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How Much Have You Got to Spend?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

Kids cost more for parents who have more. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its annual report on the cost of raising children. Using da...

Meat Labels: What Do They Really Mean?

The Stir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
The Stir

You're strolling past the meat counter, wondering what to grill this weekend, and you see all of those labels: organic, free range, natural. Natural? ...

You Want Chicken Poop With That Steak? Why FDA Should Ban Feces From Feed

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

We feed chicken manure to cattle because it's cheap; and because we produce far too much of it to properly dispose of as fertilizer.

Sick of Cyanide

Nicole Rosmarino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Nicole Rosmarino

Each year, a federal agency kills thousands of coyotes, wolves, bears, eagles and other native carnivores on behalf of agribusiness using two lethal poisons.

A Child Nutrition Act That Lives Up to Its Promise

Jilly Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jilly Stephens

A funding increase that robs Peter to pay Paul shouldn't be considered a "win" for hungry kids.

Revitalize Rural America? First grow some backbone

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Holt Gimenez

With Annie Shattuck U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently declared a "silent" crisis in rural America. Silent? The American farmers testifying at th...

The Gift That Will Make Dad's Food More Fun For You

Meathead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Meathead

Men grill. It's genetic. Mostly we grill badly. It's not our fault. They say a good craftsman never blames his tools, but in this case it is justified.

The American Diet: USDA Chart Compares What We Should Be Eating To What We Are Eating

Grist | Tom Philpott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The above chart, created by the USDA, compares the food consumed by the average U.S. citizen (using "loss-adjusted food availability" data as a proxy ...

Farmers Look for Justice in the Poultry Industry

Dave Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Dave Murphy

Poultry farmers face daily fear, uncertainty and intimidation from the companies they contract with. This type of intimidation is a clear sign of how powerful and arrogant these companies have grown.

Court Rejects Meat Industry Attempt to Thwart Regulation

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

In a third straight federal appellate court ruling against the meat industry, the Ninth Circuit ruled today that California is well within its authority to ban the sale, transport, or purchase of downer cows and pigs.

DOJ's Holder calls for Historic Era of Antitrust Enforcement in Agriculture

Dave Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Murphy

While many have waited a lifetime to hear government officials address the lack of competition in agriculture and enforce antitrust laws, one question remains: How fast will the wheels of justice turn?

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution: Yes!

Marion Nestle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marion Nestle

Remember, this is reality TV. With that said, let's give the guy plenty of credit for what he is trying to do: cook real food. What a concept!

Struggling Families Depend More On School Lunches

AP | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For a couple tight weeks after taking in her sixth-grade stepson, Lisa Lewis fretted about how to pay for his school lunches....

Western States Brace For Grasshopper Infestation

AP | MATT JOYCE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

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Obama's Factory Farm Policy: Not As Bad As You Think

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Kirby

Candidate Obama won the all-important Iowa caucuses largely due to his aggressive posture on confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), or factory farms.

Federal Audit, Lawmakers Spotlight Puppy Mill Problems

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

There's long overdue action on the issue of puppy mills, and the issue got some much-needed attention yesterday from the federal government. Sens. Ric...

Green News Report -- March 23, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: World Water D...

Chicken Farmers Describe a System of Extortion and Economic Slavery

Regina Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Regina Weiss

At the May 21st hearing, attorney General Eric Holder was urged to enforce federal antitrust laws on behalf of contract poultry growers who raise flo...

Do Government Health Interventions Ruin Personal Liberty?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I realize that's a bumper sticker slogan for the "right to life" movement, but that's not how I mean it -- I choose the lives.

Detroit As a Farm

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

That we've reached the point of entertaining the idea--of turning Detroit into a semi-rural city--reflects both a crisis of failed urban policies, and an opportunity to rebuild from the ashes.

New U.S.D.A. Effort Targets Link between Obesity and Food Stamps

scientificamerican.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

With a swipe of a food stamp debit card on a handheld credit machine, shoppers at the Harvest Home Farmers Market receive a stack of wooden tokens wor...

Obama's USDA Less Transparent Than Bush's

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

The Environmental Working Group has worked hard to track the billions lavished on the wealthiest and largest farm operations in the country, in the ho...

Obama Keeps Two Factory Farm Promises - Will Hold "National Rural Summit"

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

I learned on Friday that the administration will soon rein in Big Ag and announce a "National Rural Summit," something that candidate Obama had promised but failed to accomplish in his first 100 days.

Eight Steps the Department of Justice Could Take to Reform Farming

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robyn O'Brien

On Friday, in an unprecedented move with the USDA, the Department of Justice will launch an investigation into the farm business.

Mad Cow Disease Case Hidden For Weeks By Canadian and U.S. Agencies

HuffPost Citizen Reporting | Nikki Zeichner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Produced by HuffPost's Citizen Reporting Team On February 25, 2010, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed a recent case of bovine spo...