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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."

When Good Turkey Goes Bad: 10 Tips for Carving Out Food Waste

OnEarth | Posted 01.20.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Justine E. Hausheer, OnEarth We may lovingly handpick our cranberries at the local farmers' market and buy only organic-raised heirloom turkeys. E...

Outraged by Pink Slime? Actually, Chicken Could Be a Much Bigger Risk

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 01.19.2013 | Home
Bruce Friedrich

There's a real dispute about the safety of pink slime, but not so of chicken. If we has a nation became alarmed in proper proportion to things that are concerning, however, white slime would be a much bigger concern than pink slime.

For Returning Tennessee Veterans, Clean Energy Jobs Are a Perfect Fit

Nicole Lederer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Lederer

While Tennessee might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of clean energy, Gen. Castellaw sees opportunity in his home state.

Shot Across the Bow

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Conservatives can't complain next time they see a rat hair sticking out of their hotdog. They can't lament when a loved one dies from drug contamination or when a child gets ill from bad meat. This is the natural consequence of their political philosophy.

Seven Things to Tell Your Friends About GMOs

Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé | Posted 10.25.2012 | Home
Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé

We know it's easy to get sunk by "information overload" and agribusiness advertising. So far the largest GMO maker, Monsanto, and other industry giants have plowed at least $35 million into keeping us in the dark.

Schools Ban Flamin' Hot Cheetos, But Why Stop There?

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 10.19.2012 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

Various schools around the country are banning Flamin' Hot Cheetos. But what makes Flamin' Hot Cheetos so different from other junk food that it deserves its own special ban in schools? And why are schools in the business of selling this stuff?

What Will You Do for the Revolution? Prop 37, D-Day for the Food Movement

Dave Murphy | Posted 12.15.2012 | Home
Dave Murphy

For the food movement, for the future of our planet and our democracy, there is no more important battle than to reclaim our rights from out of control corporations and the failure of government oversight.

New USDA Nutrition Guidelines Could Help Children Reclaim Their Childhoods

Elisa Batista | Posted 12.12.2012 | Parents
Elisa Batista

The subject of obesity shouldn't be taboo. We need to talk about its causes and what we can do as a society to address it because it is killing us.

Updating School Food, and Why Kids Aren't Lovin' It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.08.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We want our kids to eat well because we want them to be healthy, and we want them to be healthy because we love them. They need to know that -- and that job resides with families, not government. They need to know that they can wind up loving foods that love them back.

Fighting Pollution Trading to Preserve the Clean Water Act

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 12.05.2012 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Pollution trading violates the fundamental concept that the Clean Water Act is built upon, which is that pollution is illegal and industries don't have a right to poison our shared waterways.

"Pink Slime" Lawsuit May Be Frivolous, But Could Chill Speech

Michele Simon | Posted 11.28.2012 | Home
Michele Simon

The entire pink slime affair should be viewed as a huge wake-up call to the harsh realities of our industrialized meat supply. But Beef Products Inc.'s case against ABC News could scare the media and others out of speaking out against the meat industry.

'Why Is This News?' Stewart Rails Against Fox's Puzzling FLOTUS Vilification

Posted 09.28.2012 | Comedy

On Thursday night's "Daily Show," Jon Stewart did not hold back his feelings about Fox News' vilification of Michelle Obama for -- dun dun dun -- enco...

An Insider’s Take On USDA’s Problematic New Poultry Rule

Food Integrity Campaign | Posted 11.26.2012 | Home
Food Integrity Campaign

Under the new inspection model, the jobs once done by inspectors will be taken over by plant workers themselves -- the quintessential fox guarding the hen house model.

WATCH: Students Donate Fruit They're Forced To Take

Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact

Though students are now required to take more fruits and vegetables, the new meal guidelines can’t force them to actually eat the healthful foods. B...

Ground Beef In Massive Canadian E. Coli Recall Entered U.S.

Posted 09.21.2012 | Home

The USDA confirmed late Thursday that ground beef recalled nationwide in Canada for potential E. coli contamination had entertained the U.S. market. ...

Tom Zeller Jr.

Rural Minorities Struggling To Get Foothold On Economic Ladder

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

About 22 miles northeast of Laredo, Texas, in an otherwise desolate and unincorporated stretch of Webb County, a roughed-out grid of unnamed dirt road...

My Child's Perfect School Lunch

Ricky Choi, MD, MPH | Posted 11.18.2012 | Parents
Ricky Choi, MD, MPH

Our ultimate goal as parents is to raise children who will make good choices, and that includes having a healthy relationship with food.

GOP Bill Moves To Repeal USDA Calorie Limits On School Lunches

Posted 09.19.2012 | Education

As the new school year begins, fresh school lunch regulations are in effect to encourage healthy eating. But not everyone's pleased. While students fr...

Obama Administration Backwards On Food Safety

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 11.14.2012 | Home
Wenonah Hauter

The 56-page 2012 Democratic Party Platform included no mention of food safety or the President's monumental signing of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

USDA Buying Meat Again From Controversial Slaughterhouse

AP | Posted 09.11.2012 | Home

FRESNO, Calif. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying meat again from a Central California slaughterhouse that's been at the center of an ani...

Organic Food vs. Conventional: What the Stanford Study Missed

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.06.2012 | Home
Robyn O'Brien

Stanford's report that organic foods may not be much healthier or more nutritious than their conventional counterparts has caused quite a stir. Food, clean from antibiotics, growth hormones and pesticide residue, should be a basic human right.

New Hunger Data Shows a Generation at Risk

Billy Shore | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Billy Shore

Without the food and nutrition they need to learn and grow, vulnerable children face increased health, education and employment challenges. Simply put, we cannot have a stronger America with weaker kids.

Rising Temperature Raising Food Prices

Lester Brown | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Lester Brown

Over the last two months, the price of corn has been climbing. On July 19, it exceeded $8 per bushel for the first time, taking the world into a new food price terrain.

A Wake-up Call: USDA Slaughterhouse Closing

Gene Baur | Posted 10.28.2012 | Green
Gene Baur

The slaughter of animals too sick, injured, or weak to stand and walk on their own ("downers" as the industry calls them) at Central Valley Meats, a supplier for the USDA's national school lunch program, has justly raised concerns about the safety of the U.S. meat supply.