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The Heroism of Fostering a Healthier Next Generation

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 07.06.2014 | Education
Kevin W. Concannon

Our children deserve the best we have to offer, and I commend school nutrition employees and school nurses for giving students their best each day. They may not wear super hero capes, but they are undoubtedly real, authentic heroes.

My Tween Daughter Argued in School That Tomatoes Are Fruits, and Here is What Happened

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Dr. Chris Martine

As if this sort of comment in a seventh-grade gym class wouldn't be enough to put a target on her, my daughter offered one last comment to a growing chorus of dissenting opinion: "I should know what a fruit is. My dad is a botanist."

USDA to Americans: You'll Eat Pink Slime Whether You Want It or Not

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 05.19.2012 | Home
Nancy Huehnergarth

The USDA's announcement that school districts will be able to opt out of an ammonium-hydroxide treated ground beef filler known as both Lean Finely Textured Beef and "pink slime" is not exactly inspiring confidence.

To Capitol Hill: End the Food Fight

Dan Glickman | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Dan Glickman

All members of Congress should want to see American kids eat better and live healthy, productive lives. In the United States, childhood obesity constitutes an epidemic, with serious and growing long-term consequences, for individuals and the nation as a whole.

Agricultural Policy Should Fuel Health, Not Epidemics!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

In 2009, USDA spent more than twice as much buying meat and dairy as it did on fruits and vegetables. What that means is that the USDA used taxpayers' money to buy about $1.5 billion worth of meat and dairy.

Food Fight: Documentary Screening Spurs School Nutrition Debate

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

Last night, my little public elementary school, Nettelhorst, hosted a public screening of the powerful new documentary Lunch Line. But the real drama began after the credits rolled.

How Your Church Can Support Local Food Movements

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

Food is at the heart of our practice together. So it's important to remember that what we put on our tables can be an act of faith.

Hunger in America: More Than Money is Needed

Anne Mai Bertelsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anne Mai Bertelsen

We need to revisit our food policy, which provides financial and in-kind food subsidies but does little to help Americans produce or stretch their food dollars.

Meat Recall Prompts Call for USDA Reform

AP | JACOB ADELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's twin mandates of promoting the nation's agriculture and monitoring it for safety are being qu...