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Big Barack Bummer

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

It's disappointing that the Obama Administration is not providing the visionary leadership on agriculture, like it is in some many other policy areas.

Food Prices Poised To Rise

DailyFinance | Dan Burrows | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If there's any silver lining to a recession -- albeit a thin one -- it's that consumer prices typically go down. Make no mistake, deflation is a sign ...

Seeds of Life: Beta Vulgaris (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

This is the second installment of an ongoing series titled Seeds of Life. Frank Morton, an organic seed breeder from Philomath, Oregon, shares his concerns over the threat of contamination.

You and I Call It Hunger; USDA Calls It Food Insecurity

David Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David Becker

A USDA report released Monday found the highest rate of food insecurity in 13 years. Almost one in six American households, or 17 million households, are food insecure.

Food Stamps Will Feed Half Of US Kids, Study Says

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — Nearly half of all U.S. children and 90 percent of black youngsters will be on food stamps at some point during childhood, and fallout...

Please, Sir: $1 Billion More a Year for School Lunches

David Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Becker

"President Obama has pledged to end childhood hunger by 2015." Talk about an ambitious goal!

National Steak And Poultry Recalls 248,000 Pounds Of Beef In Colorado, Other States

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

OWASSO, Okla. — National Steak and Poultry is voluntarily recalling about 248,000 pounds of beef it said might be contaminated with a strain of E. c...

USDA: States Struggle To Administer Food Stamps

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With more Americans going hungry than ever before, the Agriculture Department is concerned that dozens of states aren't adequately ...

H1N1 Found in First US Commercial Swine Herd - Keep Your Eye on Factory Farms, China, and the Birds

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

Though it would appear that people can infect pigs with H1N1, it is not clear whether live pigs can infect people. For now, officials are far more worried about the former than the latter.

A New Family Farmer (Video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

According to the latest (2007) USDA Census data compiled by the National Agriculture Statistics Service, roughly 4 million family farms have been lost since the 1930's.

When it Comes to Lack of Federal Nutrition Dollars, Schwarzenegger Only has Himself to Blame

Rep. Joe Baca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Rep. Joe Baca

Instead of encouraging greater participation in the food stamp program, the governor has refused to put greater state resources behind promoting this sound policy.

USDA Classifies PETA As A Terrorist Threat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

PETA is one of the most controversial activist groups operating today. The group's contentious media campaigns, undercover operations, infamous advert...

Is Obama Ready to Take on Factory Farming?

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

Are animal factories here to stay? Whatever the Obama team decides to do -- or not do -- could have a huge impact on the way we raise food animals in America for decades to come.

Ground Beef Recalled After Two Deaths, E. Coli Contamination Feared

AP | BEN DOBBIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Contaminated fresh ground beef caused a possible E. coli outbreak that killed two people and sent 16 others to hospitals, fede...

Hormones in U.S. Beef

Samuel S. Epstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Samuel S. Epstein

Increased levels of sex hormones in U.S. beef are linked to the escalating incidence of reproductive cancers in the U.S. since 1975.

USDA Allows Meat In Schools that Doesn't Meet Fast Food Chains' Standards

Dave Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Murphy

How is it that the U.S. can put a man on the moon, but can't seem to feed its children school lunches that are no healthier than the food served at McDonald's or Jack in the Box?

Let's Feed America

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sarah Newman

The latest government report on poverty suggesting that U.S. hunger problem lies at least partly in wages, not just an absence of work. This begs the question, how are these people surviving?

E. Coli: Woman Paralyzed After Severe Food Poisoning; The Unsafe System, Meat

The New York Times | Michael Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Stephanie Smith, a children's dance instructor, thought she had a stomach virus. The aches and cramping were tolerable that firstday, and she finished...

Judge overturns USDA's approval of biotech beets

Daily Camera | Daily Camera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A federal judge has overturned USDA approval of the genetically engineered sugar beets that caused an uproar in Boulder County earlier this year....

USDA Mortgages: Zero-Down Government Loans Called "Subprime Beef"

BusinessWeek | Mara Der Hovanesian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Builders and lenders are dusting off a familiar pitch: mortgages with $0 down and 100% financing. The deals, which take advantage of a little-known lo...

Judge overturns USDA's approval of biotech beets

Colorado Daily. | Colorado Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A federal judge has overturned USDA approval of the genetically engineered sugar beets that caused an uproar in Boulder County earlier this year....

Risks From Toxic Ingredients In Cosmetics, And Personal Care Products

Samuel S. Epstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Samuel S. Epstein

There are no warnings whatsoever on cosmetics and personal care products. Yet their ingredients pose unrecognized lifelong dangers to the entire U.S. population.

From Fast Food Nation to Pro Food Ventures

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Smart

Early pioneers of the sustainable food movement, with dirt on their hands, lessons learned and progress made, have played a critical role in blazing trails for new ventures.

USDA Launches Local Foods Blitz, Bans Fried Foods and Donuts in Cafeteria for a Day

Samuel Fromartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Samuel Fromartz

I don't usually get calls from the deputy secretary of the USDA, but there Kathleen Merrigan was on the phone. She talked about the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food campaign that launched this week.

USDA to Unveil Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

I think the potential is enormous, especially in formerly industrial cities, where the big factories are not going to come back, but there are large t...