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The High Tech Hijacking of GMO Food Labeling

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

Despite the industrial food complex spending hundreds of millions on lobbying against labeling, three states have responded to the call from their voters and passed labeling laws. Vermont's laws will require that companies start labeling by July, 2016.

U.S. Challenged To Reduce Food Waste By 50 Percent By 2030

Associated Press | Lavanya Hinduja | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a goal Wednesday to cut the amount of food that Americans waste by 50 percent by 2030. "...

In Support of School Lunch

Madeleine Daepp | Posted 09.07.2015 | Politics
Madeleine Daepp

The implementation of the new standards has been accompanied by real concerns about food waste, and it will never be easy to decide just how much our nation is willing to spend on children's lunches. But renewing the child nutrition programs means supporting beautifully bipartisan goals.

Tom Vilsack Eats Whole Grain Pasta, Wants Your Children To Eat It

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress has until the end of the month to reauthorize the law that gives 30 million free or low-cost lunches to American schoolchildre...

Forest Service Says Massive Wildfires Are Burning Through Its Budget

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Forest Service projects that the cost of fighting wildfires could rise to $1.8 billion in the next decade, reflecting fire sea...

Tom Vilsack On Food Stamp Lawsuit: 'Gov. Walker Hasn't Read The Law'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is making a big mistake with his lawsuit against the federal government over drug testing food stamp recipient...

Delaying TPA Threatens Rural Economy

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Today, our farmers, ranchers and rural communities are more prosperous and successful thanks to strong trade agreements.

US Dietary Guidelines: Historic Battle for People and Planet

Christiana Wyly | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Christiana Wyly

Never before have the dietary guidelines garnered so much public attention, and for good reason.

'Green News Report' - April 28, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.28.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Devastation and rescue in Nepal after massive earthquake; March 2015 th...

Kate Sheppard

Environment 'Has Never Been A Partisan Issue' For EPA Administrator | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before joining the Obama administration, Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy was a high-ranking official for two Republic...

Pat Roberts' Cell Goes Off During A Hearing, Revealing His Amazing Ringtone Choice

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) apparently forgot to silence his cell phone during work Thursday, because his ringtone, "Let It Go" from the Disney movie "F...

Arthur Delaney

Obama Administration Trying New Ways To Fight Child Hunger | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Can bigger food stamp benefits alleviate child hunger in rural Kentucky? U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that th...

Getting Covered Is Good for Rural America

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Living in a rural community shouldn't have to come with a hefty price tag for health care.

New Emails Show White House Role In Resignation Of Former USDA Employee

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 2010 email from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department was "waiting for the go-ahead" from the White House before...

How Obama Cut the Deficit in Half -- And Made Us Pay the Price

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Barack Obama deserves credit for delivering on his promise to shrink the deficit -- a promise that Mitt Romney and his tax cuts would surely have violated -- but Americans have to ask themselves whether they really want a smaller government.

Does Rep. Poe Want to Undermine the Financial Stability of School Meal Programs?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Trying to fund school activities or charities at the expense of children's health is unconscionable. I can only hope that Congress realizes that the BAKE SALE Act will not only damage the health of our children but the financial health of the very school lunch programs we've worked hard to improve.

Farm To Fork Across America: Bridging the Local Meat Gap in Reno, Part II

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 10.18.2014 | Home
Julie Ann Fineman

The thought of visiting Wolf Pack Meats conjured up vivid childhood memories. My father, a veterinarian and my grandfather, proprietor of a California slaughter house and meatpacking plant, exposed me to the inner workings of both ends of life's spectrum at an early age.

Bringing the Promise of Healthy School Meals to More Children This Fall

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Sec. Tom Vilsack

For many kids, the meals they get at school may be the only nutritious meals they receive that day -- and when children receive proper nourishment, they are not only healthier, but they also have better school attendance and perform better academically.

Are Transition Plans Code for Climate Change Backtracking?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

The USDA Forest Service is pushing through the sale of nearly 6,200 acres of Tongass rainforest's old growth timber for 10-15 years of logging. Only a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department investigation is forestalling the tragic event.

Adults, Including Congress, Also Need to Make the Right Choices

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Parents count of schools to "do right" by our children and to ensure that, just as kids learn reading and math skills that lay the foundation for later learning and success, healthy eating is taught and modeled throughout the school day as well. This is important for all kids, but especially for low-income children.

Subpoenas To Agriculture Secretary Stand In Breitbart Suit

AP | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has turned aside an administration effort to quash subpoenas to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, whose testimony is bein...

Obama Administration Presses New Funding Plan For Wildfires

AP | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics

DENVER (AP) — As the Obama administration pushes Congress to ensure that enough money is available to fight destructive wildfires, the U.S. Forest S...

Agriculture Secretary Subpoenaed In Racist Video Suit

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been subpoenaed in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart. Former USDA e...

Why It's Time To Dump The 'Filthy Chicken Rule'

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
J. David Cox Sr.

Do you think any human can adequately inspect three birds every second to ensure they are free of feathers, feces, lesions, bile and other contaminants?

U.S. to Help Ukraine by Importing Hemp

Ben Droz | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Ben Droz

Two birds with one stone: we help Ukraine by importing hemp seeds, and then boost our own economy by giving farmers and industry a new crop and resource.