Heck, maybe I should start a blog called "Warning: Contains Peanuts" to focus on information and materials like this. I don't deceive myself that restaurants in Atlanta wouldn't take shortcuts like the ones mentioned in the news story; I'm sure it happens everywhere. It certainly makes me glad that David and I are focusing much more on cooking and preparing our own food.
We're marinating some pork chops in rosemary, lemon, and other seasonings for Sunday dinner even as I type this, and the packaging stated it came from Maverick Ranch, with a label that states: "no antibiotics in the feed, no pesticides, no growth hormones," and so on. It's a sign of the times that people, myself included, are paying attention to nutritional details more than ever, and not just the fat and carbohydrate content. I make a conscious decision to buy organically-grown vegetables from The Fresh Market, for example, and again, I wonder how restaurants can ethically shirk their responsibilty as food distributors. Even if they aren't feeling particularly responsible for the well-being of their patrons, it's just simple pragmatism for a restaurant owner to want to protect his or her business from lawsuits and bad press.
*quickly squelches ENTJ desire to start yet another project for herself*