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Slaughterhouses Must Euthanize Downer Cows, USDA Says

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES — The U.S Department of Agriculture is telling slaughterhouse veterinary inspectors to ensure cattle are euthanized when they are to...

USDA Continues to Lie About Pigford Fraud Despite Lawyer Statements

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

The fraud of Pigford is real. It's tens of millions of dollars, at least. The USDA knows about it. They aren't telling the truth and unfortunately, if we're going to get to the truth it's going to have to come from Republican-led hearings.

The Ag Hearings Are Over -- Is That All There Is?

Regina Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Regina Weiss

All told, more than 15,000 farmers, advocacy groups, and businesses submitted written comments. Hundreds of people attended each of the five public hearings held around the country since March.

Green News Report: December 7, 2010 (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: Happy Bir...

Why Anderson Cooper Botched the Billion Dollar Pigford Story

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lee Stranahan

One of the worst things about the racist charge is that too often, it's a distraction. A sideshow. In constructing their hyped up news segments, the mainstream TV shows miss the actual story.

Hijacking Humane

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Would you consider animals to be "humanely raised" if they were forced to spend their lives suffering from chronic leg problems and crippling lameness only to be later dipped into an electrified vat of water?

Ryan Grim

WATCH: GOP Lawmaker Calls Obama 'Very, Very Urban'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, referred to President Obama as "very, very urban," while charging that as a senator he gave special favor to ...

USDA Asked To Approve Non-Browning GMO Apple

AP | SHANNON DININNY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CASHMERE, Wash. — A Canadian biotechnology company has asked the U.S. to approve a genetically modified apple that won't brown soon after its sl...

UPDATED: Sarah Palin Wants the Government to Help Make Your Kids Fat

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

Mrs. Palin, you should know that the government is already telling us what to eat, and most of it is crap.

How Journalists Got The Cheese Lobbying Story Wrong

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

On November 7, The New York Times ran a front-page story by Michael Moss exposing what appears to be yet another sinister example of bureaucratic hypo...

If only children could vote. (VIDEO)

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

50 million people. According to the USDA, that's how many people are facing hunger, right here in our own communities. And more than 17 million of ...

USDA Sued Over Plantings Of Altered Sugar Beets

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Groups opposed to genetically modified foods sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Thursday over the agency's recent decision to allow lim...

Who Do You Really Pay for Your Food?

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth McVay Greene

Is it any surprise that farmers would seek the closer connection to consumers? Getting food to market has become relatively more expensive, while the share that the farmer earns has dropped off.

In Memory of Dr. Dean Wyatt: A Courageous Voice Against Cruelty

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Most of us have had the fortunate experience of meeting individuals, at one point or another in our lives, who demonstrated integrity and commitment o...

Veterans Advocates Reject Debt Commission's You're On Your Own Economics

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

At a time when we strive to honor generations of service, the Debt Commissions comes out with draconian cuts that will have drastic consequences for veterans and military families. They must be stopped.

Domino's Pizza and the USDA: The Bailout You Didn't Hear About

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kerry Trueman

The free market had spoken, and its collective voice said "Yuck!" But instead of standing by and letting Domino's slide deeper into an apparently well-deserved decline, the government chose to intervene with an infusion of cash and a profusion of cheese.

What Domino's Has In Common With Goldman & AIG

Kerry Trueman at Civileats.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

With the logos of Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Fannie Mae, Bank of America, and AIG on display behind him, Colbert applauded Domino's "for joining the gre...

Let's Ask Marion Nestle: Could The USDA Get Any Cheesier?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kerry Trueman

(With a click of her mouse, EatingLiberally's Kerry Trueman, aka kat, corners Dr. Marion Nestle, NYU professor of nutrition and author of Feed Your Pe...

In Farm Country, Democrats' Bitter Harvest

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

Just two years ago, Democratic political strategists defended passage of a status-quo farm subsidy bill by claiming it was essential to the survival o...

Your Dog Wants You to Vote

Mary Ann West | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Ann West

Why should you care what happens at the Missouri puppy mills, you ask? With one in every four dogs purchased at U.S. pet stores coming from Missouri dog factories, every state that sells dogs has suffered the negative effects.

Federal Audit Finds Rampant Abuses of Show Horses; Agency Reform Promised

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Wayne Pacelle

Horse show industry groups are certified by the USDA to hire, train and license inspectors who are responsible for examining horses at shows for illegal soring.That's right, industry self-regulation.

Relief for Abused Calves: Remembering An Investigation and Those Behind It

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

This Saturday, Oct. 30, it will be one year since The Humane Society of the United States' investigation into the Bushway calf slaughter plant shutter...

Playing for Keeps: Students Who Rock Hunger

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

Last week, as Midnight Madness showcased college basketball players with visions of massive wealth and self-indulgence written all over their face...

Ag Department Proposal Threatens Animal Welfare

Temple Grandin, Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Temple Grandin, Ph.D

As a scientist who has dedicated her life to improving livestock welfare, I am extremely alarmed that the USDA has paid so little attention to the animal welfare implications of their Humane Slaughter Act.

Proposed Sulfite Amendment Weakens Organic Standards

Ronnie Cummins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ronnie Cummins

This article was written by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association's Political Director. Take action to keep synthetic sulfites out of orga...