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United States Moves to End Puppy Mill Imports

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Dogs and their puppies are not breeding machines, nor cash crops. Our laws should reflect that sensibility, and with today's announcement, we've taken a major step as a nation to protect dogs from cruelty at home and abroad.

Building a Community of Truth-Tellers to Answer Daunting 'What's for Dinner' Question (VIDEO)

Food Integrity Campaign | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Food Integrity Campaign

By AMANDA HITT Across the nation, millions of Americans are asking the age-old question: "What's for dinner?" It used to be as simple as choosing bet...

Obama Administration Turns Its Back on Poultry Processing Workers

Rena Steinzor | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

Only in Washington, D.C. is nothing portrayed as something. Out in the nation, not so much. And so it was late last week that the Obama Administration took a victory lap for not making life even more miserable for some of the most abused workers in America.

Farmers Markets and Urban Agriculture -- Sharing the Bounty

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 08.15.2014 | Food
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

By growing food locally and giving underserved urban neighborhoods access to fresh produce, jobs are created, local economies are strengthened by circulating dollars within the community, the harmful effects of food deserts are reduced, and consumers become engaged in learning how food is grown.

Forget What You Think You Know About Food Safety -- Debunking Common Myths

Buck Wargo | Posted 08.05.2014 | Food
Buck Wargo

What your mother taught you about food safety is probably wrong. Did you know you don't ever wash raw chicken? It's time to get serious about food safety.

Meredith Melnick

What The Government Got Wrong About Nutrition -- And How It Can Fix It

HuffingtonPost.com | Meredith Melnick | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living

Americans have been gorging themselves on unhealthy junk food, leading to high rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease. New dietary guidelines co...

Photo Guide to School Lunch -- A Walk Through the School Nutrition Association Expo

Michele Simon | Posted 07.31.2014 | Food
Michele Simon

I recently attended the annual meeting of the School Nutrition Association, the trade group that represents the 55,000 food service workers who have the thankless job of feeding millions of schoolchildren every day.

Making School Nutrition a Political Issue Has Distorted Reality in Our Cafeterias

Thomas J. Gentzel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Thomas J. Gentzel

It's hard to imagine the law's vocal supporters intended that it would result in student boycotts of school lunches, higher meal prices, food wasted or discarded and school districts scrambling to identify funds to comply with unfunded regulations.

You Need to Know: What Do Natural, Local and Organic Mean?

Eve Turow | Posted 07.17.2014 | Food
Eve Turow

Today's consumers are increasingly concerned with where their food comes from, and demand for "organic," "local" and "natural" foods is on the rise. But what do those labels really mean?

Bringing the Promise of Healthy School Meals to More Children This Fall

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Sec. Tom Vilsack

For many kids, the meals they get at school may be the only nutritious meals they receive that day -- and when children receive proper nourishment, they are not only healthier, but they also have better school attendance and perform better academically.

Department of Agriculture Sends Misguided Fiasco of a Poultry Processing Rule to the White House

Rena Steinzor | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

The millions of consumers who eat undercooked chicken at their peril and the beleaguered workers in these dank, overcrowded, and dangerous plants can only hope the president's people come to their senses over there and kill this misguided fiasco.

Making Agriculture Cool

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 07.10.2014 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Agriculture has an image problem. Simply put, for the majority of the world's youth, agriculture simply isn't seen as being "cool" or attractive. Most think of it only as back-breaking labor, without an economic pay off -- and little room for career advancement.

Why the Food Industry Is Running Scared of Internet Activism

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 07.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

Unfortunately for food companies, the Internet genie is out of the bottle and there's no turning back. So instead of commissioning studies that demonize the Internet, social media and/or "moms with food fears," food companies should take to heart the one simple lesson to be gleaned from the many recent successes in Internet food activism: Consumers want transparency.

The Fate of Front-of-Pack Labeling That Actually Works

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

News came in the past week that the front-of-pack nutrition guidance program offered by Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation, presented as a seal of approval in the form of a check mark, was being decommissioned. With all due respect to my friends at the Foundation, and the good intentions that brought the system into existence -- good riddance to it.

USDA Tells Staffers It Will Continue To Drug-Test For Weed

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

Employees of the U.S. Department of Agriculture who live in states where recreational or medical marijuana has been legalized, be warned. Your employe...

The Current System is Broken: Bringing Hunger Relief Home for the Summer

Kevin Hagan | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin Hagan

It's summertime, and with summer break comes the laughter of carefree children in many neighborhoods... But not all of them. When the final school bell rings, millions of kids head home to empty refrigerators.

No One Left Behind in Coal Country

William S. Becker | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

What should the Obama administration do to ensure that the transition in coal country is as fair as possible?

Two Outstanding Films Not to Miss: 'Belle' and 'Fed Up'

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 07.19.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Belle's lineage affords he...

Who Is Really Behind the Assault on School Nutrition Standards?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Why won't SNA leaders and House Republicans stand up for our children's health instead of trying to dismantle nutrition standards that are improving their lives?

Is a School Breakfast of Multi-Grain Lucky Charms Better Than No Breakfast at All?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

In the new documentary Fed Up, author and journalist Michael Pollan reminds us that: "Junk is still junk, even when it's less junky." If you want to see what Pollan is talking about, soon all you'll need to do is walk into a classroom in a low-income school district at breakfast time.

Why Is the U.S. So Fat? Katie Couric Documentary Fed Up Seeks to Explain

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

The U.S. government plays both sides of the obesity street -- admonishing people to eat right while pushing the foods that make them fat -- because of the USDA's double mission of protecting the nation's health and protecting the health of the nation's farmers.

How USDA Rubber-Stamps 'Humane' and 'Sustainable' Food Claims

Dena Jones | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Dena Jones

When a shopper spends their hard-earned money on meat that is labeled "humanely raised" or "sustainably farmed," it's not unreasonable for them to assume that someone has validated the truthfulness of the claim. In fact, USDA is supposed to be doing it.

Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness? Well... Would Popeye Eat It?

Erica Wides | Posted 05.12.2014 | Taste
Erica Wides

I've come to a major realization. Want to know what it is? OK. It is that after all this talking and reading and learning and figuring stuff out about...

What Causes Obesity? Top Cardiology Journal Spreads Confusion

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

There doesn't seem to be any way around the latest inconvenient truth. Sugar kills. We need to drastically decrease consumption.

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.