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Organic Food vs. Conventional: What the Stanford Study Missed

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.06.2012 | Home
Robyn O'Brien

Stanford's report that organic foods may not be much healthier or more nutritious than their conventional counterparts has caused quite a stir. Food, clean from antibiotics, growth hormones and pesticide residue, should be a basic human right.

New Hunger Data Shows a Generation at Risk

Billy Shore | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Billy Shore

Without the food and nutrition they need to learn and grow, vulnerable children face increased health, education and employment challenges. Simply put, we cannot have a stronger America with weaker kids.

Rising Temperature Raising Food Prices

Lester Brown | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Lester Brown

Over the last two months, the price of corn has been climbing. On July 19, it exceeded $8 per bushel for the first time, taking the world into a new food price terrain.

A Wake-up Call: USDA Slaughterhouse Closing

Gene Baur | Posted 10.28.2012 | Green
Gene Baur

The slaughter of animals too sick, injured, or weak to stand and walk on their own ("downers" as the industry calls them) at Central Valley Meats, a supplier for the USDA's national school lunch program, has justly raised concerns about the safety of the U.S. meat supply.

Chains, USDA Stop Buys From Slaughterhouse Under Investigation

AP | TRACIE CONE | Posted 10.22.2012 | Home

FRESNO, Calif. — The federal government and McDonald's Corp. suspended purchases of meat Wednesday from a California slaughterhouse under invest...

USDA Probes Whether Tainted Beef Entered Food Supply After Abuse Video

AP | TRACIE CONE | Posted 08.22.2012 | Home

FRESNO, Calif. -- Federal regulators who shut down a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving an animal welfare video were investigating Tues...

What Students Will Be Eating Under New Lunch Guidelines

Posted 10.20.2012 | Education

New U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for school lunches are taking effect this fall, as part of a healthy school lunch initiative put forth i...

5 Ways to Drought-Proof Your Grocery Budget

Linda Watson | Posted 10.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Linda Watson

Food prices are already going up as a result of the terrible drought in the Midwest. But your groceries can still be wildly affordable.

Joining Farmers Market Good Move for Small Berry Farmer (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Rebecca Gerendasy

The farmers market saved the farm. In this case, quite literally so.

USDA Defends Controversial Measure To Speed Up Poultry Inspection Lines

Posted 08.07.2012 | Home

New proposed rules for poultry set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will increase the maximum line speed for processing chickens at plants from 1...

Fewer U.S. Students Buy Sodas, Sports Drinks Still A Problem

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education

* Sodas in middle and high schools down more than 50 pct * Sugary sports drinks still widely available By Susan Heavey ...

11 Ways to Reduce Your Food Costs

Organic Authority.com | Posted 10.03.2012 | Home
Organic Authority.com

Being a bit frugal can help us to make more conscious choices, not just for our health, but for the health of our planet, too.

19 TONS Of Beef Recalled

AP | Posted 10.02.2012 | Home

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kenosha Beef International Ltd. is recalling nearly 19 tons of frozen bacon-cheeseburger patties because they may contain piece...

'Green News Report' - August 2, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.02.2012 | 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: Scientist...

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.