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Through Legislative Sleight of Hand, Horse Slaughter May Resume in the US

Liz O'Connell | Posted 07.31.2011 | Green
Liz O'Connell

For years public opinion polls have confirmed that most Americans are against the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Whether or not America...

Previewing The New USDA Food Pyramid

The Atlantic | Posted 07.31.2011 | Home

On May 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will be releasing a new "food icon" to replace the foodless and useless 2005 MyPyramid...

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on Growing Into Politics

Tom Fox | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Tom Fox

"It's important for people to know that I think government service is a noble undertaking and public servants work hard and care deeply about the people they're responsible for."

New USDA Cooking Temps Oversimplify, Change Little, Confuse Home Cooks

Meathead | Posted 07.26.2011 | Home
Meathead

If you follow USDA recommendations 100% you will be 100% safe and doomed to terrible steaks and lamb chops. And in its effort to make one set of easy to understand rules, the government has oversimplified.

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.

Brooklyn Group Vows Night Patrol To Stop Goose Gassing

Prospect Heights, NY Patch | Kristen v. Brown | Email the Author | 2:00pm | Posted 07.20.2011 | New York

A group of goose lovers is now planning to stand night watch over Prospect Park's geese -- even if it might mean breaking the law. A group of 40 or...

Pasture-Raised Dairy -- And Why It Makes Sense

Daniel Klein | Posted 07.20.2011 | Home
Daniel Klein

Earlier this week we posted the first in a series of short documentaries from around the country. Along with our weekly videos, we will be posting so...

Government Report: Less Than 1% of Cattle Killed by Native Carnivores and Domestic Dogs

Wendy Keefover-Ring | Posted 07.18.2011 | Denver
Wendy Keefover-Ring

Less than one percent of the American cattle inventory was lost to native carnivores in 2010. This calls into question the tens of millions per year taxpayers spend on lethal control of native carnivores.

Connecting the Dots: Novel GMO-Based Bug Threatens U.S. Food Supplies

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 07.16.2011 | Green
Alison Rose Levy

A newly discovered pathogen, visible only under an electron microscope, is destroying plants and undermining the health of livestock -- thereby posing...

Their Spray Rigs in a Twist

Ken Cook | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green
Ken Cook

It apparently doesn't occur to the pesticide-produce lobby that the reason sales for organic products have surged is because they taste better and don't deliver toxic pesticides into one's daily diet.

Face of a Giant Agribusiness

Noah Hultgren | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business
Noah Hultgren

According to some, I am a giant agribusiness -- the worst kind of factory farmer. But there's a lot more to this story than a 10-second sound bite would let on.

Do You Live in a Food Desert? New Map Exposes Areas Most at Risk

Valerie Jaffee | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
Valerie Jaffee

The Department of Agriculture just released a new online tool, the Food Desert Locator, which allows you to see whether your community lacks access to affordable, fresh and healthy food.

Almost 1 Million Californians Live In 'Food Deserts'

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Joanna Lin | Posted 07.05.2011 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Joanna Lin Nearly 1 million Californians live in "food deserts" where there is no nearby supermarke...

Organic Valley Accused Of Violating Organic Egg Standards

Slashfood | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home

Organic Valley, the nation's largest name-brand marketer of organic eggs, is being accused of misleading consumers about the living conditions of its ...

Big Olive Oil Brands Fail Quality Tests

Slashfood | Clare Leschin | Posted 06.15.2011 | Home

That premium extra-virgin olive oil you shelled out a little extra for may not be quite as premium as you'd hoped, according to a second study release...

How Two Chefs Are Changing The Industrial Food System

Chris Elam | Posted 06.13.2011 | Home
Chris Elam

If the ultimate goal is to make healthy food available to the greatest number of people, then where will the systemic changes that we need come from?

Watching the Future Wash Away

Donald Carr | Posted 06.13.2011 | Green
Donald Carr

Bad federal policy and intensifying storms are washing away the rich dark soils in the Midwest that made this country an agricultural powerhouse and that remain the essential foundation of a healthy and sustainable food system in the future.

USDA Suggests Testing Meat Before It Goes To Stores

Posted 06.06.2011 | Home

In an effort to reduce the amount of consumer illnesses and deaths due to contaminated meat, the USDA has announced a "test and hold" rule that will d...

Farm Subsidies Paid to the Members of the 112th Congress

Donald Carr | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

It's indefensible to provide subsidies to well-off farmers and landowners, especially in the face of a booming farm economy and a federal budget squeeze.

Green News Report: March 24, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Update on J...

New Lawsuit Filed Over GMO Alfalfa

Slashfood | Jason Best, Posted Mar 22nd 2011 @ 3:00PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The next skirmish over genetically modified foods is getting underway, pitting a coalition of environmental, consumer and food-safety groups against t...

The Heavy Hand of Inflation Has Descended. What Next?

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Living in our America is just becoming too unaffordable, with flat and decreasing wages for decades butting up against rising prices for just about everything. Something has got to give.

Weekly Pulse: 911 Is a Joke (Because It's Broke)

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger As the Great Blizzard of 2010 blanketed New York City, most residents were blissfully unaware that th...

The Low-Down on Downers and the USDA

Gene Baur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Gene Baur

Now is our chance to let the USDA know that we demand that action is taken to prevent downed animals from being abused and slaughtered for human food.

A Big Fat Debate

Kristin Wartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kristin Wartman

The low-fat trend finally appears to be on its way out. The notion that saturated fats are detrimental to our health is deeply embedded in our Zeitgeist -- but shockingly, the opposite just might be true.