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'Green News Report' - February 26, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.28.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Home State Poll Finds Outspoken GOP Lawmaker 'Unappealing'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

The race to predict the race in Iowa to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin is on. Republican Rep. Steve King is favored among GOP primary vot...

USDA To Announce New Healthy School Snack Rules

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education

* USDA secretary says foods rule expected early 2013 * Soft drink makers needed time to change products -Vilsack * Advoc...

Vilsack: Gun Control Debate Has Changed

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Newtown school shootings have changed the gun control debate and that rural America is ready ...

USDA To Allow More Meat, Grains In School Lunches

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids' meals. Agri...

Key Group Slammed As 'Less And Less Relevant'

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It's "becoming less and less relevant," he says. A month afte...

Fattest Country In The World: Are Schools To Blame For America's Obesity Epidemic?

Posted 02.05.2013 | Education

To borrow a line from Kermit the frog, it's not easy being green -- or, eating green. America is the fattest country in the world, and only ranks s...

Jon Stewart Takes On School Lunch Fight, Tells Kids: Eat Your Food!

Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

There's been quite a bit of tension since First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack rolled out their new school lunch initiative...

GOP Bill Moves To Repeal USDA Calorie Limits On School Lunches

Posted 09.19.2012 | Education

As the new school year begins, fresh school lunch regulations are in effect to encourage healthy eating. But not everyone's pleased. While students fr...

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...

'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...

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...

GOP Governor Disenfranchises Thousands

AP | By RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has made Iowa one of the most difficult states in the nation for felons to vote, with an executive o...

Congress Is Still Wasting Money

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

Anyone who wonders how we got into our current fiscal mess need look no further than the latest farm bill.

20 Years Later, the Biotech Brigade Marches on...

Heather Pilatic | Posted 08.04.2012 | Green
Heather Pilatic

When government officials are consistently opposed to the idea of regulation (i.e. the implementation of rules of governance) one wonders what they're doing in their posts... other than jockeying for a better-paid exit when they next waltz through the revolving door.

Children v. Dirty Business

William S. Becker | Posted 06.11.2012 | Green
William S. Becker

On May 11, a group of children will face off against the Obama administration and the NAM, arguing that common law requires governments to protect critical natural resources on behalf of current and future generations.

10 Candidates All Students Should Support

Nick Mitch | Posted 08.28.2012 | Teen
Nick Mitch

There are many excellent candidates running in this election, but the above eight will be fierce advocates for youth. Please consider supporting them in any way you can.

Emails Reveal White House Role In Sherrod Ouster

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House officials were in close contact with the Agriculture Department in the hours leading up to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack...

A New Guide to Local and Regional Food

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 04.30.2012 | Food
Sec. Tom Vilsack

It's the public face of our commitment to help agricultural operations of all sizes take advantage of new opportunities, meet the growing demand for local and regional food and succeed in America's diverse marketplace.

Lawmakers Caught In Tricky Situation, Key Group Prepares For The Worst

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Promoting farm subsidies was once a no-brainer for rural members of Congress seeking re-election. This year, it's a bit trickier. As la...

'Green Acres' Effect For New Farmers Seeking Better Quality Of Life

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2012 | Green

* U.S. goal is to create 100,000 new farmers * $1.8 billion in U.S. loans to beginning farmers in 2011 *...

School Lunches Get Healthier, But Pizza Is Still a Vegetable

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 04.01.2012 | Parents
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

The program will affect the nearly 32 million kids who participate in subsidized school lunch programs each day -- many of whom get half their daily calories from these meals. What's different?

New USDA School Food Standards: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.28.2012 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Are the new school food standards ideal?  No.  Are districts being given enough money to really get the job done?  No, again.  But do we have some cause for celebration?  Absolutely.

First Lady and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack "Do Lunch" Right!

Phil Lempert | Posted 03.26.2012 | Food
Phil Lempert

The new rule includes provisions that will also regulate all foods sold in schools, including in vending machines. This announcement may just move The First Lady's goal of reducing obesity in a generation a step closer to reality.

School Lunches To Become Healthier With Veggies And Whole Grains

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years means most offerings – including the always popula...