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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 08.23.2014 | 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.

The Seed Experiment

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The case for providing the basics for all children in America is hard to refute. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.2 million children were lifted out of poverty by SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, in 2012. Yet right now we are fast approaching a critical time for hungry children: summer vacation.

Why It's Time To Dump The 'Filthy Chicken Rule'

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
J. David Cox Sr.

Do you think any human can adequately inspect three birds every second to ensure they are free of feathers, feces, lesions, bile and other contaminants?

USDA Kicks Off Drive for School Meals Worldwide

William Lambers | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Throughout their careers, McGovern and Dole have fought for school lunches for all children, both here in the U.S. and abroad. That is the goal we have to keep seeking.

USDA: Selling Out Organic to Protect Five Factory Farms

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

The USDA's decision doesn't just violate our moral intuitions and the expectations of organic consumers; it also violates the Department's legal mandate in at least two distinct ways.

U.S. to Help Ukraine by Importing Hemp

Ben Droz | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Ben Droz

Two birds with one stone: we help Ukraine by importing hemp seeds, and then boost our own economy by giving farmers and industry a new crop and resource.

Meatless Monday: Dealing With Abundant Scarcity

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.24.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Some people believe in abundance, that the universe will provide. Others believe in scarcity, that there's not enough to go around. I seem to be bi. I...

Why Your 'Organic' Meat And Dairy Isn't So Organic This Year

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green

Your organic meat and dairy isn’t quite as organic as it was last year. A variance issued last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is all...

Sugar Kills! How Do We Decrease Consumption?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Our advice could be simple: "Eat real food. If they advertise it, don't buy it." The explanation simple as well: They advertise food and beverages because they want you to eat and drink products that are unhealthy."

Federal Judge's Decision Closes Black Farmers' Lawsuit, Leaves Some Disappointed

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

A federal judge's recent ruling has finally settled outstanding issues in the black farmers' long-running lawsuit, nearly 30 years after I first sta...

Dave Jamieson

White House's Gift To The Poultry Industry Under Fire From Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It appears the Agriculture Department's controversial plan to create faster line speeds in poultry processing plants has hit another sna...

USDA: Time to Stop the Chicken Industry From Boiling Birds Alive

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

That's right: The agency charged with enforcing the Humane Slaughter Act refuses to enforce it for more than 98 percent of slaughtered animals.

Playing Chicken With Our Health

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 04.29.2014 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Food inspections in our highly consolidated food system are vital, because once a problem gets into the food supply, it can be weeks before it's detected. So why do some in Congress support a new measure to deregulate meat inspections that could be implemented in the near future?

Slaughterhouse Allegedly Sold Meat From Cows With Cancer

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living

The nearly 9 million pounds of beef recalled from a California slaughterhouse this month may have come from cows sick with cancer, inside sources are ...

Meatless Monday: The Missing Link

Ellen Kanner | Posted 04.26.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

You may be chilly now, but on the global scale, things are heating up. Recent findings by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) con...