Proposition 37, the California initiative to label genetically modified food, was defeated last night with a 53% majority vote against the proposed labeling law. But just because this battle was lost, those behind the Yes on 37 campaign say the war is far from over. The group is focusing on the 4.3 ... More >>
That static-y voice blurting out from the receiver was easy enough to identify as a telemarketer. The instinct to hang up was temporarily suspended as the disembodied voice inquired about my use of birth control, specifically whether or not I'd ever used Yaz, Yasmin, Oscella, or the Nuvaring. T ... More >>
A common critique of medical cannabis is that there's no way anything "smoked" can be beneficial to someone of ill health. This simple and convenient theory -- smoking (tobacco) is bad, therefore anything that can be smoked must also be bad -- was recently repeated by former White House drug czar Jo ... More >>
The problem with Muscle Milk is that it tastes really good (applies more to the carton version than the powdered version). Sure, it's a satisfying reward after a tough workout, possibly instilling a kind of Pavlovian mechanism that increases the desire to pump iron. But more than that, it tastes soo ... More >>
Some will swear that marijuana has merit for motorists. Others fear impairment of any kind, at any level. We're pretty terrified of teen drivers, especially those with cell phones and hangovers, but we'll leave it to the government to intervene on this great debate. Driving while stoned would bec ... More >>
Medical Marijuana Fight May End Up At Supreme Court ... By The Time We Are All Really Old.San Francisco attorney Matthew Kumin was defeated this week, when his lawsuit that challenged the feds' recent crackdown on state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries was dismissed by a federal judge in Sacr ... More >>
If you read the food media, especially in large cities, you'd believe that the sustainable food revolution is winning. But if you talk to a state senator or member of Congress, writes public-health advocate Michelle Simon, they'll assure you that the food-industry lobbyists are still the ones wit ... More >>
Trent Arsenault, pictured on one of his websitesWe told you a few days ago about Trent Arsenault, the one-man sperm factory whose antics have been targeted as unsound by the Food and Drug Administration. Arsenault, a Silicon Valley tech worker, has set up a website in order to donate his semen to ... More >>
PCC Farmland TrustCalifornia's food activists are on the verge of gaining a ban on the import of shark fins. And starting next July, sale of foie gras in this state will be illegal. We care about animal welfare here; we passed a law regulating the size of chickens' cages. But perhaps becaus ... More >>
Genaro Molina/Los Angeles TimesDanielle Fetzer and Steven Pociunas, volunteers at Rawesome Foods in Venice, after the store was raidedAfter a year-long investigation, agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration joined state and local authorities yesterday to bust owners of a small Venic ... More >>
Eric Quezada is fighting cancer overseas. Looking at Eric Quezada's career over the last couple years, you certainly wouldn't have guessed he'd been fighting cancer since 2004. The long-time Mission activist and executive director with Dolores Street Community Services ran a failed campaign for s ... More >>
The best bars in S.F. don't have to try too hard. Olive is small and artfully arrayed, like a hipster Munchkin. Bright, abstract paintings line the walls. The proprietor has put a lot of DIY love into the place, and made sure to hire friendly staffers. No fewer than three of them approached me wh ... More >>
NorthwestBeerGuide/FlickrOut-of-towner: Deschutes' The Dissident.Bridgetown, aka Beervana, aka Portland has much to brag about when it comes to beer culture, but it doesn't yet have a Portland Beer Week (with stress on the "yet"). So some of Oregon's savvier breweries put some flowers in thei ... More >>
SFoodie's roundup of tips, news, and rants from the week in animal-free eats. • The Onion has this amazing video up of what the FDA could be like if they were honest. You just buy a bag of fucking carrots and you eat them the way you'd normally eat a package of hot dogs, okay? Watch: • ... More >>
Just slip it in. The Female Condom 2 is coming soon to San Francisco to line a vagina -- or anus -- near you. The Department of Public Health will be launching a campaign to promote the use of the Female Condom 2 (known as the FC2 for short) on Valentine's Day.The city received a $100,000 grant f ... More >>
Curing Alcoholism Leave it to Americans to try to cure alcoholism with a pill. UCSF researchers believe a muscle relaxant already out on the market can drastically reduce the urge to binge drink.Researchers from UCSF's Ernest Gallo Clinic used drunk rats to prove their hypothesis. They studied t ... More >>
Calm down, people...Update 12/3: TSA slaps us on the wrist about using this picture. This is an old image. The newer ones look more like Egyptian hieroglyphics. Among the elements of paranoia and righteousness emanating from those opting out of TSA scans today, U.C. San Francisco radiology specia ... More >>
Heirloom Connecticut broadleaf tobacco leaves from Happy Quail Farms.San Francisco's tobacco lovers can finally get their nicotine fix without offending their neighbors or destroying their lungs ― and I'm not talking about those ridiculous electronic cigarettes. Uncured heirloom tobacco is ... More >>
You lying bastards...A wholesome food warrior named Skye is suing Ben & Jerry's for claiming its ice cream is "All Natural" on the label, when in fact -- horror of horrors -- ingredient No. 36 is alkalized cocoa. We feel tricked by those Vermont cows who subtly imparted in their placid, bovin ... More >>
Yep, it's a bad eggWednesday's massive recall of 380 million potentially tainted eggs -- more than one for every American -- likely induced more hurling of eggs than any past Halloween and more worries about salmonella than those of every turtle-owning parent of all-time. Yes, you should dispose ... More >>
peter_r/FlickrBruce Hill's margherita, coming to a neighborhood slightly nearer you.Highlights from the blogs this week:1. The imminent arrival of yet another wave of pizzerias ― Zero Zero, Ragazza, Una Pizza Napoletana, Antica Pizzeria Napoletana, not to mention something from ex-Flour Water ... More >>
Shannon I./YelpMystery solved?Our favorite morsel from the blogs. In Doggy Bag last week, we pointed to an investigative post at The Faster Times, wherein Earth Island Journal managing editor Amy Westervelt looked behind some private label products at Trader Joe's and found some surprising ... More >>
Might this affect Lance's concentration?The Wall Street Journal, which for a week has been rumored to be preparing a Game of Shadows-style story detailing doping allegations against seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, announced in Friday's paper that it plans to release just such ... More >>
Back in December 2008, MillerCoors voluntarily removed caffeine, taurine, guarana, and ginseng from energy drink Sparks, due in part to pressure from San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Hipsters everywhere lost their collective shit. The overly sweet malt liquor/energy drink hybrid saturated ... More >>
T. PalmerNot lobster, but not half bad either.Cruising the El and hankering for something cheap 'n fried, SFoodie made a guilty pleasure pit stop at Long John Silver's (1111 El Camino Real at Del Paso, South San Francisco) for some fish and chips and hush puppies. Inside the spot (which doubles a ... More >>
Mmm, froggy.According to a CNN report today, the Food and Drug Administration Office of Regulatory Affairs has concluded that the foreign matter in a man's can of Diet Pepsi appears to have been a frog or a toad. Gulp. In July, Fred DeNegri of Ormond Beach, Florida, started gagging after he t ... More >>
A Noe Valley shop hopes to be among the first U.S. retailers to sell chocolate bars made with camel milk. Jack Epstein, owner of Chocolate Covered (4069 24th St. at Castro), told SFoodie he only recently found out about the camel milk chocolate bars, manufactured by Dubai-based chocolatier Al Nass ... More >>
Just like the toasted panini I used to eat in Rome--except the Acme-baked bread is better.
Abortion has commandeered headlines of late with the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade last week and Saturday's pro-life rally -- for which many protesters bused into this pro-choice lair from more conservative California zip codes. But there is one story of anti-abortion zeal here in our own bac ... More >>
New research about young military recruits who smoke, drink, and screw too much.
By most accounts, David Kessler's four years as UCSF's medical school dean were a rip-roaring success. So why was he fired?
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Peanut milk can strengthen AIDS patients, heal gums, soothe chronic skin diseases, and prevent baldness, or so it is said. And it's found only one place on Earth.
Bay Area researchers are using a particular cancer to produce neuronlike cells that, when injected into the brain, seem to reverse the effects of stroke. Is the treatment a historic medical breakthrough, or a reckless ploy to attract investors?
In Berkeley, researchers have found a way to identify deadly spores, which could lead to simple, smoke detector-like devices. So why isn't anyone interested?
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