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Stink Bugs: A Bad Rap?

Joel Sucher | Posted 07.05.2014 | Comedy
Joel Sucher

Yes, I think these creatures -- officially known as the brown marmorated stink bug -- have gotten a bad rap. I've been living with them for more than a year and in my experience, they don't stink.

14 Initiatives Helping Women Deliver All Over the World

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Women, particularly in developing countries, face numerous challenges, including sexual violence, limited access to health resources, barriers to education, and inadequate economic opportunities.

A More Sustainable Mother's Day

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Planting a vegetable garden at home is not only a fun Mother's Day activity, but is also an excellent way to make sure that Mom has fresh produce available for the rest of the summer.

15 percent of Americans Receive Food Stamps

Evelyn J. Kim | Posted 06.08.2013 | Taste
Evelyn J. Kim

While war is an obvious condition for food insecurity, what we have now in the U.S. seems unfathomable. For many children, parents and so many others, hunger is an ever-present reality.

USDA Cites Problems At Private Zoo After Chimpanzees Escape

Posted 05.21.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- When six chimpanzees escaped from a private Mechanicsville, Va., zoo in July 2010, the local animal control chief, Kevin M. Kilgore, ass...

Government Bullies Need Reining in

Diane Dimond | Posted 03.13.2012 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Government lawyers who act as bullies do more than waste taxpayer's money -- they erode citizens respect for the institution. A nearly unbelievable case in point...

Meat Industry Says New Antitrust Rule Will Raise Prices

AP | By CHRISTOPHER LEONARD | Posted 12.09.2011 | Home

ST. LOUIS -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new but stripped-down antitrust rule Thursday regulating meat companies that's far less swe...

Labor Day Cookout? Look Out For Maggots And Band-Aids In Your Hot Dogs

The Local East Village | Posted 11.02.2011 | Weird News

Before you chomp down on a hot dog at a Labor Day cookout, be warned -- worms, metal, maggots and even a razor have been found inside frankfurters, ac...

Jordan Howard

House GOP To Push Anti-Environment Provisions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Howard | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are looking to appropriations bills they plan to debate when they return from recess in September as an opportunity to...

USDA Sued Over Plantings Of Altered Sugar Beets

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Groups opposed to genetically modified foods sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Thursday over the agency's recent decision to allow lim...

Where My Bees At? Five Brothers Rap and Dance To Save The Honey Bees

Joseph Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph Freeman

The dancing in the video is a nod to a ritual of the honeybees, who after returning from a particularly good round of pollinating "dance" directions to the rest of their hive.

Peaceful Revolution: Current School Food Standards Don't Make Sense

Margo G. Wootan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margo G. Wootan

Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents, and that increase has been linked to soda intake and the sale of junk food in schools.