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USDA: Don't Let Chicken Packing Plants Operate Their Conveyor Belts Twice As Fast

Laura Merriman | Posted 07.29.2012 | Home
Laura Merriman

The safety of our nation's workers is as important as the quality of meat we produce. We cannot sanction lost fingers, broken arms and severe musculoskeletal injuries for $90 million.

Government Taking Action Against Fraud

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Food stamp recipients are ripping off the government for millions of dollars by illegally selling their benefit cards for cash &nda...

Nutrition Guidance: Facts About Opinions About Facts

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.22.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is an intrinsic problem with measuring the quality of a system by how well it conforms to what you already believe. Such a system gets bonus points for agreeing with you -- even when you are wrong.

Jamie Oliver Speaks With People Around the Globe on Food Revolution Day (VIDEO)

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
Robyn O'Brien

Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide. To address it, Jamie Oliver launched the first-ever, global Food Revolution Day which took place in 620 cities around the globe.

USDA Cites Problems At Private Zoo After Chimpanzees Escape

Posted 05.21.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- When six chimpanzees escaped from a private Mechanicsville, Va., zoo in July 2010, the local animal control chief, Kevin M. Kilgore, ass...

Does Pink Slime Have a New Relative in the Form of Meat Glue?

Gregg McBride | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

Are you sure you were enjoying a delicious filet mignon the last time you went out to a fancy steakhouse? Or were you eating pieces of stew-quality meat that were "glued" together to form what resembled a filet mignon, but was actually anything but?

Districts Look To Debt Collectors, Stricter Policies, For Unpaid Lunches

Posted 08.15.2012 | Education

Americans are likely hearing from debt collectors more in recent years than in the past, but a practice that may become even more common: debt collect...

USDA Predicts Enormous Corn Harvest This Summer

AP | DAVID PITT | Posted 05.10.2012 | Home

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Consumers could see some relief from higher food prices by late fall, if the latest government crop forecast holds up. The U.S. A...

Animal Groups Sue USDA for Ignoring Poultry Products Inspection Act

Bruce Friedrich | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home
Bruce Friedrich

Science backs up common sense: Shoving pipes down birds' throat several times a day and pumping them so full of food that their livers become diseased and balloon up is horribly cruel.

Banking on the Bay

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 07.05.2012 | DC
Wenonah Hauter

Water pollution trading is creeping into the non-regulatory landscape across the country and in the Bay watershed. That's good news for those looking to profit off the losses of others, but bad news for anyone who cares about water quality,

Will New Laws Kill Off A Beloved School Tradition?

Posted 05.04.2012 | Education

Is the tradition of school bake sales nearing an end? At a time when school communities are forced to increase fundraising efforts amid tighter...

Mad Cow Case Confirmed In California

Posted 06.24.2012 | Home

The USDA has confirmed that a case of mad cow disease was found in a California dairy cow. It is the fourth case of mad cow, or bovine spongiform en...

Pet Food Labels

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 06.18.2012 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Yesterday I was discussing with a conscientious dog owner her pet's diet. It instantly became clear to me that food labeling on pet's food can be confusing and potentially misleading.

Mr. Almanza: You Missed Some Key Facts

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 06.17.2012 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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...