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Getting Covered Is Good for Rural America

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 11.20.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 10.20.2014 | 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 10.17.2014 | 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 10.15.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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.

Most Foods Labeled 'Natural' Actually Contain GMOs

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business

By Carey Gillam Oct 7 (Reuters) - A majority of U.S. packaged foods labeled as "natural" and tested by Consumer Reports actually conta...

Shame the Devil (Pt. 1)

Julia Orr | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Julia Orr

In what can only be described as a terrifying ordeal, monkeys are subjected to horrendous conditions including unfamiliar noise, inadequate food and water supplies, poor ventilation and temperature extremes. Having first been either ripped violently from the wild or bred in terrible foreign breeding facilities, their journey only ends in hell.

Does Rep. Poe Want to Undermine the Financial Stability of School Meal Programs?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Trying to fund school activities or charities at the expense of children's health is unconscionable. I can only hope that Congress realizes that the BAKE SALE Act will not only damage the health of our children but the financial health of the very school lunch programs we've worked hard to improve.

Mayo Clinic Cited For Accidentally Burning Monkey During Research

AP | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Mayo Clinic has been cited by federal authorities for accidentally burning a monkey during a research procedure. ...

The Increasing Threat of Factory Farms

Rachel Avalon | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green
Rachel Avalon

With ugly politics and intense greed blocking the way, it's up to us to turn things around and vote with our forks to better protect our own health, each other, and the planet we (as well as countless species) call home.

Grim Report From Laboratory Handling Ebola

Julia Orr | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Julia Orr

The report is grim reading; even grimmer for the animals that died at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute located in Albuquerque, NM.

USDA Works To Stop Import, Sale Of Illegal Giant African Snails

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collec...

United States Moves to End Puppy Mill Imports

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 10.15.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Dogs and their puppies are not breeding machines, nor cash crops. Our laws should reflect that sensibility, and with today's announcement, we've taken a major step as a nation to protect dogs from cruelty at home and abroad.

Building a Community of Truth-Tellers to Answer Daunting 'What's for Dinner' Question (VIDEO)

Food Integrity Campaign | Posted 10.11.2014 | Green
Food Integrity Campaign

By AMANDA HITT Across the nation, millions of Americans are asking the age-old question: "What's for dinner?" It used to be as simple as choosing bet...

Obama Administration Turns Its Back on Poultry Processing Workers

Rena Steinzor | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

Only in Washington, D.C. is nothing portrayed as something. Out in the nation, not so much. And so it was late last week that the Obama Administration took a victory lap for not making life even more miserable for some of the most abused workers in America.

Farmers Markets and Urban Agriculture -- Sharing the Bounty

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 10.06.2014 | Home
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

By growing food locally and giving underserved urban neighborhoods access to fresh produce, jobs are created, local economies are strengthened by circulating dollars within the community, the harmful effects of food deserts are reduced, and consumers become engaged in learning how food is grown.

Forget What You Think You Know About Food Safety -- Debunking Common Myths

Buck Wargo | Posted 10.05.2014 | Home
Buck Wargo

What your mother taught you about food safety is probably wrong. Did you know you don't ever wash raw chicken? It's time to get serious about food safety.

Meredith Melnick

What The Government Got Wrong About Nutrition -- And How It Can Fix It

HuffingtonPost.com | Meredith Melnick | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living

Americans have been gorging themselves on unhealthy junk food, leading to high rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease. New dietary guidelines co...

Photo Guide to School Lunch -- A Walk Through the School Nutrition Association Expo

Michele Simon | Posted 09.30.2014 | Home
Michele Simon

I recently attended the annual meeting of the School Nutrition Association, the trade group that represents the 55,000 food service workers who have the thankless job of feeding millions of schoolchildren every day.

Making School Nutrition a Political Issue Has Distorted Reality in Our Cafeterias

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

It's hard to imagine the law's vocal supporters intended that it would result in student boycotts of school lunches, higher meal prices, food wasted or discarded and school districts scrambling to identify funds to comply with unfunded regulations.

You Need to Know: What Do Natural, Local and Organic Mean?

Eve Turow | Posted 09.16.2014 | Home
Eve Turow

Today's consumers are increasingly concerned with where their food comes from, and demand for "organic," "local" and "natural" foods is on the rise. But what do those labels really mean?

Bringing the Promise of Healthy School Meals to More Children This Fall

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Sec. Tom Vilsack

For many kids, the meals they get at school may be the only nutritious meals they receive that day -- and when children receive proper nourishment, they are not only healthier, but they also have better school attendance and perform better academically.

Department of Agriculture Sends Misguided Fiasco of a Poultry Processing Rule to the White House

Rena Steinzor | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

The millions of consumers who eat undercooked chicken at their peril and the beleaguered workers in these dank, overcrowded, and dangerous plants can only hope the president's people come to their senses over there and kill this misguided fiasco.