Forgive me for bringing you not-so-great news right before your weekend starts. There were several items in the news this week that I found thought-provoking and disturbing. I figure it’s better to get all the bad news at once, right? 

  • Scientists believe they may have isolated one of the reasons for colony collapse disorder, the mysterious problem that’s been killing off bees for the past several years. Care2 reports that the residual pesticides from corn in high fructose corn syrup might be leading to the bees’ deaths.
  • Another glimpse at the problems with factory farming has the New York Times asking if an egg for breakfast is worth the conditions that chickens are kept in. An undercrover investigator went inside Kreider Farms and discovered the disturbing conditions of the farm and the chickens that create more than 4.5 million eggs a year.
  • If, like me, you publicly wrote or said anything derogatory about "pink slime," better watch your back. On her Food Politics blog, Marion Nestle gives examples of the spin that’s being spun by "pink slime" supporters, including one governor who wants a congressional investigation into the “smear campaign.”
  • And, just to finish off the bad news of the week, hop over to an infographic on MNN that shows that America keeps getting fatter and fatter. A third of us are obese.

Enjoy your weekend! (C'mon. You're not going to let a little bad news get you down, are you?)

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.