The slaughter of animals too sick, injured, or weak to stand and walk on their own ("downers" as the industry calls them) at Central Valley Meats, a supplier for the USDA's national school lunch program, has justly raised concerns about the safety of the U.S. meat supply.
You may be unaware of a small produce-testing program tucked away at USDA. At a cost of only $4.5 million a year, it's one of the most efficient and successful uses of taxpayer dollars; and yet, it's been zeroed out of the 2013 budget.
The success of school-based feeding programs even in relatively good times can be dramatic. It's not just that they can erase malnutrition, they help reduce illiteracy. Well-fed children do better in school and miss fewer days.
Today, NRDC announces the winners of the 2012 Growing Green Awards. These awards celebrate the farmers, business owners, and bold thinkers who are transforming America's food system.
What are you doing in your home, your family, in your schools and communities to end the attack on our children and our nation's future? We have the power to take back our health.
Is offering a healthy snack the only idea in the farm bill that should matter to the food movement? Of course not.
Last Thanksgiving, I spent two days documenting hunger at three food pantries. At the first pantry, children in sweaters sweetly asked volunteers if t...
Several parts of this documentary made me bristle with fury. I felt both protective of these helpless victims and angry that the adults in charge were mostly dismissive.
National Nutrition Month is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. I wonder how many parents would choose "pink slime."
Now that the federal government has sought to get schools across the country to make healthier lunches, there's another tough question for us all: Will kids eat them?
It's time for Congress to stop turning their backs on our children's health and to step forward, be more deeply involved, resist the special interests and make children's nutrition a priority.
The trees will allow children in the San Francisco Bay Area to have access to local organic heirloom apples every fall, along with the opportunity to teach them about heirloom varieties and the different flavor of each tree.
Children need to learn to develop a taste for healthy foods both in and out of the home. Schools cannot be complicit in bombarding their students with poor food choices and undoing a parent's hard work.
The program will affect the nearly 32 million kids who participate in subsidized school lunch programs each day -- many of whom get half their daily calories from these meals. What's different?
Are the new school food standards ideal? No. Are districts being given enough money to really get the job done? No, again. But do we have some cause for celebration? Absolutely.
These changes help our kids see that we aren't just telling them to eat better -- we as a community are willing to invest in the food they are served at school to help them grow up as healthy, smart, and strong as they can.