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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...

Chief Scientists: U.S. Can Remain Innovation Leader in Science's 'Endless Frontier'

Dr. Richard W. Spinrad | Posted 08.06.2015 | Science
Dr. Richard W. Spinrad

Seventy years ago, the Administration of President Harry S. Truman released a groundbreaking report on the heels of the World War II Victory in Europe that sparked a scientific revolution in America.

End Roadside Zoos in Pennsylvania

Cathy Kangas | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green
Cathy Kangas

We urge the public not to patronize these attractions. Places that fail to treat animals humanely are not worthy of our support.

World Population Day: Addressing Food Deserts in the Land of Plenty

Brian Kennell | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

More than 6.5 million American children live in food deserts. Making it possible for those children to get leafy greens, milk, juice and fresh fruit on their tables at home and experience food security will require still more education, innovation and effort on the part of many of the companies and organizations involved in the supply chain.

USDA Does Diets Differently, Moves Off Meat

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With the United States Department of Agriculture announcing meat substitutes in school lunches nationwide, replacing meat with equally protein-rich alternatives, we're starting to witness a sea change in national dietary guidelines. And it's about time. Our current approach to diets is unsustainable.

Bridging the Gap Between Summer & Hunger

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 07.01.2015 | Education
Linda Novick O'Keefe

When we think about summer, many of us think about baseball games, BBQs and family vacations. For some families, summer can also be a time of uncertainty and hunger. Feeding and taking care of the people that need help in our own country, in our own communities, has always been important to me.

Beagles Need Our Help

Cathy Kangas | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Cathy Kangas

Life for a beagle in a lab is barren and monotonous; the cages are small with artificial light and ventilation. These animals never feel the sunshine, breathe fresh air or run through the grass. The boredom they experience can lead to stress-induced behaviors.

Hillary vs. Bernie on Frankenfood

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Food is a good reason for Democrats and Republicans to abscond from their "politics as usual" party loyalties and vote for Bernie Sanders, the 38-year Independent running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary.

Serving More Summer Meals in Rural and Tribal Areas

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Sec. Tom Vilsack

According to Feeding America, 43 percent of counties are rural, but they make up nearly two-thirds of counties with high rates of child food insecurity. The consequences are significant.

Drs. W. vs. Dr. Pepper for World Environment Day

Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS | Posted 06.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS

Last week, I attended the annual International Conference on Culinary Arts and Sciences in Montclair, N.J. Occurring for the first time in the United ...

The U.S. Government Is Calling This Dessert A S'Mores

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 06.12.2015 | Taste

Officials in Washington may have good intentions, but they've messed with the wrong American treat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently pos...

Earth: Cruise Ship or Life Boat?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With more than seven billion of us established here, with California drying up, with climate changing and traditional crops failing, with extinctions accelerating and with environmental stresses globally near the breaking point, earth is no longer an unsinkable, titanic cruise ship.

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.

Will the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Support Meatless Mondays? A Food Policy Expert Weighs In

Diana K. Rice | Posted 05.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Diana K. Rice

With the updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans due out later this year, Michele Simon has been working to ensure that the guidelines are based on science, not meat and sugar lobby pressure. She recently spoke with me about what the guidelines might ultimately say about meat consumption and what consumers can do to be part of the process.

'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...

Dietary Guidelines for Which Americans?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

At this point, the lid is off the box, and we know sustainability is a concern. We only have two choices: honor that concern, or dismiss it -- and knowingly eat at the expense of those to follow us.

Tell the Feds: 'Yes to Less Meat, More Plants'

Michele Simon | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Michele Simon

Science and public health could finally prevail in federal dietary advice Every five years the federal government updates the Dietary Guidelines for ...

A Thousand Angry Women Say No to Genetically Engineered Trees

Rachel Smolker | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
Rachel Smolker

An open letter from Brazilian civil society was delivered, a supporting letter came from international groups. All in all, more than 100,000 protest letters made the resistance and opposition to GE trees loud and clear. But Brazil did not heed.

Meatless Monday: World Health Day -- Making All Health Break Loose

Ellen Kanner | Posted 06.06.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Individual food choices are a big wellness factor. If you want to get serious about your health, get a jump on World Heath Day tomorrow by making today meatless.

The Government Is Revising The Definition Of Farming

AP | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is revising its definition of what it means to farm, meaning some people who receive farm subsidies but don't do an...

USDA Reports Virulent Strain Of Avian Flu In Kansas Poultry

Reuters | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO, March 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified the first infection of a virulent strain of avian f...

USDA Bans New Research Projects At Livestock Center Until Animal Welfare Improved

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green

By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO, March 9 (Reuters) - No new research projects will begin at the U.S. government's key livestock study cente...

President Obama Meets With African American Civil Rights, Political and Religious Leaders

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

The White House group's agenda was deep--with racial concerns about criminal justice, agriculture, education, health care and economic development when African American leaders met with President Barack Obama last week.

Arthur Delaney

Obama Administration Trying New Ways To Fight Child Hunger

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Nutrition Panel Urges Americans to Eat Green, Limit Sugar, Drink Coffee and More

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The report by the committee eased certain restrictions (those for cholesterol, total fat, and coffee) and stressed limits for other restrictions (such as those for added sugar and saturated fat).