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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.

SNAP: the Other Corporate Subsidy in the Farm Bill?

Michele Simon | Posted 04.16.2012 | Food
Michele Simon

This week Congress begins hearings on the 2012 farm bill, the massive piece of legislation that gets updated about every five years and undergirds America's entire food supply.

Marcus Baram

Volcker Rule Needs To Be Tougher, Former Citi Chair John Reed Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business

Amid the hue and cry on Wall Street that the Volcker rule goes too far to restrict banking activities, the former CEO of one giant bank thinks that th...

'Green Acres' Effect For New Farmers Seeking Better Quality Of Life

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2012 | Green

* U.S. goal is to create 100,000 new farmers * $1.8 billion in U.S. loans to beginning farmers in 2011 *...

Are Increased Food Prices at Odds With Increasing Innovation?

Phil Lempert | Posted 04.04.2012 | Food
Phil Lempert

Innovation is key to growth for food companies, and adds excitement and many benefits for the purchasers of these products. However, I question whether repurposing funds is the way to go.

Republican Candidates and Congress Quit Climate Change; Private Sector Counters, Creating Consumer Label

Michael Shank | Posted 04.03.2012 | Green
Michael Shank

We need more of this kind of innovativeness and initiative. The climate isn't cooling anytime soon and it's clear that climate talks will continue to be inconclusive. So companies and consumers, the ball is in your court.

New USDA School Food Standards: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.28.2012 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Are the new school food standards ideal?  No.  Are districts being given enough money to really get the job done?  No, again.  But do we have some cause for celebration?  Absolutely.

First Lady and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack "Do Lunch" Right!

Phil Lempert | Posted 03.26.2012 | Food
Phil Lempert

The new rule includes provisions that will also regulate all foods sold in schools, including in vending machines. This announcement may just move The First Lady's goal of reducing obesity in a generation a step closer to reality.

School Lunches To Become Healthier With Veggies And Whole Grains

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years means most offerings – including the always popula...

Marcus Baram

Volcker Rule Limps To Finish Line

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

"The Watchdog" is back off the leash, with more bark and bite. After a six-month break to focus on some other duties here at HuffPost, I'm happy to be...

New Technology Saves Bats From Wind Farms

LiveScience | Remy Melina | Posted 01.14.2012 | Science

Researchers have developed an interactive tool that uses bat calls and local environmental conditions to help wind farms reduce bat fatalities while...

5 Food Labels That Mean Nothing

Organic Authority.com | Posted 03.13.2012 | Food
Organic Authority.com

While certain words and phrases such as "Low Sodium" or "Certified USDA Organic" are regulated and certified by government agencies, most are not -- and it's up to the consumer to read between the lines in order to find something healthy to eat.

The Farm Bill Is a Climate Bill

Donald Carr | Posted 03.12.2012 | Green
Donald Carr

Climate Change activists should be concerned about proposed cuts to farm bill conservation programs, which would be the carbon emissions equivalent of adding 2 million cars a year to America's roads.

USDA Office Closures Raise Safety Concerns

AP | By MICHAEL J. CRUMB | Posted 01.11.2012 | Food

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The U.S. Agriculture Department announced Monday it will close nearly 260 offices nationwide, a move that won praise for cutting c...

Major Agency To Close Hundreds Of Offices In Cost Cutting Bid

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2012 | Business

* Closings will save $150 million a year * Half will be local county offices * Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee hit hardest ...

Cruelest Show On Earth?

Posted 01.09.2012 | Miami

The Greatest Show on Earth is in town at the American Airlines Arena, but not everyone is pleased that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus i...

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Here's the Latest!

Richard Schiffman | Posted 03.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard Schiffman

You know that squeaky clean feeling you get after you have eaten a fresh picked apple? Your gut may be telling you something important.

Lobster On The Couch: The USDA's New Commercial On Food Safety

Posted 12.30.2011 | Healthy Living

The USDA wants us to be vigilant about keeping food safe. With one out of six Americans suffering from a food-borne illness this year, it's no wonder ...

Agency Reverses Controversial Decision To Cut Agriculture Reports

AP | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department is reinstating several reports that it had targeted for elimination two months ago in a cost-cutting move. T...

Occupy the Food System

Willie Nelson | Posted 02.16.2012 | Food
Willie Nelson

Thanks to the Occupy Wall Street movement, there's a deeper understanding about the power that corporations wield over the great majority of us. It's not just in the financial sector, but in all facets of our lives.