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A More Sustainable Mother's Day

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Planting a vegetable garden at home is not only a fun Mother's Day activity, but is also an excellent way to make sure that Mom has fresh produce available for the rest of the summer.

Federal Government Nation's Biggest Creator of Low-Wage Jobs: Time for Obama to Act

Mike Lux | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

President Obama has waited too long. The president could help those 2,000,000 low-wage workers working for government contractors with an executive order, and for over four years now, he has refused to act.

Ideologically Contaminated Produce Shopper's Guide Undermines Health

Jeff Stier | Posted 07.03.2013 | Media
Jeff Stier

We will never convince the intransigent ideologues of the error of their ways, but the media can -- and must -- do better at presenting accurate and complete information about pesticides.

Shame on The New York Times for Their Black Farmers and "Spigot" Story

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 07.02.2013 | Black Voices
John W. Boyd Jr.

Shame on The New York Times for the bias that was so evident in last week's front page story titled "Federal Spigot Flows as Farmers Claim Bias." It c...

Rachel Tepper

With Ban Lifted, Forbidden Meats Could Debut Stateside

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Tepper | Posted 05.01.2013 | Small Business

Here's news sure to make the hearts of charcuterie fans skip a beat: The U.S. Department of Agriculture indicated Friday that it will relax a ban on I...

Foodies With Worries

Liz Neumark | Posted 06.26.2013 | Green
Liz Neumark

How safe is our food? How does the FDA monitor domestic food products (as well as what comes into the U.S. food system from other countries?)

Don't Let Food Safety Reform Go Down the Disposal

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

While many worthy policies and programs need funding, it's hard to think of any more universally necessary than protecting our nation's food supply. The sequestration means, however, the FDA will be forced to reduce the number of inspections it conducts.

U.S. Dairy Industry: Leading the Way in Sustainable Innovation

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Sec. Tom Vilsack

U.S. dairy producers are leading the way in productivity and innovation when it comes to sustainable practices. Earlier this afternoon, I joined Innov...

Scientists Unite to Share Ag Data and Feed the World

Catherine Woteki | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Catherine Woteki

We will empower farmers and agricultural producers from Uganda to Bangladesh with the knowledge gained by those in other countries so that they can be as fruitful and productive as producers anywhere.

USDA Starts New Program To Strengthen Security Of Food Supply

AP | M.L. JOHNSON | Posted 06.17.2013 | Green

MILWAUKEE — The federal government has launched a new livestock identification program to help agriculture officials to quickly track livestock ...

Making Food and Agriculture Attractive to Youth

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.15.2013 | Taste
Danielle Nierenberg

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to an amazing group of 12 to 14 year old adolescents--these kids are Montessori school students who came together to talk about ways to make the food system more just and environmentally sustainable.

Candy and Junk Food in the Classroom: the Other 'Competitive Food'

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Kids spend the vast majority of their waking life at school and the food they encounter there does matter. It matters on a purely nutritional level, of course, but it also matters on an educational level.

Eat-In at the FDA

Ben Droz | Posted 06.10.2013 | DC
Ben Droz

Whatever your thoughts on GMO foods or GMO fish, whether you eat them or avoid them, please take action. f you don't, the FDA will continue to spend American tax dollars asking the wrong questions.

Ridding Schools of Fast Food, Junk Food, and Soda Pushers

Michele Simon | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Michele Simon

Maintaining the presence of fast food, soft drink, and junk food companies in public schools sends all the wrong messages to children. These companies are eager to sell their products in schools because they want to get kids hooked at an early age, to ensure brand loyalty for life.

15 percent of Americans Receive Food Stamps

Evelyn J. Kim | Posted 06.08.2013 | Taste
Evelyn J. Kim

While war is an obvious condition for food insecurity, what we have now in the U.S. seems unfathomable. For many children, parents and so many others, hunger is an ever-present reality.

Market for U.S. Horse Meat Plunges in Wake of Burger-Gate

Vickery Eckhoff | Posted 06.05.2013 | Green
Vickery Eckhoff

Five states looking to snag millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to inspect horse meat plants may want to rethink their plans in light of a precipitous drop in demand.

Analysis: Easier Meat Labels? My Butt

Meathead | Posted 06.05.2013 | Taste
Meathead

The new naming convention is a long way from being as easy as it could be.

Who Snuck A Rider Into The Ag Bill That Ordered The USDA To Ignore Judges?

Mother Jones | By Tom Philpott | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

As I reported a couple of weeks ago, a recent Senate bill came with a nice bonus for the genetically modified seed industry: a rider, wholly unrelated...

Now You Can Blame That Rash on Climate Change

OnEarth | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Jessica Camille Aguirre, OnEarth Back in college, I developed an oozing poison ivy rash all over my neck and arms and had to go on steroids -- just...

7 States Running Out Of Water

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E.M. Hess, Samuel Weigley, Michael Sauter | Posted 06.19.2014 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: The United States is in the midst of one of the biggest droughts in recent memory. At last count, over half of the lower 48 states...

Bill Would Expand Free School Lunch To Weekends, Holidays

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Low-income children could get free lunches on weekends and holidays instead of only on school days under a bill introduced this week by ...

Monsanto Teams Up With Congress to Shred the Constitution

Michele Simon | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

A provision snuck into the budget bill passed last week in Congress upends our political system. Without any hearings on the matter, the Senate included language that would require the USDA to essentially ignore any court ruling that would otherwise halt the planting of new genetically engineered crops.

13 Tips for a More Sustainable Easter Celebration

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.27.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Easter is approaching, and many people are gearing up to celebrate. As the holiday gets closer, Food Tank: The Food Think Tank wants to share 13 ideas on how to have a more sustainable, eco-friendly Easter.

USDA StrikeForce: Expanding Partnerships and Opportunity in Rural Communities

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Unfortunately, 90 percent of America's persistent poverty counties are in rural America -- and we can't allow these areas to be left behind. This week, USDA is further expanding a program to partner with rural communities on projects they support to promote economic growth.

Does the Chesapeake Bay Need Savin'?

Mike Smith | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Mike Smith

President's Executive Order Protects Bay Budget, EPA Progress Report Issued for Comment The rockfish are running again in the Chesapeake Bay, the 64,...