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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,...

State Lawmakers Push Bills To Limit Undercover Animal Abuse Videos

AP | TRACIE CONE | Posted 03.17.2013 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- An undercover video that showed California cows struggling to stand as they were prodded to slaughter by forklifts led to the la...

Spending Cuts Could Wreak Havoc On Milk Prices

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

MADISON, Wis. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm said it won't issue some agricultural reports this year because of automati...

Meat Shortage Coming?

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

* Furloughs expected to begin in mid-July, total 11 days * Furlough days will be sporadic, none in succession WASHINGTON...

Report: U.S. Considering Massive Sugar Bailout

Posted 03.13.2013 | Business

U.S. sugar producers are poised to get a sweet deal. The USDA is considering buying 400,000 tons of sugar in an aim to limit supply and boost pric...

Moving in the Wrong Direction for Horses

Ed Sayres | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green
Ed Sayres

What is the USDA doing to stop this terrible problem? Unbelievably, we understand they intend to move forward with processing one of the pending applications before them for a horse slaughter operation here in the U.S.

Horse Slaughterhouse Seeks Approval From USDA

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 03.01.2013 | Business

In recent weeks, consumers in the United States may have been relieved to know the discovery of horse meat in products labeled all-beef was relegated ...

The Sequester Might Force You To Go Vegetarian

Reuters | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business

* Meat inspector furloughs may be non-consecutive days * USDA seeks ways to minimize impact on industry, consumer * Meat...

Following USDA Eating Guidelines Made Me Neurotic -- But Not Healthy

Joe Satran | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

Essentially, the experience made me neurotic and anxious about food (one of my great pleasures!) without making me especially healthy.

In the Public Interest: Danger on Our Dinner Tables

Nasima Hossain | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Nasima Hossain

Sequestration is one of the hottest topics in D.C. right now, but one consequence that has been largely overlooked is the impact that these budget cuts would have on our dinner tables and our health.

My MyPlate Experiment Hits The Weekend

Joe Satran | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

I wish I could stay I'd stayed equally stalwart in my dedication to the plan all week, but that wouldn't be quite true. I sort of lost enthusiasm and dedication, unsurprisingly, just as the weekend hit.

Meatless Monday: Meat Free Since '83, Chicago Diner Turns 30

Ellen Kanner | Posted 04.13.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

The large and varied menu has something for everyone, from the soul bowl for true veggie lovers to the vegan wingz for people who prefer meat alternatives that taste like meat. What Chicago Diner serves up "has a lot to do with the food we want to eat."

Are Kids Going to Eat Less Junk at School?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The days of snacking on candy, soda and chips in schools may soon be over. Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new proposed standards for snacks sold at schools.

USDA's New "Competitive" School Food Rules -- What You Need to Know

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 04.06.2013 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

After months of delay, the USDA released its proposed rules governing the nutritional quality of so-called "competitive" foods and beverages offered on school campuses.  Here's an overview of the rules' key provisions and my take on some of the big issues to watch.

USDA Unveils New Effort To Cut Junk Food In Schools

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 04.04.2013 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Most candy, high-calorie drinks and greasy meals could soon be on a food blacklist in the nation's schools. For the first time, the gov...