Potatoes Versus Yams: The Real Story

    Now that's a yam. ​Sweet potato season is upon us. And though most Southerners, such as ourselves, correctly refer to the orange root vegetable by its rightful name "sweet potato," some people (i.e. Yankees) insist on calling them yams. Intrigued by the various appellations, I set out to dis ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 18, 2010

    Meat and Potatoes

    Frank's Chop House stands firmly in the middle of the road.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Haggis and Single Malt Nacht

    ​Today is Robbie Burns Day, the birthday of the Scottish poet who was born on this date in 1759. "Burns Nacht," as it's known, is celebrated with Burns Suppers, where revelers consume haggis and Scotch whisky while wearing the family plaid and listening to the dulcet tones of bagpipers. If you ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 5, 2009

    Looking for a Bull Market

    Killen's Steakhouse in suburban Pearland is probably best during boom times.

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    The Elephant Man Of Texas Is Not An Animal, He Just (Allegedly) Abuses Them

    ​The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed charges against the East Texas handler of three -- er, actually it's now just one -- elephants, for allegedly violating the Animal Welfare Act. For those who haven't been following this sad/absurd story out of Leggett, about 80 miles northeast of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Wangsday Wings

    ​Jason Clark, the manager of The Social, recently told me that he isn't making any money on chicken wings, but for the time being he is planning on continuing the "Wangsday" 25¢ wing special at the Washington Avenue Bar. I asked him about it because there was a story about the high price of c ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 18, 2009

    Not So Clear Cut

    What are you really eating when you order fajitas in a Tex-Mex restaurant?

  • Dining

    February 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    National Cancer Organization Wants Hot Dogs Out of HISD Schools

    Photo by Robb Walsh Speaking of processed meats…okay, we’ll wait a second for you to stop drooling. Done? Good. Now where were we? Ah, yes… Speaking of processed meats, the good doctors at the Cancer Project filed a federal petition last week with the United States Department of Agricultu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    National Cancer Organization Wants Hot Dogs Out of HISD Schools

    Photo by Robb Walsh Speaking of processed meats…okay, we’ll wait a second for you to stop drooling. Done? Good. Now where were we? Ah, yes… Speaking of processed meats, the good doctors at the Cancer Project filed a federal petition last week with the United States Department of Agricultu ... More >>

  • News

    August 31, 2006

    Monkey Business

    Primates -- destined for laboratory research -- are being brought into a compound in Houston so carefully and quietly that no one knows they're here

  • News

    December 29, 2005

    A Cut Above

    The future of the best beef in America may depend on a herd in East Texas

  • Dining

    August 25, 2005

    Burnt Offerings from the USDA

    When will the federal agency tell us it's safe to eat medium-rare burgers again?

  • Dining

    August 25, 2005

    Burnt Offerings from the USDA

    When will the federal agency tell us it's safe to eat medium-rare burgers again?

  • Dining

    August 25, 2005

    Texas Burger Binge

    Our food critic reports on the state of the Texas burger -- and recommends 18 you need to try immediately

  • Dining

    August 11, 2005

    Past Its Prime

    Taste of Texas Steakhouse takes you on a nostalgia trip to the salad bar.

  • Dining

    June 10, 2004

    Dry-Aged Discrimination

    What grade of beef are the steaks at The Capital Grille?

  • Dining

    March 18, 2004

    Jekyll & Hydesky

    Two trips to steak house Smith & Wollensky yield wildly different results

  • Dining

    January 8, 2004

    Bring On the Bovine

    Beef-mad Houstonians keep eating steaks

  • Dining

    October 23, 2003

    Make Mine Moo

    Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Steak House

    Brenner's Steakhouse

  • Dining

    December 5, 2002

    Mystery Meat

    Maverick's motto may be "Supper + Whiskey," but the restaurant doesn't always deliver on both counts

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    The Big Deal

    Vending machines are leaving Texas school cafeterias. But the mother lode of "minimal nutritional value" has hardly gone away.

  • Dining

    October 4, 2001

    American Kobe

    Lynn's Steakhouse proves a few restaurants still serve up USDA Prime

  • Dining

    August 30, 2001

    Aging with Grace (and Science)

    American steaks: second of a three-part series

  • Dining

    August 2, 2001

    A Matter of Fat

    The U.S. beef industry's lower standards have led to an increase in chop houses

  • News

    December 7, 2000

    Lines & Shadows

    A former farmworker wanted only a utility system for her Fort Bend colonia. Seven years later, there's still tainted water and untreated sewage -- but raw words and the stench of politics flow freely.

  • News

    June 9, 1994

    Open Mouths, Closed Hearts

    The Feds created a program to feed the hungry. In Harris County, it became a program to feed the greedy.

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