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A beef with lists?

(article, James Berry)

In a complex but well-thought-out post on The Ethicurean yesterday, Bonnie Powell bared all on the USDA's new classification for grass-fed beef. She also laid out several arguments for why the new labeling is actually a good thing. (The post was a follow-up to her announcement of the new label last week.)

Supporting evidence for Powell's statement that most people want only "Five Tips For Buying Organic on a Budget!" (and therefore may not follow her story beyond the second paragraph) appeared the same day, when the New York Times' "Well" blog published "Five Easy Ways to Go Organic." The list of five tips — essentially, five foods you're better off buying organic — was the most-emailed article on the Times site for the day.