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5 Food Labels All Meat-Eaters Should Understand

Well+GOOD | Posted 11.23.2015 | Taste

If you're a health-minded carnivore, you've probably found yourself standing in a grocery aisle, holding two options in your hands and puzzling over the labels. What, exactly, does free-range mean again? And is organic better?

The High Tech Hijacking of GMO Food Labeling

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

Despite the industrial food complex spending hundreds of millions on lobbying against labeling, three states have responded to the call from their voters and passed labeling laws. Vermont's laws will require that companies start labeling by July, 2016.

Andrew Pasquella: Scratching the Surface

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Andrew Pasquella's new paintings may not look like a return to basics. Their scored, shredded, black rubber skins are methodically violated by tearing, peeling, and the incisions of hand-held shrapnel scratching them to bits.

National Nutrition Policy, Imperiled By Bullies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The nation's official position for the next five years on diet for health is on the line, imperiled by bullies. I am speaking out simply because we don't know how many others, encountering the same forces, have decided doing so is not worth the abuse. I am speaking out because: it is.

Here's What Climate Change Could Do To Your Diet

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.21.2015 | Technology

Humans have been domesticating plants and animals for over 10,000 years, enabling our population to grow to over 7 billion people. Farmers around...

Learning Lifelong Healthy Eating in the School Lunchroom

Simin Nikbin Meydani | Posted 10.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Simin Nikbin Meydani

We all know there's a lot more than reading, writing and arithmetic that children learn in school. Until the national school lunch program was modified in 2010 nutrition hadn't been high on the list and now that is being threatened by efforts in Congress.

U.S. Challenged To Reduce Food Waste By 50 Percent By 2030

Associated Press | Lavanya Hinduja | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a goal Wednesday to cut the amount of food that Americans waste by 50 percent by 2030. "...

The USDA Called My Company A "Major Threat"

Josh Tetrick | Posted 09.14.2015 | Green
Josh Tetrick

The good folks at the USDA should fight for good food to be less expensive than crappy food. For carrots instead of greasy chips; maybe some whole grains instead of fractioned corn syrup.

1 In 7 U.S. Households Struggled To Afford Food Last Year: Report

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.10.2015 | Impact

One in seven U.S. households struggled to afford food last year, according to a new report. Yet, many families in need didn’t take advantage of...

Food Insecure Children Are More Likely To Be Obese

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living

It's a contradiction in the starkest terms. The nation's most food-insecure children are also at the greatest risk for childhood obesity, according t...

Addiction Science Can Help Us Understand the Bee Crisis

Nora Volkow | Posted 09.02.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Recent research now suggests that bees may be preferentially drawn to pesticide-laced foods as a result of reward mechanisms. It is a fascinating lesson in how knowledge gleaned from addiction science can inform our understanding of a global ecological crisis.

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.