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Much Ado About Meatless Monday: Why the USDA Retraction Matters

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

I came back to work after a two-week vacation last Thursday and couldn't miss the story about the USDA's internal endorsement for Meatless Mondays, then rapid reversal and resultant fallout, most of which read like an Onion article.

'Green News Report' -- July 31, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.30.2012 | 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: Food v. F...

GOP Senators Celebrate 'Meat Monday' After USDA's 'Meatless Monday' Mishap

Posted 07.30.2012 | Home

The hubbub over the U.S. Department of Agriculture's retracted tweet supporting "Meatless Mondays" continues. Last week, Republican Iowa senator C...

PETA Takes 'Bets' On Senator's Death As 'Meatless Mondays' Controversy Continues

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 07.27.2012 | Home

PETA upped the ante Thursday, jumping headfirst into a feud involving the Department of Agriculture, the meat lobby and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. ...

'Green News Report' - July 26, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.25.2012 | 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: Drought e...

USDA Retracts Meatless Monday Plug After Beef Industry Calls Foul

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 07.26.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department says a statement on its website encouraging its employees not to eat meat on Mondays was made without proper ...

National Physicians Group Pushes Petition To Ban Milk In School Lunches

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.27.2012 | Education

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a national vegan and physician group based out of D.C., has filed a petition with the U.S. Departme...

Produce Industry Funders of Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools Are Putting Children at Risk: A Plea to Michelle Obama

Michele Simon | Posted 09.15.2012 | Home
Michele Simon

You may be unaware of a small produce-testing program tucked away at USDA. At a cost of only $4.5 million a year, it's one of the most efficient and successful uses of taxpayer dollars; and yet, it's been zeroed out of the 2013 budget.

Study: Proposed School Lunch Nutrition Guidelines Will Benefit School Budgets

Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

Updating national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools -- a move proposed by first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Se...

26-Year-Old Zoo Director Charged With Animal Cruelty (UPDATED)

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.26.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Meghan Mogensen, the 26-year-old director of the Reston Zoo in Northern Virginia, came to police attention when a zoo employee reported ...

Talking Leadership With the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Elisabeth Hagen

Tom Fox | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

Elisabeth Hagen is the undersecretary for food safety at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) where she oversees the programs and policies associated with the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Your Burger Just Got a Little Safer, Thanks to Uncle Sam

Michele Simon | Posted 08.07.2012 | Green
Michele Simon

Testing is not true prevention, and we still have a long way to go toward cleaning up the industrialized meat system. It also doesn't make ground beef completely safe or, for that matter, healthy. But it's a start.

Schools Turning Their Noses Up At Pink Slime, Opting For Beef Without The Filler

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 08.04.2012 | Education

NEW YORK — The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this y...

ASPCA Pummels Puppy Mills With Pressure From Consumers, Politicians

Ed Sayres | Posted 08.01.2012 | Impact
Ed Sayres

Hurting puppies is unfathomable to most of us. Americans love puppies, and many of us agree with the late Charles M. Schulz's sentiments: "Happiness is a warm puppy." But despite all the adoration, puppies (and their mothers) continue to suffer in puppy mills.

USDA: Don't Let Chicken Packing Plants Operate Their Conveyor Belts Twice As Fast

Laura Merriman | Posted 07.29.2012 | Home
Laura Merriman

The safety of our nation's workers is as important as the quality of meat we produce. We cannot sanction lost fingers, broken arms and severe musculoskeletal injuries for $90 million.

Government Taking Action Against Fraud

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Food stamp recipients are ripping off the government for millions of dollars by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash &nda...

Nutrition Guidance: Facts About Opinions About Facts

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.22.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is an intrinsic problem with measuring the quality of a system by how well it conforms to what you already believe. Such a system gets bonus points for agreeing with you -- even when you are wrong.

Jamie Oliver Speaks With People Around the Globe on Food Revolution Day (VIDEO)

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
Robyn O'Brien

Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide. To address it, Jamie Oliver launched the first-ever, global Food Revolution Day which took place in 620 cities around the globe.

USDA Cites Problems At Private Zoo After Chimpanzees Escape

Posted 05.21.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- When six chimpanzees escaped from a private Mechanicsville, Va., zoo in July 2010, the local animal control chief, Kevin M. Kilgore, ass...

Does Pink Slime Have a New Relative in the Form of Meat Glue?

Gregg McBride | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

Are you sure you were enjoying a delicious filet mignon the last time you went out to a fancy steakhouse? Or were you eating pieces of stew-quality meat that were "glued" together to form what resembled a filet mignon, but was actually anything but?

Districts Look To Debt Collectors, Stricter Policies, For Unpaid Lunches

Posted 08.15.2012 | Education

Americans are likely hearing from debt collectors more in recent years than in the past, but a practice that may become even more common: debt collect...

USDA Predicts Enormous Corn Harvest This Summer

AP | DAVID PITT | Posted 05.10.2012 | Home

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Consumers could see some relief from higher food prices by late fall, if the latest government crop forecast holds up. The U.S. A...

Animal Groups Sue USDA for Ignoring Poultry Products Inspection Act

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home
Bruce Friedrich

Science backs up common sense: Shoving pipes down birds' throat several times a day and pumping them so full of food that their livers become diseased and balloon up is horribly cruel.

Banking on the Bay

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 07.05.2012 | DC
Wenonah Hauter

Water pollution trading is creeping into the non-regulatory landscape across the country and in the Bay watershed. That's good news for those looking to profit off the losses of others, but bad news for anyone who cares about water quality,

Will New Laws Kill Off A Beloved School Tradition?

Posted 05.04.2012 | Education

Is the tradition of school bake sales nearing an end? At a time when school communities are forced to increase fundraising efforts amid tighter...