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Julie Rooney

Julie Rooney is a vegetarian, musician, and artist who primarily works in video and new media. Currently she is the director of Low Road Gallery, a non-profit contemporary art gallery located in Greencastle, Indiana.

Recent Posts by Julie Rooney

August 2, 2011

Good School Food 

Kid Eating A Cherry Tomato

Farm To School Meal Program Off To A Good Start

Although there were some challenges in its first two years, support for the Farm to School program is enthusiastic.

August 1, 2011

Fish Farms 

bluefin tuna

Bluefin Tuna And The Trouble With Fish Farms

Bluefin tuna are in danger of extinction because of overfishing. Can fish farms save tuna while still satisfying the global appetite for this fish?

July 28, 2011

Big Box Stores 

grocery store

New Initiative Increases Funding For Grocery Stores

The Partnership for a Healthier America is working with several leading banks and national grocery retailers to increase stores in food deserts.

July 25, 2011

Poisonous Chemicals 

dead tree

Herbicide Causes Widespread Tree Deaths

An herbicide once touted as an environmentally friendly option to traditional herbicides is responsible for thousands of tree deaths.

July 19, 2011

Obesity Epidemic 

Man In A Hospital Mask

F As In Fat: What Americans Can Do To Be Healthier

This comprehensive study shows that many factors affect the obesity crisis, notably restrictions individuals face in their access to exercise and healthy food.

July 15, 2011

Garden Drama 

Julie Bass' Oak Park Garden

Woman Faces 93 Days In Jail For Planting A Garden

A tidy garden of five raised beds nestled around a front path has created a viral controversy that has enraged food activists from all over the country.

July 15, 2011

No To GMOs 

EU flag

EU Lawmakers Support Ban On GMOs

Increasing number of EU lawmakers support a country-by-country GM crop ban, but critics say it isn't justified.

July 13, 2011

Food Borne Illness 

fenugreek seeds

Culprit In German E. Coli Outbreak: Egyptian Fenugreek Seeds

EU officials say that fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt are the cause of the E. coli outbreak.

July 12, 2011

Food Safety 

E. coli

Food Safety Testing Program On The Budget Chopping Block

The USDA's Microbiological Data Program will be cut if Congress passes the proposed budget bill. How will this affect food safety for Americans?

July 5, 2011

Food-Borne Illness  

alfalfa sprouts

As Russia Lifts Veggie Ban, U.S. Now Plagued By Tainted Sprouts

The German E. coli outbreak is slowing down, but salmonella cases in the U.S. raise more concern about contaminated alfalfa sprouts.

July 1, 2011

Food Aid 

farmers market

USDA To Award $10 Million In Grants To Farmers Markets

The USDA hopes that providing funding to producer-to-consumer organizations will bring fresh food options to food deserts.

June 29, 2011

Food Allergies 

Sundae

One In 13 Children Have Food Allergies, Study Says

Eight percent of American kids have food allergies. The constant fear of an allergic reaction can affect a child's stress level.

June 23, 2011

Global Food Prices 

flooded field

Extreme Weather Pushes Food Prices Even Higher

Global food prices are already at a record high and will continue to rise because of this year's extreme weather.

June 21, 2011

Tainted Food 

chicken feed

Arsenic Chicken Feed Pulled Thanks To FDA Independent Tests

After the FDA released a new study about the danger of lacing chicken feed with arsenic, Pfzier took 3-Nitro off of the market.

June 15, 2011

Budget Cuts 

Elderly eating

WIC, USDA, Food Safety Funds Slashed In Proposed Bill

The poor, the elderly, women, infants, and children will bear the burden of budget cuts to federal food programs.

June 13, 2011

Green Thumb 

jail_garden

Jail Gardens Are Economically, Emotionally Smart

Jail gardens produce food for prisoners and food banks and provide valuable experience for inmates.

June 8, 2011

Global Food Prices 

Venezuelan market

Inflated Food Prices Hurt Venezuela’s Poor

Venezuela has the world's highest inflation rates which make it difficult for their poorest citizens to keep up with rising food prices.

June 3, 2011

Farm Subsidies 

Farm Subsidies

House Votes to Limit Farm Subsidies

A House budget committee voted to change who receives farm subsidies. Now, it's farmers who make $250,000 or less annually, down from $750,000.

June 3, 2011

Food Borne Illness 

E. Coli On Lettuce

New E. Coli Strain Responsible for Outbreak

The strand of E. coli responsible for the food-borne illness outbreak in Germany is rare and deadly.

May 27, 2011

Small Farms 

Flock Of Chickens

Bringing The Slaughterhouse To The Farm

Thanks to mobile slaughterhouses, Vermont farmers may find it easier to get their safe, healthy, and humanely raised meat to the tables of their customers.

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