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There Shouldn't Be a Job Like This

Navina Khanna | Posted 01.27.2014 | Food
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 | Food
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?

Salads, Sandwiches Recalled After E. Coli Outbreak

AP | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living

RICHMOND, Calif. -- RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — More than 90 tons of ready-to-eat salads and sandwiches by a California catering company are being recal...

New USDA Plan Could Increase Horrific Bird Abuse

The Washington Post | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green

Nearly 1 million chickens and turkeys are unintentionally boiled alive each year in U.S. slaughterhouses, often because fast-moving lines fail to kil...

Humane Treatment of Animals

Lucy Anthenill, DVM, PhD | Posted 12.24.2013 | Green
Lucy Anthenill, DVM, PhD

Humane handling has increasingly become an important issue to the American public, and rightly so. The discerning public demands that the animals that go into those packages on our shelves are treated humanely before giving their lives to our service.

On Bittman and Kristof, Salmonella and Chickens

Kathy Stevens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kathy Stevens

Paulie quickly learned the sound of my car, charged to my car door when he heard it, squawking and hopping up and down like a lunatic, wanting a car ride. Paulie loved sitting in my lap and driving around town!

Cook That Chicken Because You're on Your Own

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rena Steinzor

CDC investigators are a vital link in the chain of public protection because they are the people who "trace back" illness to its source. Obviously, knowing someone has salmonella poisoning is not enough: we also need to know which food from what company gave them the disease.

Food Stamp Debit Cards Not Working In 17 States

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.12.2013 | Business

-- People in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a ro...

Playing Chicken With Food Safety

Michael Winship | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

New rules the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to put into effect would transfer much of the work inspecting pork and chicken and turkey meat from trained government inspectors to the processing companies themselves. Talk about putting the fox in the henhouse!

Shutdown Jeopardizes Crucial Program For The Poor

AP | MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jacob Quick is a fat and happy 4-month-old with a big and expensive appetite. Like millions of other poor wo...

The Shutdown: Our Food Safety, Health and Welfare at Stake

Kristin Wartman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Kristin Wartman

While Congress battles it out over health care reform, the resulting government shutdown will have far-reaching impacts on food safety, environmental protections, food production and farming. It also has serious implications for the health and nutrition of many Americans.

Government Shutdown Harms Family Farms

Scott Marlow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Scott Marlow

Farmers are doing their jobs. USDA did their jobs. Now Congress, by not doing their job, may be costing more 1,400 farmers their farms. Farmers are finding themselves in this last-hope situation because of many factors, often not under their control.

So Do We Really Need Funding For Science Or Benefits For Vets?

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 12.02.2013 | Fifty
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Don't worry veterans, you might not get your educational and rehabilitation benefits, but it could be worse. Actually it will be worse if this goes on for more than a few weeks, but let's not go there. Tune in next week, what's next? Witch hunts?

GROSS: Plastic Found In Recalled School Lunch Meat

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business

More than 58,000 pounds of beef intended for school lunches is being recalled after the U.S. Department of Agriculture discovered the meat may contain...

Report Reveals Worst Laboratory for Animal Welfare Violations

Julia Orr | Posted 11.24.2013 | Green
Julia Orr

The USDA apparently cares enough to have cited these labs over and over again, expecting at the very least rudimentary animal care, but it is woefully inadequate at fining, inspecting, and citing labs.

College's Plates Aim To Promote Healthy Eating

AP | HOLLY RAMER | Posted 09.18.2013 | College

DURHAM, N.H. -- They may not be binging on broccoli, but some University of New Hampshire students are at least pausing before they fill up on fried f...

A Very Unhappy Birthday for the Tongass National Forest

Cindy Shogan | Posted 11.13.2013 | Green
Cindy Shogan

When we blew out the candles on our Tongass birthday cake this year, we made a very specific wish -- that the Forest Service finally make good on its promise to stop devastating large-scale industrial logging, transition away from old-growth logging, and protect America's rainforest for the future.

Obama Deregulatory Proposal on Poultry Gets Slammed by GAO: Food Safety in Jeopardy and Workers Ignored

Rena Steinzor | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

It's no surprise that the occupational safety and health analysis behind the rule is so bad. USDA failed to consult with OSHA before the proposal was rushed out the door last year.

For the USDA, Chicken Is Just Politics

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 11.05.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

When you purchase chicken at the grocery store, you might have the perfectly reasonable expectation that the poultry you are buying was raised on an American farm, and that it was inspected by a government official. Well, lower your expectations.

They May Owe The Government $1.5 Million For Raisins

CNBC | Jane Wells | Posted 09.04.2013 | Business

CNBC: There is a government program which can force a farmer to hand over nearly half of his or her annual crop without getting paid for it. The...

Hungry for Happiness: Arby's Quest to End Childhood Hunger

Laura Dunn | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Laura Dunn

Over 16 million children across America experience hunger every year. This is a shocking statistic, and Arby's Foundation is playing its part to raise awareness and help to end childhood hunger.

Texas Passes Law to Keep Junk Food in Schools (Yeah, You Read That Right)

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

Even as the nation as a whole is moving ahead to improve student health, here in Texas the legislature has just taken a big step in the wrong direction.

Markets Bring Greens to Consumers, Greenbelts to Cities, Green to Farmers

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

In cities across the country, the end of summer brings throngs to the revived urban famers markets that have become part of the quality of life of many neighborhoods.