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Murphy: The Meat Test

Feb 19, 2018 by Dan Murphy
We’re moved by powerful dialogue in many of the movies we watch. But there are always real-life examples as meaningful as any that a screenwriter could imagine. Here’s proof.

Murphy: What Do We Call Alt-Meat?

Feb 16, 2018 by Dan Murphy
An industry association has petitioned USDA to enforce its own rules on the labeling of shamburgers and other faux factory foods made with biotech and ingredient formulations.

Murphy: Meat Too?

Feb 15, 2018 by Dan Murphy
As the ‘Me Too’ movement continues to spread, animal activist groups are no longer exempt from scandals involving sexual harassment. Here, from the left, is the explanation why.

Murphy: Dog Days of Winter

Feb 13, 2018 by Dan Murphy
For all the glitz and glitter in which recent Olympics host countries cloaked themselves, scandals have overshadowed the Games themselves, and the 2018 Winter Olympics are no exception.

Murphy: Valentine's Day Advice

Feb 12, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Instead of the typical, clichéd approach of stale chocolates, limp flowers and a schmaltzy greeting card, why not take this romantic holiday over the top? Here’s how — in just 10 minutes.

Murphy: Vegan Vitriol

Feb 09, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Even without the references to ‘Hitler was a vegetarian,’ it’s tough to embrace the activist message of a peaceful world without any meat — not when veggies are triggering the violence.

Murphy: Carcass Wars

Feb 07, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Yet another incident in which consumers — gasp! — witnessed workers moving meat that hadn’t been portioned and packaged provokes more outrage . . . but (finally!) some pushback.


Murphy: Bye-Bye, Wayne’s World

Feb 06, 2018 by Dan Murphy
The once-esteemed leader of the Humane Society of the United States got pushed out the door, following (alleged) sexual indiscretions. Hard to resist thinking: he got what he deserved.

Murphy: Saying Goodbye to Veganuary

Feb 05, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Food editors used the made-up month of ‘Veganuary’ to lavish praise on some trendy vegetarian dishes — but also a welcome back to the other 334 days of hearty meat entrées.

Murphy: California’s ‘Cartgate’

Feb 02, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Of all the outrageous, egregious, atrocious violations of what we’ve come to expect of food-industry operational standards, few could have predicted the firestorm over a … shopping cart?

Murphy: Capitalism’s Constraints

Feb 01, 2018 by Dan Murphy
The elevation of commerce, and its business leaders, has been unrelenting over these last 40-plus years. But a deep dive into business reporting raises real questions about such veneration.

Murphy: When Raw is Wrong

Jan 30, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Most Americans, if queried about their pets’ diets, would echo those country song lyrics: If feeding them raw meat is wrong, they don’t wanna be right. Now, a new study questions such ‘wisdom.’

Murphy: The Real Fake Meat Story

Jan 29, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Want to pull back the curtain on the motivation of Bill Gates and the other high-profile investors who’ve ponied up the cash that’s fueling alt-meat R&D? It’s not as difficult as you might think.

A ‘Melon Burger?’ For real?

Jan 26, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Of all the dumb stories purporting to introduce the next great breakthrough in meatless cuisine, none are as asinine as a recent article touting a ‘burger’ made from cantaloupe. Seriously?

Murphy: A Victory for Activists

Jan 24, 2018 by Dan Murphy
Of the many campaigns anti-industry activists embrace, few have been as thoroughly successful as the efforts to portray circus animals as abused and exploited. Here’s proof.