Horse Meat in the U.S. Food Chain? Neigh It Ain't So

Scientists have detected the presence of horse DNA in America's food supply chain. The discovery was made by researchers at Chapman University's Food Science Program in two separate studies on meat mislabeling in consumer commercial meat products sold in the United States. Co-authored by Dr. Rosalee Hellberg, a food scientist and assistant professor at Chapman's Schmid College of Science and Technology in Orange, Calif., and published in the journal Food Control, both DNA-based studies discovered products that were labeled as one species but contained other species.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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