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Mr. Almanza: You Missed Some Key Facts

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 06.17.2012 | Food
Wenonah Hauter

Food & Water Watch is not a "Johnny-come-lately" to the food safety program at the USDA. We are opposed to the proposed poultry inspection rule for several reasons.

Big Poultry's Dangerous Push for Faster Line Speeds

Joe Hansen | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Joe Hansen

The only thing worse than a chicken with its head cut off is one with its head in the sand. That was my initial reaction after reading Administrator Alfred Almanza's piece defending Big Poultry's push to dramatically increase line speed in our nation's plants.

USDA Defends Contentious Poultry Inspection Proposal

Alfred V. Almanza | Posted 06.13.2012 | Food
Alfred V. Almanza

Over the last few weeks, there's been a lot of misinformation in the media about a proposal by USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) to modernize inspection at poultry slaughter plants. In fact, our plan will help prevent foodborne illnesses.

175 Chickens in One Minute?!

Craig McCord | Posted 06.12.2012 | Green
Craig McCord

Right now, the USDA inspectors inspect 35 chickens a minute for lovely things such as bile, feces and random spare parts that got through processing. That's a chicken every two seconds.

'Green News Report' - April 5, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.05.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Obama pus...

Less than One Month to Comment on Corn Resistant to Agent Orange Herbicide 2,4-D

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 06.05.2012 | Food
Andrew Kimbrell

The USDA is currently deciding whether or not to approve an application by Dow Chemical for its controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn variety resistant to hazardous herbicides.

'Green News Report' - April 3, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.03.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Biden sla...

Why The Simple School Lunch Burger Patty Has 26 Ingredients

Posted 04.06.2012 | Education

The school burger has gotten more than its share of the spotlight lately as parents set off a media firestorm in a rally to remove the controversial, ...

Perry Defends 'Pink Slime'

AP | KRISTI EATON | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. — Governors of three states got up close with "pink slime" Thursday, touching and examining treated beef at a plant and e...

Deepak Chopra and Vandana Shiva Talk Seeds and GMOs

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 05.26.2012 | Green
Alison Rose Levy

By surveying the versatile ecology of cow dung, even urban dwellers, like me, can see the earthy pragmatism embedded in the Indian worship of cows (and indeed all life) as sacred.

Schools Can Take Pink Slime Off Menu

WAVY-TV | Posted 03.21.2012 | Weird News

NORFOLK, Va. - Local school cafeterias are getting a choice when it comes to the meat filler known as pink slime. ...

Lucia Graves

Fracking About-Face By USDA Sparks Filmmaker's Criticism

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.20.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture sparked the ire of hydrofracking opponents Tuesday, when it reversed its plans to require rural housi...

Let's Not Give in to Beef Industry "Slimewashing"

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 05.20.2012 | Food
Bettina Elias Siegel

The beef industry is pushing back hard in the last few days against opposition to Lean Beef Trimmings, better known as "pink slime."

USDA to Americans: You'll Eat Pink Slime Whether You Want It or Not

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 05.19.2012 | Food
Nancy Huehnergarth

The USDA's announcement that school districts will be able to opt out of an ammonium-hydroxide treated ground beef filler known as both Lean Finely Textured Beef and "pink slime" is not exactly inspiring confidence.

Calling BLBT Ground Beef Amounts to 'Fraudulent Mislabeling'

Andrew Gunther | Posted 05.18.2012 | Food
Andrew Gunther

Even the fast food companies McDonald's, Burger King and Taco Bell stopped using meat that was treated with ammonia last year.

Emmeline Zhao

Schools Can Opt Out Of 'Pink Slime'

HuffingtonPost.com | Emmeline Zhao | Posted 03.15.2012 | Education

"Pink slime" might soon have a leaner presence in public schools than many might have initially anticipated. The U.S. Department of Agriculture an...

Schools Will Soon Be Able To Opt Out Of 'Pink Slime' Beef

AP | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 05.15.2012 | Education

PHILADELPHIA — The lunch lady won't be serving up "pink slime" anymore at several school districts around the country. Under a change announced...

Feds Buying 7 Million Pounds Of 'Pink Slime' For School Lunches

Posted 03.08.2012 | Education

Pink slime -- that ammonia-treated meat in a bright Pepto-bismol shade -- may have been rejected by fast food joints like McDonald's, Taco Bell and Bu...

Lynne Peeples

Farm Bill 2012 Eyed For Enhancing Conservation -- Of Soil And Farmers' Livelihood

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.28.2012 | Green

American farmers suffered more crop losses in 2011 than in any other year in recorded history. Total insurance payouts have surpassed $9 billion, and ...

NCLR and USDA Step Up to the Plate To Ensure Latinos Eat Healthier

Janet Murguía | Posted 04.25.2012 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

I'm so proud that NCLR has joined with First Lady Michelle Obama and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in an innovative public-private partnership to help families like the Sanchezes make the right food choices for their families.

The Moment You Missed at the Super Bowl

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 04.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

An elementary schooler got to participate in the biggest sports event in America through Fuel Up to Play 60, a program that uses the star-power of NFL players to get kids excited about exercise.

Who Grows Our Food: Theresa Podoll, Prairie Road Organic Farm

Ellen Kanner | Posted 04.21.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Seeds are where it all begins. They promise the start of things. They're "the very basis of our food and agriculture," says Theresa Podoll of Prairie Road Organic Farm.

Dinner At School: More Public Schools Dish Up 3 Meals A Day

AP | By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH | Posted 02.18.2012 | Education

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Too often it is after the fact that teachers discover their students are worrying less about math and reading and more about where...

Did a State Inspector Really Make a Child Trade Her Home-Packed Lunch for Nuggets?

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 08.08.2012 | Food
Bettina Elias Siegel

A recent story claimed that a preschooler in a North Carolina school was forced by a state inspector to give up her packed lunch and take a school lunch of chicken nuggets. Something didn't smell right to me.

What The New USDA Baseline Forecast Means for Food Prices

Phil Lempert | Posted 04.16.2012 | Food
Phil Lempert

With continued pressure on the economy more men and women will be choosing to eat at home to save money, which has happened before -- but this time around expect a twist.