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Dietary Supplements: Thursday, February 10

Dietary Supplements is a daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Today we're serving a tasty mix of greens and corporate hypocrisy.


Today in salad: Lettuce sucks (literally). California's Central Valley lost an estimated 13,000 gallons of groundwater over the last 13 years.

Eating cheap greens this winter? Picture the Imperial Valley, a desert full of greens and a giant "Ag sponge" sopping up the Colorado River.


Today in legislative affairs: A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced a bill to ban AquAdvantage, the fast-growing salmon that is the first genetically engineered food item headed directly for our plates.

Superbug heaven: A routine FDA inspection at a Pennsylvania farm found that veal calf meat contained up to 15 times the permitted level of antibiotics.

Today in unsurprising but disappointing corporate hypocrisy: With Jamie Oliver's cameras gone, U.S. Foodservice pulls its support for Huntington's Food Revolution.

And today in extreme locavorism: Leather bags made from the tanned skins of grass-fed beef served in hipster Brooklyn restaurants are "the latest in farm-to-table-to-closet fashion."

Finally, today's image of a duck on a pedestal comes from the ever-interesting Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog, where it forms part of a short survey of food on pedestals. Apparently the Philippines is a particular hotspot for food statuary, boasting several golden cows, a giant tilapia, and a fierce pineapple.

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The head of the 1,100-member Federal Judges Association on Monday called an emergency meeting amid concerns over President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr's use of the power of the Justice Department for political purposes, such as protecting a long-time friend and confidant of the president.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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Two people had the nerve to laugh and smirk at a DUI murder sentencing in Judge Qiana Lillard's courtroom and she took swift action.

Lillard heard giggles coming from the family of Amanda Kosal, 25, who admitted to being drunk when she slammed into an SUV, killing Jerome Zirker, 31, and severely injuring his fiance, Brittany Johnson, 31.

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