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Major Chicken Producer Recalls A Whopping 4.6 Million Pounds Of Chicken

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 04.27.2016 | Healthy Living

Food corporation Pilgrim's Pride is recalling 4,568,080 pounds of its chicken that may be contaminated with plastic, wood, rubber and metal, the U.S. ...

Dysfunction in Development Aid Runs Deep

Kindra Mohr | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Kindra Mohr

Co-authored by Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Founder and Executive Director of Accountability Counsel, a non-profit organization that amplifies the voices...

End Summer Child Hunger Now!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Spring is almost in full swing and summer is just around the corner. Millions of children in America can't wait for summer vacation, but for millions of poor children who rely on school meals it's a mixed blessing.

USDA Gives America A Failing Grade In Eating Well

Modern Farmer | Posted 04.04.2016 | Taste
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Modern Farmer

Nick Amoscato, Flickr TusaRebecca Schap, a lead nutritionist at the USDA, composed a blog post that's getting a bit of attention: It reminds us of ...

Is the Senate About to Pass a Law That Discriminates Against Over Half of Americans?

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

What would you think of a law that clearly discriminates against rural Americans, lower income Americans, minorities and the elderly -- no chance of getting passed, right? Wrong. The Senate is poised to pass such a bill.

USDA Nutrition: Where We've Been and Where We're Going Next

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

Since Secretary Vilsack invited me to join him at USDA as Under Secretary of Food and Nutrition Consumer Services (FNCS), not only have we helped to bring America back from the brink of a second economic depression, we have also worked to institutionalize more opportunities and pathways directed at helping states assist consumers and expand direct access to healthy and affordable food.

Eating Enough Fruits And Veggies Isn't Nearly As Expensive As You Think

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.22.2016 | Taste

As long as the U.S. government has been offering nutrition advice, Americans have essentially ignored it. Have you eaten enough vegetables today? The ...

Big Pork vs. Consumers: Whose Side Is the USDA on?

Erica Meier | Posted 02.19.2016 | Green
Erica Meier

The USDA is happy to hand over much of its verification authority, then turn a blind eye to the abuse that inevitably continues when they're not watching.

Diet Guidance in America: Of, By, And for What People?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have every reason to expect, and right to demand, that dietary guidelines for health be born of the best available science, be produced by the best experts, and be relevant for all the people.

Time for U.S. Regulators to Get Serious About Safety of Popular Pesticide

Carey Gillam | Posted 02.17.2016 | Science
Carey Gillam

Politics should not trump public safety, and the FDA's move to measure residues in the American diet provides some measure of hope that regulators are at least listening to consumer concerns. How much weed killer is carried from the farm field into our food supply is information the public deserves to know.

Equipment Needed to Help Schools Serve Healthier Meals, Strengthen Child Nutrition

Alexis Glick | Posted 02.15.2016 | Education
Alexis Glick

Over the past seven years, we've made great progress to improve child nutrition. Obesity rates have fallen and the bipartisan work of Congress has helped move the needle on child nutrition legislation.

An Iowa Notebook: Food and Politics on My Mind

Damon Cory-Watson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Green
Damon Cory-Watson

As we head into the Iowa caucus today, the intersection of food and politics couldn't be more apparent. Is it possible for Federal policy makers to really work to improve our food system?

Innovation Challenge Developers Turn USDA Data into Ag-Inspired Apps

Brian Milne | Posted 01.28.2016 | Technology
Brian Milne

In true agriculture form, a handful of developers have harvested newly available ag production data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to produce online applications that help aggies be more successful in the face of climate change.

Take Back Your Plate

Suzy Amis Cameron | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Suzy Amis Cameron

Let's take our power back from a government who no longer has our best interests at heart. Let's take back our health, our community's health, and our planet's health. It's time to take back our plates.

Experts Weigh In On The Government's New Dietary Rules

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living

As of today, as far as the government is concerned, it is no longer possible to eat "too much" total fat. You don’t have to worry about the choleste...

Environmentalism and Democracy

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Evaggelos Vallianatos

American environmentalists are probably the best of Americans. They have the scientific knowledge and interest to keep ecosystems functioning for the services they provide: clean water, clean air, and good and healthy food.

Are You Sure That Holiday Turkey Is 'Free Range'?

Dena Jones | Posted 12.23.2015 | Green
Dena Jones

It is understandable that producers may need to keep birds indoors under certain circumstances, but when this happens, the claim should not appear on the product -- and consumers should not be paying more for a benefit to animals that does not exist.

How the Federal Budget Package Protects Animals

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 12.19.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

The federal spending omnibus package President Obama signed today represents months of negotiations by the House and Senate. And while some of the loudest and largest passengers on that omnibus include defense spending, tax reform, and homeland security, a number of critical animal causes fortunately found seats as well.

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 the ...

Learning Lifelong Healthy Eating in the School Lunchroom

Simin Nikbin Meydani | Posted 10.02.2016 | 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. "T...