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U.S. Injects More Money Into High-Speed Internet Plan

Posted 10.22.2011 | Technology

MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP/THE HUFFINGTON POST (RICHMOND, Va.) -- Telecommunications companies in 16 states will share more than $103 million in federal f...

National Weather Services Predicts Onslaught Of Biggest Floods In Over A Decade

AP | By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS | Posted 08.02.2011 | Denver

GRAND COULEE DAM, Wash. -- The giant concrete dams of the Pacific Northwest are overflowing with water. Wyoming has deployed National Guard troops to ...

No Quick Subsidies Fix for Food System

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Wenonah Hauter

From chefs and policy wonks to teachers and bloggers, everyone interested in food has an opinion on subsidies and how to craft the 2012 Farm Bill.

Time To Stop Lacing Our Chicken Feed With Arsenic?

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As a jaded observer of the meat industry, even I'm flummoxed by this fact: It's standard practice on factory chicken farms to dose those unfortunate b...

Bittman: Why Aren't G.M.O. Foods Labeled?

Mark Bittman in the New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

If you want to avoid sugar, aspartame, trans-fats, MSG, or just about anything else, you read the label. If you want to avoid G.M.O.'s -- genetically ...

Food Prices Causing Unrest As World Governments React

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BEIJING/SEOUL (By Niu Shuping, Tom Miles and Kim Yeonhee) - China dumped plans to import several million tonnes of expensive corn in 2011 and South Ko...

Will Killing This Invasive Plant Harm Bees?

AP | DAVID RUNK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

DETROIT — An effort to fight an invasive plant with insects that eat it has drawn opposition from beekeepers who worry it will leave them withou...

U.S. Hunger Remains At Record High, Religious Leader Hopeful

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Whitney Jones Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of Americans struggling with hunger remained stable in 2009 despite the economic d...

PHOTOS: States Where Food Stamp Usage Has Exploded

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's an unfortunate fact of the recession -- as unemployment remains high and foreclosures mount, states have noticed a striking increase in the usage...

Rush People Who Have 1-2 Drinks To AA?

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stanton Peele

Given that heavy drinkers often don't become "normal" drinkers on their own, the takeaway message for clinicians and family members is to help connect a problem drinker to a community social service agency or Alcoholics Anonymous.

WATCH: New Program Encourages Snacking In Class To Teach Healthful Eating

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

No eating during class... except if it's a plum or a stick of celery, an increasing number of schools are telling students. More than 130 elementary ...

While Warning About Fat, US Pushes Cheese Sales

The New York Times | MICHAEL MOSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Domino's Pizza was hurting early last year. Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst t...

Aurora Organic Dairy, Several National Chains, Face Lawsuit

AP | CHRISTOPHER LEONARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

ST. LOUIS — Dairy consumers who sued several national chains and the largest U.S. provider of store-brand organic milk claiming they falsely lab...

Rocky Mountain Natural Meats Recalls

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

HENDERSON, Colo. — A Colorado company has recalled 66,000 pounds of bison meat sold nationwide after federal agriculture officials linked it to ...

Cowboys Versus Packers This Week -- And We're Not Talking Football

Mabel Dobbs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mabel Dobbs

A tiny handful of giant meatpackers and processors have been underpaying and unfairly treating livestock producers for decades. These packers control the livestock markets.

Feeding Hungry Children During The Summer: An Electronic Benefits Card?

AOL News | Judy Pasternak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON (Aug. 23) -- Acknowledging that the hunger faced by millions of American students during the summertime is "a catastrophe," the top nutriti...

Princeton Mistreated Lab Primates, Report Says

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently discovered that Princeton University was mishandling primates used in animal research. According to the in...

Snookered: Right-Wing Propaganda and the Truth About Shirley Sherrod

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Sherrod is the victim here and deserves to be compensated. The blame rests with Breitbart, but accountability must ultimately be demanded of the highest reaches of the government.

Michael Bennet Seeks To Increase Federal Funding For healthier School Lunches

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

THORNTON, Colo. — A Colorado senator and a federal official are hitting a public-school cafeteria for lunch to promote a bill to get healthier f...

Obama's USDA Less Transparent Than Bush's

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

The Environmental Working Group has worked hard to track the billions lavished on the wealthiest and largest farm operations in the country, in the ho...

U.s Circuit Court of Appeals To Hear Arguments On Forest Roads Rule

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — Lawyers for the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association say a 2001 federal rule banning construction of new roads on Natio...

Ted Turner Gets 88 Bison From Yellowstone

AP | MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

BILLINGS, Mont. — Billionaire Ted Turner is getting 88 Yellowstone National Park bison from a faltering Montana program that was supposed to put...

Water Environment Protection Efforts Must Be Collaborative

Michael Deane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Deane

Let me ask you a question. When someone asks where your water comes from, do you point to your kitchen faucet, or does your mind go to the lake 30 min...

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...

Webcam Of Shame

Jim Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Kennedy

The Webcam of Shame (or "I Am My Brother's Keeper-Cam" or "The Eyes Of God-Cam") would bring the terrible reality of 21st century poverty and disease right into our homes and workplaces.