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Stop GE Alfalfa: Consumers Care About GE Contamination

Naomi Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Naomi Starkman

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) sued USDA on behalf of farmers and others regarding its approval of Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa.

USDA Says Genetically-Engineered Alfalfa is Safe for Environment

Marlen Suyapa Bodden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marlen Suyapa Bodden

Environmental and food safety advocates are cheering the attention that the use of genetically-engineered plants will get in an upcoming Monsanto appeal, but worry that the USDA will short-circuit the appeals process.

USDA Food Atlas Tool Brings You Closer To Your Food

Planet Green | Sara Novak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Your Food Environment Atlas is a new interactive web tool that allows users to find local farmers' markets, farms, and other local producers. But it g...

Tea, Green: Five Experts Serve Up Their Favorite Eco-Friendly Brews

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

The tea industry has an ugly history of deforesting, damaging biodiversity, and using pesticides. To promote more enlightened sipping, we asked five experts to name their preferred brew.

Landmark Settlement With African American Farmers Is Long Overdue

Dan Glickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Glickman

When I became Agriculture Secretary in 1995, I was scarcely aware of a long, painful chapter in the history of American civil rights. Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that it will finally be closed.

Green News Report -- February 16, 2010 (Audio)

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

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Buh-bye, Evan Bayh; Supertrains for China, not so much for the U.S.; Freeways cause heart attacks...

USDA Organic Standards: Dairy and Livestock Will Get Tighter Rules

Treehugger | Sara Novak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

As organic food has grown in popularity so too have the size of organic dairies and farms in this country. And in the last ten years questions have be...

Another Assault on the SOLE Food Movement

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kurt Michael Friese

Causing no end of difficulties in our national discourse is the steadfast belief held by both the right and the left that everything is either right o...

Fight Childhood Obesity By Supporting Public School Nutrition Reform

Sarah Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sarah Newman

Kids have gotten bigger recently. In fact, according to the CDC, obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years with nearly 20 percent of children aged 6-11 and 18 percent for those aged 12-19.

Health Care Begins With a Grocery Cart

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robyn O'Brien

Safe food is a social justice issue that our taxpayer dollars could be used to support. Perhaps it's time to invite the USDA into the health care debate.

Sustainable Energy: Thermal Banking Greenhouse Design

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

Extending the growing season to year-round in a Northern climate, and using only renewable energy to do so, Minnesota organic farmer Steven Schwen, ex...

What I'll Be Listening for Tonight

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 01.27.2010 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Tonight as the President speaks I'll be listening and hoping that the President agrees that the best way through these times is by pursuing opportunity for all.

USDA: States Struggle To Administer Food Stamps

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With more Americans going hungry than ever before, the Agriculture Department is concerned that dozens of states aren't adequately ...

H1N1 Found in First US Commercial Swine Herd - Keep Your Eye on Factory Farms, China, and the Birds

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

Though it would appear that people can infect pigs with H1N1, it is not clear whether live pigs can infect people. For now, officials are far more worried about the former than the latter.

A New Family Farmer (Video)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

According to the latest (2007) USDA Census data compiled by the National Agriculture Statistics Service, roughly 4 million family farms have been lost since the 1930's.

When it Comes to Lack of Federal Nutrition Dollars, Schwarzenegger Only has Himself to Blame

Rep. Joe Baca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Rep. Joe Baca

Instead of encouraging greater participation in the food stamp program, the governor has refused to put greater state resources behind promoting this sound policy.

USDA Classifies PETA As A Terrorist Threat

treehugger.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

PETA is one of the most controversial activist groups operating today. The group's contentious media campaigns, undercover operations, infamous advert...

Is Obama Ready to Take on Factory Farming?

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Kirby

Are animal factories here to stay? Whatever the Obama team decides to do -- or not do -- could have a huge impact on the way we raise food animals in America for decades to come.

Ground Beef Recalled After Two Deaths, E. Coli Contamination Feared

AP | BEN DOBBIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Contaminated fresh ground beef caused a possible E. coli outbreak that killed two people and sent 16 others to hospitals, fede...

Hormones in U.S. Beef

Samuel S. Epstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Samuel S. Epstein

Increased levels of sex hormones in U.S. beef are linked to the escalating incidence of reproductive cancers in the U.S. since 1975.

USDA Allows Meat In Schools that Doesn't Meet Fast Food Chains' Standards

Dave Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Murphy

How is it that the U.S. can put a man on the moon, but can't seem to feed its children school lunches that are no healthier than the food served at McDonald's or Jack in the Box?

Let's Feed America

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sarah Newman

The latest government report on poverty suggesting that U.S. hunger problem lies at least partly in wages, not just an absence of work. This begs the question, how are these people surviving?

The Obama Administration and Food, Year One

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

A year after Obama's election, advocates hoping for deep improvements in our food system can point to only a few successes, while other policies that could lead to food insecurity are brewing in back rooms.

Big Pork at the Government Trough -- Again

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The public no longer wants a combination of financial bailouts and government deregulation. But Congress and the U.S.D.A. never seem to have gotten the memo when it comes to Big Agribusiness, especially the pork industry.

Rachel Maddow Takes on Corporate Agribusiness PR. Next Up, the Fight for Food Safety?

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Rachel Maddow continues her work pulling back the layers of American politics to expose underhanded and manipulative lobbying tactics to the public.