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My Beef With MyPlate

Kristin Wartman | Posted 08.15.2011 | Home
Kristin Wartman

Many in the food world are calling the clearer and more concise image of MyPlate progress. In my view though, when you look a little deeper, you see that beyond the clearer image not much has really changed.

Politicians Jump To Defense Of Much-Maligned Potato

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.18.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Often maligned, the french fry is fighting back. The spud has had a tough time lately. In the last year, it has been marginalized by ne...

Food Prices May Soar to Crisis Levels

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Several trends, including aquifer depletion, severe soil erosion, rising temperatures and population growth, indicate that the world is headed toward a food security crisis today,

Schifoodphrenic Nation

Valerie Orsoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Valerie Orsoni

Let's unite. Together we can change the way we eat, one bite (or gulp) at a time.

7 Things Learned About Food in 2010

Jerusha Klemperer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jerusha Klemperer

1. The intersection of food, culture and class is a conversation we might finally be ready to have...

Tapping Into Innovative Practices to Feed the World: An Interview with Mark Muller

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Mark Muller, director of the Food and Society Fellows program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), talks with Nourishing the Planet's research intern, Abby Massey, about the global food system and the impact it has on farmers, hunger and the environment.

A New Vision for the 2012 Farm Bill?

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paula Crossfield

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, who last year called those who spend money on organic produce "dumb," may become the unlikely champion of a Farm Bill in 2012 that creates opportunities for sustainable farmers.

What Bill Clinton's Mea Culpa Should Mean

Ruth Messinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ruth Messinger

President Bill Clinton said at a recent Senate hearing that he regrets the impact in Haiti of the free trade policies that became a hallmark of his presidency.

Food-Borne Illnesses Cost U.S. $152 Billion Annually: Study

AP | SHANNON DININNY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

YAKIMA, Wash. — Food-borne illnesses, such as E. coli and salmonella, cost the United States $152 billion annually in health care and other loss...

Raj Patel: Food Sovereignty (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

2010-02-17-raj.jpg The author of The Value of Nothing explains what food sovereignty means, and why it is as much a fight for social and economic justice as it is a fight to protect the environment.

FDA Voices BPA Safety Concern In Reversal Of Bush-Era Stance: NYT Editorial

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

While waiting for the regulators to amass more conclusive evidence, wise consumers will try to avoid BPA....

The Obama Administration and Food, Year One

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

A year after Obama's election, advocates hoping for deep improvements in our food system can point to only a few successes, while other policies that could lead to food insecurity are brewing in back rooms.

Are You Eating In The Matrix?

Darya Pino, Ph.D | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darya Pino, Ph.D

Unplugging from the industrial food Matrix does not need to happen all at once, but you can extract yourself from it eventually. The first step is starting to see it clearly.

E. Coli, Salmonella and Other Deadly Bacteria and Pathogens in Food: Factory Farms Are the Reason

Kathy Freston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kathy Freston

It seems that things have gotten out of hand in our food production, especially in the livestock sector. In Part 2 of this interview, we discuss E. coli, Salmonella and other worrisome pathogens.

Sam Kass: The White House Chef Digs All Things Locavore

nytimes.com | RACHEL L. SWARNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Still, proponents of sustainable farming and locally grown, organic foods are cheering Mr. Kass on. Dan Barber, the chef at Blue Hill in Greenwich Vil...

Flu Season: Factory Farming Could Cause A Catastrophic Pandemic

Kathy Freston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kathy Freston

So far, only thousands of people have died from swine flu. Unless we radically change the way chickens and pigs are raised for food, though, it may only be a matter of time before a catastrophic pandemic arises.

Obama's Chief Agricultural Negotiator Nominee a Pesticide Pusher

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

The Obama administration has chosen someone from an organization dedicated at all costs to chemical-based agriculture to represent our trade interests abroad.

Hip, Hip! Very Good (Food Policy) Fellow Visits White House Garden

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

Today, Roger Doiron presents a compost-able list of signatures from people who supported his campaign to plant a White House edible garden, or wanted to thank the first family for their efforts.

The White House Garden: Michelle Obama Is The First Lady Of Food Policy (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The White House just released a new video about the kitchen garden as the second installment of their "Inside The White House" series. The video is no...

Seeing Through the Food Industry's "Personal Responsibility" Smoke Screen

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Smart

"Personal responsibility" is used as a smoke screen to cover the tracks of industrial food, tracks that run roughshod over the mirage of choice and personal responsibility.

African Food Security? USAID Has Used Taxpayer Money to Fund GMOs Abroad Since 1991

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Africans can look to India to see what a future of relying on biotech seeds looks like. There, a depleted water table, poisoned waterways and farmer suicides have been the result of the first Green Revolution.

Food Companies Fight Soda Tax Proposal Despite Staggering Obesity Epidemic (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held the first ever conference on obesity titled "The Weight Of The Nation." Obesity i...

Healthcare and Food Policy: Part of the Same Conversation

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

The critics of single-payer are either paid to tell you this, or are brainwashed by the multi-million dollar lobbying and advertising paid for by insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Racing Toward a Roundup-Ready Food Future

Nancy Scola | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nancy Scola

What's clear from the new USDA numbers is how quickly the U.S. food supply is changing, whether we eaters like it or not.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Biotechnology Has Failed Us, So Why Promote It Abroad?

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Groups like the Gates Foundation are trying to renew the idea of creating a "Green Revolution for Africa," using many of the same methods that have been so bad for India.