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

Ellen Kanner | Posted 04.06.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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 02.26.2015 | 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).

The New Dietary Guidelines: Outrage and Yawns

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The advisory committee's recommendations inform the government's guidelines, and those affect policies, action and choices. They affect everything from school lunches to SNAP to the food industry, and also the way we personally fill our plate.

We're Fat And Sick And The Broccoli Did It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It's no big surprise that someone untrained in research methods would tell us all what the research really means and why the scientists on this committee -- all trained to do research and interpret it -- are just a bunch of hacks. But that the New York Times would allocate its imprimatur and rarefied real estate to an infomercial masquerading as an Op-Ed is a lamentably disappointing surprise.

Love the Hands that Feed You. 6 Tips for a More Sustainable Valentine's Day.

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

This Valentine's Day, before planning your romantic dinner or buying roses and chocolate, think about how your choices will affect the hands that feed you.

Breaking News: Bill In Congress Proposes End To Farm Animal Torture At Federal Labs

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The USDA is the agency tasked with enforcing the AWA at facilities that conduct biomedical research; therefore, if these same animals were used in a laboratory for human health research they would be protected under this federal law.

Bacon, Now With Toenails? USDA Inspectors Blow The Whistle On Pork Program

Food Integrity Campaign | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Food Integrity Campaign

Americans love pork. But they'd probably think twice about biting into that slice of bacon or Spam sandwich if they knew about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's high-speed slaughter program.

Feds Admit There's Probably Hog Poop, Hair, And Toenails In Your Pork

The Dodo | Posted 02.04.2015 | Green

Add this to the lengthy list of problems created by America's factory farming complex: poop, hair and toenails on your plate. ...

USDA's Meat Animal Research Center: An American Horror Story

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

This week, The New York Times published a comprehensive investigation into deplorable animal treatment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). It's appalling that such activities -- conducted with the goal of helping a private-sector industry turn a higher profit -- are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.

Starving and Torturing Animals With $22 Million of Your Tax Dollars

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

It should go without saying that the federal government should not be spending tens of millions of dollars to do research and development for the meat industry.

The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and the Agro-Industrial Complex

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Every day factory farms and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center inflicts shocking cruelties on animals. They don't want to have to modify their production methods one bit or give the animals even a few inches of extra space or a quick death.

Where We're Going

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

"Scale" and "scaling change" are terms that are thrown around so much in professional circles that they have become cliché. Yet, for all of us in the business of improving lives and building stronger communities, they are the terms that often are the source of both our frustration and our inspiration.

Browns Canyon Is a Sanctuary for Our Veterans

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 02.25.2015 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

I can't think of a better place to recover than on a stretch of the Arkansas River renowned for its prized trout fishing and incredible whitewater rafting.

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.

Chicken Processed In China May Soon Appear On Your Child's Lunch Tray

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Bettina Elias Siegel

Chinese-processed chicken can easily appear on school lunch trays, despite the USDA's initial statement to the contrary. That means we may be exposing an especially vulnerable population -- children -- to potential food safety risks.

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...

My Office Is in the Middle of a Desert

Tracy Hoover | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

Today is World Food Day, a United Nations-sponsored day of awareness and action focused on making sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

GMO Opponents File Suit to Block EPA Approved Enlist Duo Weed Killer

Jon Entine | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Jon Entine

Crop biotechnology critics and non-governmental (NGO) activist groups are threatening to go to court in an attempt to block the use of Dow AgroScience's Enlist Duo herbicide weed killer. The Environmental Protection Agency announced formal approval of the herbicides on Wednesday.

Top 7 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Start a Business at a Community College

Joe Kapp | Posted 12.13.2014 | Small Business
Joe Kapp

Community colleges, unlike traditional four-year institutions, have a long history of collaborating with businesses and workforce development in local communities. As a result, most community colleges already have significant experience working with businesses and can really help accelerate a new business' growth.

Commercial Beekeeper: No, The Bees Are Not Back up on Their Knees

Jeff Anderson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Jeff Anderson

For the survival of the entire beekeeping industry and the survival of the honeybee species, it does the world no service to shift the blame or divert attention from the problems we can easily solve. We need to act on what we can, and that must be by banning the pesticides that are killing our bees.