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Lawsuit Alleges Frito-Lay's GMO Snacks Aren't "Natural"

Michele Simon | Posted 02.26.2012 | Home
Michele Simon

One year ago, Frito-Lay promised that "approximately 50 percent of its product portfolio will be made with all natural ingredients, including three of its biggest brands," Lays, Tositos, and SunChips. What does that mean?

It's Time to End Factory Farming

Nil Zacharias | Posted 12.19.2011 | Green
Nil Zacharias

There is common ground to be found by everyone ranging from vegans to die-hard meat eaters. No one can deny the destructive nature of the force that dominates our food system.

Food Court: Winners And Losers Of The Week

Food52 | Posted 12.10.2011 | Home

In which Shelly Peppel and Fran Brennan, the editors of Food52 News, pass judgement on the week's top food news.   • Winner: The man...

Food Court: The Week's Winners & Losers In Food News

Food52 | Posted 12.04.2011 | Home

In which Shelly Peppel and Fran Brennan, the editors of Food52 News, pass judgement on last week's top food news. • Winner: Risk takers&nb...

1 in 6 Americans Still Struggle With Hunger

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 11.12.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

Federal nutrition programs work, but they must be funded if they are to help reduce the number of Americans facing hunger. If Congress cuts the food-assistance safety-net, the USDA will surely have a gloomy scenario to report next year.

Marcus Samuelsson's Quest to Change Global Food Policy

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Dylan Ratigan

Marcus believes that there is no one better than chefs to help bring visibility to these enormously important conversations about things like food subsidies, commodity pricing and responsible farming.

Why We Should Care Where Our Food Comes From

Malia Cohen | Posted 09.11.2011 | San Francisco
Malia Cohen

The San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market is a gem nestled in the heart of the Southeast Section of San Francisco. Now that the lease is about to expire, the City is looking to renew the lease with a larger vision for the future.

Why Laying Off Ag Reporter Philip Brasher Is Bad for Food

Paula Crossfield | Posted 08.24.2011 | Home
Paula Crossfield

The agriculture beat was once an important area of coverage at all major outlets, delivering information about rural areas as well as policy making on food in Washington. But the "agriculture beat" has been dying a slow death for five decades.

My Beef With MyPlate

Kristin Wartman | Posted 08.15.2011 | Home
Kristin Wartman

Many in the food world are calling the clearer and more concise image of MyPlate progress. In my view though, when you look a little deeper, you see that beyond the clearer image not much has really changed.

Politicians Jump To Defense Of Much-Maligned Potato

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.18.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Often maligned, the french fry is fighting back. The spud has had a tough time lately. In the last year, it has been marginalized by ne...

Food Prices May Soar to Crisis Levels

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Several trends, including aquifer depletion, severe soil erosion, rising temperatures and population growth, indicate that the world is headed toward a food security crisis today,

Schifoodphrenic Nation

Valerie Orsoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Valerie Orsoni

Let's unite. Together we can change the way we eat, one bite (or gulp) at a time.

7 Things Learned About Food in 2010

Jerusha Klemperer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jerusha Klemperer

1. The intersection of food, culture and class is a conversation we might finally be ready to have...

Tapping Into Innovative Practices to Feed the World: An Interview with Mark Muller

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Mark Muller, director of the Food and Society Fellows program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), talks with Nourishing the Planet's research intern, Abby Massey, about the global food system and the impact it has on farmers, hunger and the environment.

A New Vision for the 2012 Farm Bill?

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paula Crossfield

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, who last year called those who spend money on organic produce "dumb," may become the unlikely champion of a Farm Bill in 2012 that creates opportunities for sustainable farmers.

What Bill Clinton's Mea Culpa Should Mean

Ruth Messinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ruth Messinger

President Bill Clinton said at a recent Senate hearing that he regrets the impact in Haiti of the free trade policies that became a hallmark of his presidency.

Food-Borne Illnesses Cost U.S. $152 Billion Annually: Study

AP | SHANNON DININNY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

YAKIMA, Wash. — Food-borne illnesses, such as E. coli and salmonella, cost the United States $152 billion annually in health care and other loss...

Raj Patel: Food Sovereignty (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

2010-02-17-raj.jpg The author of The Value of Nothing explains what food sovereignty means, and why it is as much a fight for social and economic justice as it is a fight to protect the environment.

FDA Voices BPA Safety Concern In Reversal Of Bush-Era Stance: NYT Editorial

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

While waiting for the regulators to amass more conclusive evidence, wise consumers will try to avoid BPA....

Flu Season: Factory Farming Could Cause A Catastrophic Pandemic

Kathy Freston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kathy Freston

So far, only thousands of people have died from swine flu. Unless we radically change the way chickens and pigs are raised for food, though, it may only be a matter of time before a catastrophic pandemic arises.

The Obama Administration and Food, Year One

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

A year after Obama's election, advocates hoping for deep improvements in our food system can point to only a few successes, while other policies that could lead to food insecurity are brewing in back rooms.

Are You Eating In The Matrix?

Darya Pino, Ph.D | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darya Pino, Ph.D

Unplugging from the industrial food Matrix does not need to happen all at once, but you can extract yourself from it eventually. The first step is starting to see it clearly.

E. Coli, Salmonella and Other Deadly Bacteria and Pathogens in Food: Factory Farms Are the Reason

Kathy Freston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kathy Freston

It seems that things have gotten out of hand in our food production, especially in the livestock sector. In Part 2 of this interview, we discuss E. coli, Salmonella and other worrisome pathogens.

Sam Kass: The White House Chef Digs All Things Locavore | RACHEL L. SWARNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Still, proponents of sustainable farming and locally grown, organic foods are cheering Mr. Kass on. Dan Barber, the chef at Blue Hill in Greenwich Vil...

Obama's Chief Agricultural Negotiator Nominee a Pesticide Pusher

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

The Obama administration has chosen someone from an organization dedicated at all costs to chemical-based agriculture to represent our trade interests abroad.