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Big Barack Bummer

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

It's disappointing that the Obama Administration is not providing the visionary leadership on agriculture, like it is in some many other policy areas.

Three Reasons for Hope in Copenhagen

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alexia Parks

The requirement for the U.S. Congress to sign off on any document produced at Copenhagen for it to legally bind us to those agreements, is another reason why I'm hopeful.

Vermont Slaughterhouse Closed For Inhumane Treatment Of Calves

AP | DAVE GRAM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A Vermont slaughterhouse ordered closed Friday after video showed calves kicked, shocked and cut while conscious had its opera...

USDA Allows Meat In Schools that Doesn't Meet Fast Food Chains' Standards

Dave Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Murphy

How is it that the U.S. can put a man on the moon, but can't seem to feed its children school lunches that are no healthier than the food served at McDonald's or Jack in the Box?

Is Obama Ready to Take on Factory Farming?

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

Are animal factories here to stay? Whatever the Obama team decides to do -- or not do -- could have a huge impact on the way we raise food animals in America for decades to come.

Groups Rally To End Tongass Forest Timber Sales

AP | MARY PEMBERTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Nearly a dozen conservation groups are appealing to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to put a stop to two timber sales...

PolitiFact: Glenn Beck Wrong On Claim About Obama Cabinet

PolitiFact | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck has seized on a claim circulating on the Internet to argue that the Obama administration has little understanding o...

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.

"Local": A Word Worth Saving!

Mike Callicrate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Callicrate

Most don't realize how dramatically food quality has declined under the industrial food system. They, too, often hide behind the false and misleading marketing provided by their food service company.

Vilsack Indicates Openness To Colorado Exception To Roadless Rule

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday gave the strongest indication to date that the draft of Colorado's roadless rule, which all...

Letter Urges Vilsack To Protect Forests

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The Heritage Forests Campaign urges environmentalists to sign the following letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. It encourages his him to u...

Putting the Keystone Back on Our Wildlands Legacy

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Vilsack acknowledged for the first time that climate change and fragmentation are a serious threat to the health of our forests.

Wildfire Outbreaks Spark Debate Over Roads In National Parks

The Colorado Independent | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

VAIL -- A small but scary wildfire that broke out in the national forest above West Vail Friday afternoon perfectly underscored the ongoing debate bet...

African Food Security? USAID Has Used Taxpayer Money to Fund GMOs Abroad Since 1991

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Africans can look to India to see what a future of relying on biotech seeds looks like. There, a depleted water table, poisoned waterways and farmer suicides have been the result of the first Green Revolution.

Real Progress, 30 Years in the Making

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

For the first time, I can see that the fight for equitable food access is winnable.

Obama Administration Approves First Logging Contract In Alaska's Tongass National Forest

Huffington Post | Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This week, the Obama administration approved the sale of timber in a roadless national forest in Alaska. The Tongass National Forest is a 17 million a...

Cleaning Up Our Forests

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

We've spent $2 billion since 2000 without reducing the number of forest acres burned, homes destroyed, or firefighters killed. President Obama's new forest chief is badly needed.

Sorry, Congress: Change Can't Wait

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

It clear that the Obama administration doesn't intend to let business as usual at the Forest Service threaten our remaining pristine public forests.

The Doctor With A Dirty Prescription To Purge Our Bodies, And Our Planet

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Until we start celebrating earth with a small "e" everyday, all the compact fluorescent light bulbs and reusable shopping bags and hybrid cars and stainless steel water bottles in the world won't cut it.

Aw, Nuts: The FDA Pistachio Scare Nightmare

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

It seems that the FDA done did it again! Or didn't do it... what they're supposed be doing, that is, mainly regulate and prevent widespread contamination of our food supply from harmful microbes and bacteria.

Kathleen Merrigan, Vilsack's Number Two, Is A Sustainable Food Pro

gourmet.com | Photograph by | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

What a difference a few months make. Advocates of sustainable agriculture are now ecstatic about President Obama's decision to appoint Kathleen Merrig...

The Battle Over Sliced Apples: New York Senators Gillibrand and Aubertine Take Secretary Vilsack to Task on School Food

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

No, Gillibrand and Aubertine aren't lobbying for the Corn Refiners Association -- they are pushing for local food.

Shooting the Bird of Peace into Pieces

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

There's simply no good reason to legalize dove hunting. Doves are not overpopulated, they don't damage property or cause nuisance problems, and there's no management justification.

Change We Can Believe In, or a Second Helping of the Same-Old?

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

I hate to put a damper on your inaugural enthusiasm, but the time to act is now if we hope to at least have someone with an interest in building a better food system at the table.

California Leadin'

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

There are problems with animal agriculture that still need attention, including painful mutilation of animals without anesthesia, the rampant use of antibiotics on factory farms, and waste generated by these operations.