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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...

The Hungry Child

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Hunger and malnutrition have devastating consequences for children. Federal nutrition programs continue to be a critical support to ensure children's daily nutritional needs are met: they put food on children's plates, help build healthy minds and bodies, and help lift families out of poverty.

California Slaughterhouse Shuts Down After Massive Beef Recall

AP | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A California slaughterhouse at the center of a massive beef recall has voluntarily halted operations, as it tries to track d...

Nearly 9 MILLION Pounds Of Beef Recalled

AP | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because it processed diseased and u...

The Climate Post: Keystone XL Assessment Report Finds No Significant Environmental Objections

Tim Profeta | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The State Department issued its final environmental impact statement on the Keystone XL pipeline, which echoed findings in previous analyses that the pipeline would lead to no substantial increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

HSUS Undercover Investigation Shutters NJ Slaughter Plant

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 03.29.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

This morning, The HSUS publicly released footage of our latest undercover investigation into slaughterhouse abuses and the continuing mistreatment of ...

Are American Diets Getting Better?

Cooking Light | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Cooking Light

In the end, it's hard to pinpoint cause in the behavioral change of a whole population. Change comes from thousands of small nudges, ranging from education programs to clearer labeling to the availability of better-tasting food that doesn't play to the appetite for junk.

Chicken From China? Why You Should Be Worried

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Bettina Elias Siegel

Here's why we're so concerned.  China has an unusually troubling record when it comes to food safety, as reported on by numerous media outlets.

Members of Congress, Farmers and Businesses Call on Obama to Fulfill Campaign Promise on GMO Labeling

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

Although the FDA doesn't need congressional authorization in order to mandate a federal labeling standard for GMOs, federal lawmakers have become increasingly vocal on the issue.

USDA Greenlights Dow's 2,4-D Seeds

Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home
Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

USDA welcomed in the new year by presenting Dow AgroSciences with a bountiful gift: a virtual green light for the pesticide company's new genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean seeds. These crops are designed specifically to be used with Dow's infamous herbicide, 2,4-D.

Why the USDA's Decision Could Be Bad for Our Kids' Health

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

We must protest the USDA decision to expand meat consumption in schools. It is in youth that one develops eating habits and we dare not set our children off on a path toward uninformed consumption, disease and worse.

USDA Opens Doors To New Herbicide-Resistant Seeds

AP | M.L. JOHNSON | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The federal government on Friday proposed eliminating restrictions on the use of corn and soybean seeds that are genetically engine...

Dept. Of Agriculture Permanently Eases Up On School Meals

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childho...

Contaminated Chicken for Christmas Dinner?

Martha Burk | Posted 02.19.2014 | Home
Martha Burk

Just in time for Christmas dinner, Consumer Reports published a report highlighting the danger posed by the high rate of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in U.S. poultry aisles.

What's Next for Big Island and Anti-GMO Bill 113

Richard Ha | Posted 02.17.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

On Tuesday, the Hawai'i County Council will decide whether to form an ad hoc committee of council members to analyze GMO issues and give the council recommendations for action. Otherwise, the mayor will do the analysis in-house.

Harshing Your Mellow

Katy Keiffer | Posted 02.16.2014 | Home
Katy Keiffer

Although the FDA is making a public display of ratcheting down antibiotic use in livestock agriculture, a reality check is in order. What has to happen in livestock agriculture is nothing less than a paradigm shift in production practices.

Young Farmers Conference a Cornucopia of News and Views

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 02.10.2014 | Home
Corinna Clendenen

The face of farming is changing, both in the profiles of new farmers and in their perceived image. With rising social stature, some say the celebrity farmer will soon outshine the celebrity chef.

'La La La La La' Anyone?

Richard Ha | Posted 02.09.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Farmers and other Ag and business people on the Big Island are in disbelief - to put it mildly - that Mayor Kenoi signed Bill 113, the anti-GMO bill, last week, without first putting together a group to research the science and investigate the serious, unintended consequences we know will result.

Meatless Monday: Give Back, Don't Throw Out

Ellen Kanner | Posted 02.01.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Before you pitch those potatoes, stop and consider they'll be joining an estimated 36 billion tons of annual American food waste.

There Shouldn't Be a Job Like This

Navina Khanna | Posted 01.27.2014 | Home
Navina Khanna

What haunts me most is not the countless studies that document the inhumane treatment of animals or the research by the Environmental Working Group that established that each ounce of turkey consumed has the carbon footprint of driving a mile in a car.

What's for Thanksgiving? Hopefully Not More Crippling Pain for Poultry Workers

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.26.2014 | Home
Rena Steinzor

Workers who suffer grave ergonomic injuries from the repetitive motions of hanging, cutting, and packing the birds would endure conditions that are two or three times worse than the status quo.

Longevity, Anyone? Top 20 Reasons to Go Vegan During World Vegan Month

Kathy Stevens | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathy Stevens

A planet that desperately needs all of us to go vegan, the torture and suffering of animals who want their lives as much as we want ours, and contests with prizes such as your weight in chocolate: The reasons to try a vegan diet during November, World Vegan Month, range from the ethically compelling to the downright silly.

Homegrown by Heroes Program to Roll out Nationwide

Linda Watson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Linda Watson

Would you make a special effort to buy food raised by veterans?