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Got Organics? Re-Thinking the Proposed Organic Checkoff Program

Douglas J. Bruggeman | Posted 07.03.2016 | Green
Douglas J. Bruggeman

"Got Milk" and "Beef, It's What's for Dinner" ad campaigns have become part of the American culture, but few realize they are paid for by the USDA Checkoff programs.

Fat Headlines: 10 Things the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines Really Say

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

Last week there was another barrage of headlines in the media certain to confuse the public about whether cholesterol and animal fats in general are t...

What's for Thanksgiving? Hopefully Not More Crippling Pain for Poultry Workers

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.26.2014 | Home
Rena Steinzor

Workers who suffer grave ergonomic injuries from the repetitive motions of hanging, cutting, and packing the birds would endure conditions that are two or three times worse than the status quo.

7 Strategies for Reducing Water Waste

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.18.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

March 22, 2013 is the 20th anniversary of World Water Day. In honor of this important anniversary, this week Food Tank: The Food Think Tank is highlighting 7 Strategies for Reducing Water Waste.

Horse Slaughterhouse Seeks Approval From USDA

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 03.01.2013 | Business

In recent weeks, consumers in the United States may have been relieved to know the discovery of horse meat in products labeled all-beef was relegated ...

The Perfect Storm: How the Pink Slime Debacle Created Food System Change

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home
Nancy Huehnergarth

Inciting grassroots involvement in food system issues is critical -- yet, until the pink slime debacle, consumer uprisings have mostly eluded the movement. Why did this issue create such a powerful consumer reaction?

'MyPlate' Has Its Cracks

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 08.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

On June 2, a colorful plate replaced the food pyramid as the official icon representing U.S. Dietary Guidelines, and that's generally good news. But there are some conceptual chips and cracks in this new dinnerware.  

Agricultural Policy Should Fuel Health, Not Epidemics!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

In 2009, USDA spent more than twice as much buying meat and dairy as it did on fruits and vegetables. What that means is that the USDA used taxpayers' money to buy about $1.5 billion worth of meat and dairy.

Does Factory Farming Have a Future?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 06.13.2011 | Home
Kerry Trueman

Most people like meat and want to eat it, and do so the minute they get enough money to buy it. I think a more realistic question is this: Can factory farming be done better?

First Lady's Food Vision 'At Best Fragmented, At Worst A Failure'

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Mrs. Obama's vision for healthy food is at best fragmented and at worst a failure. She does not address the root causes of our broken food system, where a few powerful players make all of the decisions about what we eat.

It's Alive! That Roof is Alive!

David Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Becker

You want to do the right thing. Eat locally and sustainably 12 months of the year. Easy enough in California, but you live in Vermont or even New York -- where winter settles in early and leaves late.

You and I Call It Hunger; USDA Calls It Food Insecurity

David Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David Becker

A USDA report released Monday found the highest rate of food insecurity in 13 years. Almost one in six American households, or 17 million households, are food insecure.

Bring In the Organic Police

David Bronner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Bronner

Just as America woke up to Wall Street abuses in the housing bubble, we are set to see the "organic" personal care bubble burst as well.

E. Coli: Woman Paralyzed After Severe Food Poisoning; The Unsafe System, Meat

The New York Times | Michael Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Stephanie Smith, a children's dance instructor, thought she had a stomach virus. The aches and cramping were tolerable that firstday, and she finished...

Snack Attack: U.S. Schools Should Rethink Vending Machines Right Now!

Susan Weissman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Weissman

it just doesn't make sense to encourage a child to run a soccer field with the "empty calories" of Doritos in her stomach. Some schools around the U.S. are addressing that health contradiction.

In Schools, the Chance to Change What Our Children Eat

Jilly Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jilly Stephens

Many students are ashamed to be singled out as eating free or reduced-price meals. Congress must vote to make school meals universal and provide free meals to all students at eligible schools.

Guns, Germs, and Squeals

Joseph LeDoux | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph LeDoux

I learned what a brain was by digging bullets out of them as a kid in my father's meat market. That was before mad cow disease, when most people thought cow brains were a tasty delight.

Lincolnesque Vision Needed for USDA People's Gardens

Rose Hayden-Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rose Hayden-Smith

As a result of Lincoln's vision, a national department of agriculture was formed. Now, the USDA should lead the way in reviving a national gardening effort now. And we should all answer the call to service by participating.

The Kindest Cut

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

When it comes to human-wildlife conflicts, I am quite sure we can do better at the state and federal levels than the programs built around large-scale killing of wildlife.