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Even as questions about the nation's meat supply are raised in the wake of the first discovery of mad cow disease in the US, there are other developments in the carnivore continuum:

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the nation's pork industry is doing a u-turn away from the leaner products that it has been selling for the past two decades. Instead of "the other white meat" pitch that it has been making, now pork producers are peddling "a new type of fattier, darker and tastier pork" that comes from purebred pigs.

  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that so-called "alternative meats" are gaining popularity, with an emphasis on items such as ostrich and bison that often have saturated fat levels much lower than beef.

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