August 30th, 2010
11:00 PM ET
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Rodents, piles of manure, uncaged birds and flies too numerous to count were found by investigators at Iowa farms at the heart of the recall of more than half a billion eggs, the Food and Drug Administration reported Monday.

Inspection reports released by the FDA noted numerous violations at six farms operated by Wright County Egg and Quality Egg, which are owned by the same family, and three Hillandale Farms locations.

The inspections - conducted in August, after new egg safety rules went into effect - were launched in response to the nationwide outbreaks of salmonella that have sickened an estimated 1,470 people, according to the FDA.

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August 30th, 2010
06:00 PM ET
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Since 1961, McDonald's institute of burger business has taught tens of thousands of McD's managers to manage workflow, stanch customer chaos and run a tight, Ronald-benedicted ship. CNN's Poppy Harlow won't let 'em forget your McMuffin.


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August 30th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Five Cravings of an American in Paris: David Lebovitz

Since 2002, David Lebovitz has been living the self-proclaimed "sweet life in Paris."

When the author, former Chez Panisse pastry chef and food blogger fantastique stopped by Eatocracy HQ in New York City on a brief jaunt stateside, it behooved us to sit him down and find out what an American expat pines for in grand ol' Paree.

Minnesota farmer battles Gulf 'dead zone'
August 30th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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Within moments of meeting Tony Thompson, you can tell he sees the world from a different tilt.

His frayed shirt pocket is stuffed so full of notes that it's ripping at the seams. Hairy eyebrows spring off his face like grasshopper antennae. There's a purple prairie clover stuck in the dash of his van, a bird book below the radio.

He says bizarre, eco-minded things like "I want to be a chloroplast."

So maybe it should come as no surprise that this wild-haired, icy-eyed farmer in southwest Minnesota is among the first people at this latitude to make an important intellectual leap:

He sees people who live and work near the Gulf of Mexico as his neighbors - even though they're 1,200 miles away.

Further, he's changing the way he farms in order to protect them.

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