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Chemicals, politics, and more

(article, Culinate staff)

Sure, Tom Philpott's been sharing his holiday-cooking tips on his Mother Jones blog, Food for Thought. But mostly, of course, Philpott bangs the drum of food awareness, and lately it's been pretty loud. 

Recent chemistry-themed reports have covered the dubious Chinese honey industry, the controversial use of the popular pesticide atrazine (especially in the corn industry), the nation's continuing refusal to crack down on antibiotic use in livestock, and the ongoing seafood disaster that is the BP Gulf oil spill.

Here's hoping you didn't have an antibiotic-laced turkey for Thanksgiving last week.