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Obama Regulators Want To Let Factory Farms Label Their Meat 'Humanely Raised'

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics

Obama administration regulators have proposed allowing meat and chicken products to be marketed as “humanely raised” even if the animals in questi...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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!

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

Harry Bradford | Posted 11.18.2016 | Business
Harry Bradford

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 the...

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 rec...

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...

Intercollegiate Meat Judging Helps Job Seekers Stay A Cut Above

Wall Street Journal | Justin Sheck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Intercollegiate meat judging has been a serious business since it started 82 years ago. About 40 colleges will compete in six sanctioned competitions ...

USDA Admits There's "No Magic Bullet" To Preventing Meat Contamination

New York Times | Andrew Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Late last month, the Agriculture Department announced its 20th recall of beef this year because of contamination with a toxic strain of the bacterium ...