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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.

Lynne Peeples

Do You Know Where Your Turkey's Been?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green

As families across America adorn their dinner tables with plump, juicy turkeys this Thursday, they've likely given little thought to what their future...

Food Fight: Pizza and Spuds Win, School Kids Lose

Walter Willett, M.D., DrPH, MPH | Posted 01.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Walter Willett, M.D., DrPH, MPH

French fries and pizza don't make a healthy meal, especially not for America's school children. Yet Congress chose to save these junk foods on school lunch menus.

USDA Targets Small Stores Allegedly Profiting Illegally Off Food Stamps

AP | By LAURA CRIMALDI | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A criminal swindle of the nation's $64.7 billion food stamp program is playing out at small neighborhood stores around the country...

USDA Cracks Down On Food Stamp Trafficking

AP | By LAURA CRIMALDI | Posted 11.21.2011 | Food

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A criminal swindle of the nation's $64.7 billion food stamp program is playing out at small neighborhood stores around the co...

House Republicans Drive More Nails Into Livestock Rule Coffin

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 01.18.2012 | Food
Wenonah Hauter

While the big news among food activists has been the unsettling possibility that a secret farm bill could be snuck into the super committee's recommendations and passed with no public input, Republicans have furtively dealt a crippling blow to family farmers and consumers.

Jason Linkins

How To Turn Pizza Into A Vegetable

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics

On Tuesday, Congress decided that pizza is a vegetable. I have to imagine that this news instilled confusion in many Americans, as many Americans are: familiar with pizza; familiar with vegetables; and sane. But, according to the geniuses in Washington, pizza is a vegetable for the purposes of determining what goes into public school lunches by virtue of the fact that pizza traditionally includes a schmear of tomato paste. And if you're wondering how it came to pass that Congress arrived at the conclusion that pizza could count as a serving of vegetables for this reason, wonder no more! Congress was guided along this path by lobbyists. And lobbyists can do all sorts of things, by magic!

Does Capitalism Have to Promote Child Abuse?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 01.16.2012 | Food
Kerry Trueman

Republicans have torpedoed the USDA's attempts to reduce the amount of pizza, french fries and salt that our kids consume at school. Why? Because the frozen pizza companies, the salt industry and potato growers asked them to. Really. It's that simple.

D.C. Central Kitchen Video Shows Off Its Healthy Corners Program (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.16.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this summer, D.C. Central Kitchen launched its Healthy Corners program, which provides corner stores with low-cost fresh fruit a...

Congress Fights To Save School Pizza And Fries

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Who needs leafy greens and carrots when pizza and french fries will do? In an effort many 9-year-olds will cheer, Congress wants pizza ...

New Nutrition Guidelines: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A committee commissioned by the Institute of Medicine just released its report on front-of-pack nutrition guidance. The recommendations are good in that they may help prevent the food industry from doing bad. The recommendations are bad if they forestall the implementation of superior approaches. And the recommendations are downright ugly if...

The Farm Bill Is a Food Bill

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Rajiv Narayan

Where the farm bill allocates resources to funding food stamps, it also incentivizes the purchase of unhealthy foods.

Senate Votes To Save Potatoes In Schools

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.19.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON -- The Senate threw its support behind the potato Tuesday, voting to block an Obama administration proposal to limit the vegetable on schoo...

New Muppet Hits 'Sesame Street' To Raise Hunger Awareness

Posted 12.04.2011 | Impact

In the past, "Sesame Street" has tackled HIV-AIDS with the muppet Kami and provoked musings on Bert and Ernie's sexual orientation. Now, the show expl...

Why This Could Be A Scene Of The Past

AP | By DAVID SHARP | Posted 11.26.2011 | Education

PORTLAND, Maine -- Sen. Susan Collins, who hails from Maine's potato country and picked potatoes as a girl, is working to restore some respect for the...

USDA Wants Potatoes Out Of School Lunches

AP | By DAVID SHARP | Posted 11.26.2011 | Food

PORTLAND, Maine -- Sen. Susan Collins, who hails from Maine's potato country and picked potatoes as a girl, is working to restore some respect for the...

BIllions Of Taxerpayer Dollars Keep Junk Food Cheap, Study Finds

Posted 11.22.2011 | Food

It's a well known fact that most farm subsidies go to crops, like feed corn, that aren't exactly healthy. They're crops that are easy to grown en mass...

New Ways Kids Are Getting Meals When School's Out

AP | By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Posted 11.14.2011 | Education

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Food can be scarce around the Mendoza household during the summer. School food service worker Alina Mendoza loses most of her hour...

Feds Will Close Deadly Ground Beef Loophole

Posted 11.13.2011 | Food

The USDA will ban the sale of any ground beef tainted with the notorious "Big Six" strains of E. coli starting this March, the New York Times reports....

1 in 6 Americans Still Struggle With Hunger

Vicki B. Escarra | Posted 11.12.2011 | Impact
Vicki B. Escarra

Federal nutrition programs work, but they must be funded if they are to help reduce the number of Americans facing hunger. If Congress cuts the food-assistance safety-net, the USDA will surely have a gloomy scenario to report next year.

185,000 Pounds Of Turkey Recalled After Salmonella Contamination

AP | M.L. JOHNSON | Posted 11.11.2011 | Food

CHICAGO — Cargill Inc. announced a second recall of ground turkey products Sunday after a test showed salmonella in a sample from the same Arkan...

If You Eat, You Better Get GIPSA

Dave Murphy | Posted 11.07.2011 | Food
Dave Murphy

The GIPSA rules would create a fair marketplace for farmers to sell their livestock without fear of retaliation from packers and integrators, require packers to maintain written records over price deviations and prevent undue preferences.

USDA: Closing Our Borders to Puppy Mills

Michael Markarian | Posted 11.02.2011 | Green
Michael Markarian

For too long pet dealers looking to make a quick buck have been circumventing U.S. regulations by importing puppies from overseas and across our borders.

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...

Do You Live in a Food Desert?

Bill Davenhall | Posted 10.29.2011 | Healthy Living
Bill Davenhall

If physical proximity to a grocery store (stocked with wholesome foods) is critical to getting and staying healthy, then it is crucial for us to find a way to be assured that grocery stores are located within easy reach -- both physically and financially.