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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...

USDA To Test Greek Yogurt As Protein For School Lunches

Posted 01.30.2013 | Education

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a pilot program that could place Greek yogurt in school cafeterias across the country by April as a pr...

USDA To Announce New Healthy School Snack Rules

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education

* USDA secretary says foods rule expected early 2013 * Soft drink makers needed time to change products -Vilsack * Advoc...

Anti-Whistleblower (AgGag) Laws Threaten Human Health, the Environment and Animals

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 03.31.2013 | Green
Bruce Friedrich

The industry's response to years of evidence of egregious, and often criminal, animal cruelty and of diseased and adulterated meat entering the market is to attempt to outlaw undercover investigations.

Joseph Stiglitz and the World Economic Forum: Making the Connection Between Climate Change and Economics

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 03.26.2013 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

While international negotiations and the White House continue to dither on ratifying an internationally binding climate treaty, at the international, the state and regional level, plans for solutions that move beyond the gridlock are already afoot.

Who Grows Our Food: Clovercrest Farm's Steve Morrison

Ellen Kanner | Posted 03.09.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Organic is how Morrison eats. "When I was growing up, my mother produced all the vegetables we ever ate. She put a lot of food by for the winter, canning and freezing." He and his wife Sonja keep that tradition alive for themselves and Morrison's three daughters. "We don't have much occasion to eat food that isn't organic."

Key Group Slammed As 'Less And Less Relevant'

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It's "becoming less and less relevant," he says. A month afte...

Nutrition Guidance: What's Novel, What's NuVal

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

My career is devoted to the use of lifestyle practices -- and above all, diet and physical activity -- to the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. Feet and forks, along with fingers that do or don't hold cigarettes, are well established as the master levers of medical destiny.

Where the Jobs Are: Migrate Back to the Farm or to Agriculture

Christopher Dutton, VMD | Posted 01.21.2013 | College
Christopher Dutton, VMD

Experience on many different types of farms, interacting with food outlets and other ag-related businesses, is invaluable in helping to learn about how the agricultural economy works. I often say to my students, "the farm is the professor."