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Tom Vilsak

USDA Unveils New Effort To Cut Junk Food In Schools

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 04.04.2013 | Food

WASHINGTON -- Most candy, high-calorie drinks and greasy meals could soon be on a food blacklist in the nation's schools. For the first time, the gov...

Is Shirley Sherrod the Rosa Parks of Our Time?

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sophia A. Nelson

The "teachable moment" of Shirley Sherrod is that she, like Rosa Parks has used her quiet strength and grace on national television to win over a nation.

Revitalize Rural America? First grow some backbone

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Holt Gimenez

With Annie Shattuck U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently declared a "silent" crisis in rural America. Silent? The American farmers testifying at th...

Women Farmers in the Developing World

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Silverstein

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 80% of agricultural workers are women. According to the World Bank,They raise 90% of the food, but receive only 10% of credit extended for agricultural loans.

California Leadin'

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

There are problems with animal agriculture that still need attention, including painful mutilation of animals without anesthesia, the rampant use of antibiotics on factory farms, and waste generated by these operations.

Sam Stein

Vilsack: McCain Puts Oil First, Not Country

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama campaign and Democratic operatives have been pushing for weeks to paint McCain as a stooge of Big Oil. On Tuesday they tried a new tactic: u...