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USDA Office Closures Raise Safety Concerns

AP | By MICHAEL J. CRUMB | Posted 01.11.2012 | Food

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The U.S. Agriculture Department announced Monday it will close nearly 260 offices nationwide, a move that won praise for cutting c...

House Republicans Drive More Nails Into Livestock Rule Coffin

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 01.18.2012 | Food
Wenonah Hauter

While the big news among food activists has been the unsettling possibility that a secret farm bill could be snuck into the super committee's recommendations and passed with no public input, Republicans have furtively dealt a crippling blow to family farmers and consumers.

Support the Traditional Definition of Vegetables!

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Forget the "dangers" of same-sex marriage. There is a much greater threat to traditional American values: the creeping danger posed by re-defining pizza and french fries as "vegetables" in our school lunch program.

Politics, Farmers And Change: The End Of Rural America

Dave Murphy | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Dave Murphy

Since 1960, when JFK was elected, America has lost over 1.7 million family farms, the backbone of rural economies, with the number of farmers in the U.S. today being outnumbered by prisoners.

$100 Million for the Everglades: A Smart Investment for Nature and People

Mark Tercek | Posted 10.12.2011 | Green
Mark Tercek

In this time of debate over the use of federal funding, the project is a good example of the kind of return we can expect from well planned investments in the conservation of our land and water.

Strauss-Kahn and the Age of Reputation

Steve Clemons | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

In today's fast-paced world, a reputation can be destroyed rapidly -- and if, as in the case of Strauss-Kahn it seems, the consequences of charges made actually precede the processing of those charges.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on Growing Into Politics

Tom Fox | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Tom Fox

"It's important for people to know that I think government service is a noble undertaking and public servants work hard and care deeply about the people they're responsible for."

Their Spray Rigs in a Twist

Ken Cook | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green
Ken Cook

It apparently doesn't occur to the pesticide-produce lobby that the reason sales for organic products have surged is because they taste better and don't deliver toxic pesticides into one's daily diet.

Wake Up, Secretary Vilsack

Laurie David | Posted 07.09.2011 | Food
Laurie David

Knowing Secretary Tom Vilsack's passion for helping the people who live in rural communities, there is no larger issue for him to focus his attention on than protecting those communities from antibiotic-resistant bacteria sourced from food animals.

Secretary Vilsack's Defiant Defense of Ethanol

Ben Grossman-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ben Grossman-Cohen

Should the US reform its policies to help prevent a global food price crisis?

Higher Milk Prices Offer Little Comfort For Dairy Farmers

AP | By GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

RIVERDALE, Calif. -- While milk prices continue to rise and exports to Asian markets have expanded, many dairy farmers are still struggling with the a...

Bittman: Fix, Don't End, Agricultural Subsidies

The New York Times | MOHAMED EL DAHSHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

Agricultural subsidies have helped bring us high-fructose corn syrup, factory farming, fast food, a two-soda-a-day habit and its accompanying obesity,...

GOP Rep. Steve King on Shirley Sherrod, Pigford and Racism (VIDEO)

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

As part of my documentary about how the Pigford settlement designed to help black farmers was hijacked by trial lawyers and politicians, I interviewed controversial congressman Steve King.

GM and Organic Co-Existence: Why We Really Just Can't Get Along

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Last Friday, the USDA announced the partial deregulation of genetically modified sugar beets. If you eat beef or take milk and sugar in your coffee, here is why you should care.

USDA Officially Approves Genetifically Modified Alfalfa

Barry Estabrook at The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) had approved the unrestricted planting...

A Dark Day for Democracy in Iowa

Lee Rowland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Rowland

Terry Branstad has revoked a policy signed in 2005 by former Gov. Vilsack that automatically restored voting rights to individuals with criminal convictions once they had completed their sentences.

USDA Accomplishments in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Through investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, farms and rural small businesses across the country can reduce their energy consumption and energy expenses.

Blue Dog Congressman Sanford Bishop Knew About Pigford Fraud

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

A Georgia farmer has made a stunning allegation: he told Rep. Bishop about fraud in the Pigford settlement, and the congressman replied that an investigation into Pigford would "shut it down."

Obama's Team Includes Dangerous Biotech "Yes Men"

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Smith

Instead of giving us change and hope, biotech "Yes Men" on Obama's team may prolong the hypnotic "group think" that has been institutionalized over three previous administrations.

Howard Fineman

Obama's New Chief Of Staff: The Final Candidates Emerge

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is in what appears to be the final stages of choosing a new White House Chief of Staff from among the following c...

USDA Continues to Lie About Pigford Fraud Despite Lawyer Statements

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

The fraud of Pigford is real. It's tens of millions of dollars, at least. The USDA knows about it. They aren't telling the truth and unfortunately, if we're going to get to the truth it's going to have to come from Republican-led hearings.

The Media's Failure to Report on Pigford Hurts Black Farmers

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lee Stranahan

The story the press wants you to hear about Pigford is an overly simple one. But it's a very complex story, and not something that can be explained easily between two commercial breaks.

Why Anderson Cooper Botched the Billion Dollar Pigford Story

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lee Stranahan

One of the worst things about the racist charge is that too often, it's a distraction. A sideshow. In constructing their hyped up news segments, the mainstream TV shows miss the actual story.

Food and Farming in Obama's First 100 Days

Michael Pollan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Michael Pollan

Perhaps the most encouraging action so far has come from the East Wing, where Michelle Obama has been speaking out about the importance of real, fresh food, home cooking and gardening.

Federal Audit Finds Rampant Abuses of Show Horses; Agency Reform Promised

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Wayne Pacelle

Horse show industry groups are certified by the USDA to hire, train and license inspectors who are responsible for examining horses at shows for illegal soring.That's right, industry self-regulation.