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USDA Plane Crash: Colorado Plane Chartered By USDA Crashes In Pennsylvania Neighborhood

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — A small plane chartered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture crashed into a home Monday, killing three people aboard and narr...

Judge Revokes USDA Approval Of Genetically Modified Sugar Beets, Orders Review

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has revoked the government's approval of genetically altered sugar beets until regulators complete a more thorou...

Wal-Mart's Rotten Hunger Campaign

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

Turning trash into tax deductions By Al Norman The Chronicle of Philanthropy declared this week that Wal-Mart was "the most generous" company in Ame...

Secret Ingredients

Robin Quivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Robin Quivers

When did we lose the right to know what we are eating? When did food labeling become a con game to make us think we're eating healthy even when we are not? Why is the government assisting those who wish to confuse us?

Growing Interest in Farmers Markets (Video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

August 1st through the 7th marks National Farmers Market week. The USDA has just released the new number of farmers markets in the U.S. and it's climbed up to 6,132 -- up 16% since last year!

Dan Froomkin

Limited Test Finds Dispersant Not Adding Toxicity To Oil, But Questions Remain

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The combination of oil and dispersants is no more toxic to sea life than oil alone, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday after conduct...

The Bitter Ironies in USDA's Firing of Shirley Sherrod

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

For all the the subsidy programs' generosity toward those least in need, it has been impossible to bring closure to black farmers victimized by past USDA discrimination.

Monsanto: The World's Poster Child for Corporate Manipulation and Deceit - Part 9

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Smith

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/32 When Forbes magazine declared Monsanto as the Company of the Year for 2009, millions of surprised people...

Monsanto: The World's Poster Child for Corporate Manipulation and Deceit - Part 8

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Smith

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/36 When Forbes magazine declared Monsanto as the Company of the Year for 2009, millions of surprised people...

Monsanto: The World's Poster Child for Corporate Manipulation and Deceit - Part 7

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Smith

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/39 When Forbes magazine declared Monsanto as the Company of the Year for 2009, millions of surprised people...

Monsanto: The World's Poster Child for Corporate Manipulation and Deceit - Part 6

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Smith

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/43 When Forbes magazine declared Monsanto as the Company of the Year for 2009, millions of surprised people ...

Monsanto: The World's Poster Child for Corporate Manipulation and Deceit - Part 5

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Smith

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/45 When Forbes magazine declared Monsanto as the Company of the Year for 2009, millions of surprised people...

Monsanto: The World's Poster Child for Corporate Manipulation and Deceit - Part 4

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Smith

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/48 When Forbes magazine declared Monsanto as the Company of the Year for 2009, millions of surprised people...

Monsanto: The World's Poster Child for Corporate Manipulation and Deceit - Part 3

Jeffrey Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Smith

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/52 When Forbes magazine declared Monsanto as the Company of the Year for 2009, millions of surprised people...

Racial Aspects of Economy Are Significant for White House to Address

John A. Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John A. Powell

When one looks at any aspect of the economy, race and gender are not far from the surface. The administration's response: silence.

Gaggle of Problems With New York Plans to Kill Canada Geese

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Wayne Pacelle

Officials plan to kill more than 150,000 Canada geese in New York alone. Brooklyn was shocked when 400 Prospect Park geese were killed. In our day, such mass slaughter is wrong and unacceptable.

With All Eyes on the Sherrod Story, Black Farmers Still Wait (and Wait) For Justice

Andrew Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Andrew Gunther

Righting an injustice can be a thorny process, as Dr. Boyd, President of the NBFA, can attest. He has fought for years to get justice for black farmers who were victims of widespread, decades-long discrimination by the USDA.

Immediate Action for Longstanding Injustice

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John W. Boyd Jr.

The White House referred to Sherrod's firing as "a teachable moment." I learned that a black woman can be fired for the accusation that she discriminated, yet instances of discrimination against minority farmers go unresolved.

Shirley Sherrod, Black Farmers and the 2010 Racial World Cup

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Perhaps one of the more eloquent and official retrospectives resulting from the Shirley Sherrod incident was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibb's...

The National Association for the Advancement of Cowardly Pawns: NAACP President Ben Jealous Should Resign for Assisting in the Sherrod Assault

Dr. Jonathan David Farley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jonathan David Farley

In late July 2010, Ben Jealous, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, denounced Shirley Sherrod, a black wo...

The F Word: National Confrontation on Race

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

At the end of a long painful week, Shirley Sherrod's been offered a new job with the USDA's Office of Civil Rights and Community Outreach. She's still considering, though, and who can blame her?

Seeds of Life: Seed Industry Structure (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Understanding the organizational structure of the seed industry may seem a pursuit into the arcane, and wonkish world of academics, and private seed breeders. This is certainly not the case.

What the Shirley Sherrod Saga Says About America

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

What happened to Shirley Sherrod is an embarrassing reminder of the racial dysfunction in America today and how politics continues to play a critical role in this ugliness.

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.

The Trouble With Shirley: Race, Power and the Cow in the Room

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

In our efforts to move past race, we have run right smack into it. There is no doubt about it. Rather than moving us toward a post-racial society, it has made us hyper vigilant of how race and power intersect in American society.