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Obama's USDA Less Transparent Than Bush's

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

The Environmental Working Group has worked hard to track the billions lavished on the wealthiest and largest farm operations in the country, in the ho...

Obama Keeps Two Factory Farm Promises - Will Hold "National Rural Summit"

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

I learned on Friday that the administration will soon rein in Big Ag and announce a "National Rural Summit," something that candidate Obama had promised but failed to accomplish in his first 100 days.

Action Needed to Better Enforce Humane Slaughter Act

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The star witness at yesterday's Congressional hearing before the House Oversight Committee's Domestic Policy Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Dennis Kuci...

Childhood Obesity & Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Rigby

Op-ed cross-posted Houston Chronicle Rachel Kimbro & Elizabeth Rigby March 5, 2010 In a series of high-profile events over the past few weeks, firs...

Pervasive Numbers of Discrimination Complaints at USDA

April D. Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
April D. Ryan

Discrimination of minority farmers by employees at the United States Department of Agriculture may be more pervasive than originally thought.

Securing Our Future Through Our Children's Health

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

The president has identified three key strategies to build a lasting prosperity: innovation, investment, and education. All three strategies require the next generation to be healthy.

Landmark Settlement With African American Farmers Is Long Overdue

Dan Glickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Glickman

When I became Agriculture Secretary in 1995, I was scarcely aware of a long, painful chapter in the history of American civil rights. Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that it will finally be closed.

Stimulus Opponents Privately Beg For Government Cash

Washington Times | Jim McElhatton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Christopher S. Bond regularly railed against President Obama's economic stimulus plan as irresponsible spending that would drive up the national ...

Fight Childhood Obesity By Supporting Public School Nutrition Reform

Sarah Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sarah Newman

Kids have gotten bigger recently. In fact, according to the CDC, obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years with nearly 20 percent of children aged 6-11 and 18 percent for those aged 12-19.

Message to President Obama: Why Trade Will Not Save Rural America

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

In Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's op-ed this week in the Des Moines Register, he recognized that hunger could not be solved by raising product...

USDA Allows Meat In Schools that Doesn't Meet Fast Food Chains' Standards

Dave Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Murphy

How is it that the U.S. can put a man on the moon, but can't seem to feed its children school lunches that are no healthier than the food served at McDonald's or Jack in the Box?

Is Obama Ready to Take on Factory Farming?

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

Are animal factories here to stay? Whatever the Obama team decides to do -- or not do -- could have a huge impact on the way we raise food animals in America for decades to come.

Groups Rally To End Tongass Forest Timber Sales

AP | MARY PEMBERTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Nearly a dozen conservation groups are appealing to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to put a stop to two timber sales...

PolitiFact: Glenn Beck Wrong On Claim About Obama Cabinet

PolitiFact | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck has seized on a claim circulating on the Internet to argue that the Obama administration has little understanding o...

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.

Youth Leaders Talk Truth to Power in Copenhagen

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

"I was born in 1992, the year you started negotiating. My home island is now in danger of disappearing. You have been negotiating my entire life. We need action now," said a delegate from the Solomon Islands.

H1N1 Found in First US Commercial Swine Herd - Keep Your Eye on Factory Farms, China, and the Birds

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

Though it would appear that people can infect pigs with H1N1, it is not clear whether live pigs can infect people. For now, officials are far more worried about the former than the latter.

A New Direction on Research at the USDA? The Experts Weigh In

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

After Tom Vilsack's speech, I've reached out to some key thinkers on agriculture to find out what they would like the USDA's new research body, NIFA, to be focusing on. Here are their answers.

Lessons From Denmark

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Will Copenhagen's near collapse and half-hearted outcome help or hinder the effort to repair our climate?

Let's Feed America

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sarah Newman

The latest government report on poverty suggesting that U.S. hunger problem lies at least partly in wages, not just an absence of work. This begs the question, how are these people surviving?

Big Barack Bummer

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

It's disappointing that the Obama Administration is not providing the visionary leadership on agriculture, like it is in some many other policy areas.

Three Reasons for Hope in Copenhagen

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alexia Parks

The requirement for the U.S. Congress to sign off on any document produced at Copenhagen for it to legally bind us to those agreements, is another reason why I'm hopeful.

Vermont Slaughterhouse Closed For Inhumane Treatment Of Calves

AP | DAVE GRAM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A Vermont slaughterhouse ordered closed Friday after video showed calves kicked, shocked and cut while conscious had its opera...

"Local": A Word Worth Saving!

Mike Callicrate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Callicrate

Most don't realize how dramatically food quality has declined under the industrial food system. They, too, often hide behind the false and misleading marketing provided by their food service company.

Vilsack Indicates Openness To Colorado Exception To Roadless Rule

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday gave the strongest indication to date that the draft of Colorado's roadless rule, which all...