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Dave Jamieson

White House's Gift To The Poultry Industry Under Fire From Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It appears the Agriculture Department's controversial plan to create faster line speeds in poultry processing plants has hit another sna...

Congress Cuts Funding For Horse Slaughter

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congress has again cut funding for inspections at horse slaughterhouses, the latest blow to efforts to resume horse slaught...

Dept. Of Agriculture Permanently Eases Up On School Meals

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childho...

After Disaster, Obama Officials Deny Cuts Affected Fire Response

AP | SHAQUILLE BREWSTER | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Obama administration officials say the automatic budget cuts called "sequestration" have not yet affected the government's ability to fi...

Government Works To Reduce Big Waste

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans throw away more than a third of the food they buy – that's almost $400 a year per person, or more than an average month'...

The Sequester Might Force You To Go Vegetarian

Reuters | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business

* Meat inspector furloughs may be non-consecutive days * USDA seeks ways to minimize impact on industry, consumer * Meat...

USDA Unveils New Effort To Cut Junk Food In Schools

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 04.04.2013 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Most candy, high-calorie drinks and greasy meals could soon be on a food blacklist in the nation's schools. For the first time, the gov...

Government Taking Action Against Fraud

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Food stamp recipients are ripping off the government for millions of dollars by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash &nda...

SNAP: Cutting What Works?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The impact of more cuts on children and families who now receive a nutritionally adequate diet from SNAP would be devastating. Where is the justice in a vote to protect wealthy farmers over hungry children?

Has Anyone in Washington Noticed the Price of a Box of Pasta Lately?

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Steven Kurlander

While most Americans spend about 10% of their family's budget on groceries, about one-third of them actually spend closer to 20%, so large increases in grocery prices means less spending on consumer goods, which account for a great portion of our economic activity.

School Lunches To Become Healthier With Veggies And Whole Grains

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years means most offerings – including the always popula...

Jason Linkins

How To Turn Pizza Into A Vegetable

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics

On Tuesday, Congress decided that pizza is a vegetable. I have to imagine that this news instilled confusion in many Americans, as many Americans are: familiar with pizza; familiar with vegetables; and sane. But, according to the geniuses in Washington, pizza is a vegetable for the purposes of determining what goes into public school lunches by virtue of the fact that pizza traditionally includes a schmear of tomato paste. And if you're wondering how it came to pass that Congress arrived at the conclusion that pizza could count as a serving of vegetables for this reason, wonder no more! Congress was guided along this path by lobbyists. And lobbyists can do all sorts of things, by magic!

Congress Fights To Save School Pizza And Fries

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Who needs leafy greens and carrots when pizza and french fries will do? In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza ...

Congress Pushes Back On Healthier School Lunches

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 01.14.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON — Congress is unraveling the Obama administration's attempt to make school lunches healthier, pushing back against Agriculture Depart...

Rising Prices Squeeze The Purchasing Power Of Americans

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Consumers paid more for a range of goods and services last month, pushing up inflation and squeezing Americans' purchasing power. ...

Feds Propose Clearer Food Labels On Meat Additives

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 09.20.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department wants consumers to know when there's less chicken in their chicken. A proposed rule aimed at food companies ...

Bacon Becomes The Latest Victim Of Skyrocketing U.S. Food Prices

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business

Spiking food prices could mean that even some of the employed soon won't be able to bring home the bacon. The price of pork bellies, that part of t...

GOP Congressman's Budget By 1,000 Cuts

Roll Call | Janie Lorber and Annie Shuppy | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics

When it comes to cost-saving amendments, Rep. Paul Broun can't be beat, even if he rarely wins....

The F Word: National Confrontation on Race

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

At the end of a long painful week, Shirley Sherrod's been offered a new job with the USDA's Office of Civil Rights and Community Outreach. She's still considering, though, and who can blame her?

WATCH: USDA Official Admits Racial Preference During NAACP Banquet, Resigns

Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATED*** 7/20/10, 6:49PM Shirley Sherrod says that she was forced to resign from her position at the USDA after her comments were taken out of c...

Bioengineered Trees Test Gets Clearance In U.S.

The New York Times | ANDREW POLLACK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Federal regulators gave clearance Wednesday for a large and controversial field test of genetically engineered trees planned for seven states stretchi...

UhOh: SpaghettiOs Recall

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

*Scroll down for a CBS news video on the 15 million-pound Spaghettios recall. (Update: 6/18/10, 12:50pm) (AP) WASHINGTON — Campbell Soup Co. is...

Rachel Ray Goes To Capitol Hill To Lobby For Good Food

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Celebrity chef Rachael Ray says she has a big mouth. And she used it Tuesday to ask lawmakers for more money to improve school lunc...

U.S. Farmers See Their Income Plunge 38% As Recession Grips Agriculture

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

After some of the most profitable years in a generation, American farmers have seen their incomes dwindle as the recession begins to weigh on food pri...

Obama Officials Urge Senate To Act On Climate Bill

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Saying global warming poses unprecedented threats to Americans' way of life, four of President Barack Obama's top environmental and...