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January 20, 2017

 

eating fish

FDA Issues New Seafood Advice For Moms-To-Be

Concerns about mercury contamination have led many pregnant women to under-consume seafood. So the FDA issued a new chart explaining what to eat, what to avoid.

January 20, 2017

 

chickens

Organic Chickens Get More Room To Roam

New rules will force some of the biggest organic egg producers to change their practices, or stop calling their eggs organic.

January 19, 2017

 

bald eagle

GOP Takes Aim At Endangered Species Act

GOP leaders have announced their intentions to roll back the Endangered Species Act, saying, "it has never been used for the rehabilitation of species."

January 19, 2017

 

produce

Organics Hope For A Boost With USDA Check-Off Program

Check-off programs pool money from organic food producers and handlers, and distribute the funds for organic food promotion, education, and research.

January 19, 2017

 

Sonny Perdue

Trump To Tap Perdue As Agriculture Secretary

If nominated and confirmed, Sonny Perdue will take charge of the USDA, an agency with nearly 100,000 employees and a $150 billion budget.

January 18, 2017

 

Dr. Daniel Nadeau talks to Allison Scott

Food As Medicine: It’s Not Just A Fringe Idea Anymore

Treating people through nutrition is not a new idea, but it's making inroads as more medical professionals make meals a formal part of care.

January 18, 2017

 

tractor on a field

Down Times In Farm Country Persist, But Not Yet A ‘Crisis’

The USDA expects payments from government safety net programs to reach $12.9 billion for 2016, an increase of nearly 20 percent over the previous year.

January 18, 2017

 

fossilized tomatillo

52 Million-Year-Old Tomatillo Fossils Rewrite Veggie History

Newly discovered fossils in Patagonia suggest the nightshade family started much earlier than believed, perhaps when dinosaurs roamed.

January 17, 2017

 

tom vilsack

Former Ag Secretary Vilsack To Head Dairy Industry Trade Group

Tom Vilsack announced that his first job outside the Cabinet will be heading up a dairy industry trade group that pushes for access to foreign markets.

January 17, 2017

 

blessing box

New Type Of Food Pantry Is Sprouting In Yards Across America

Similar to "little free library" boxes that are filled with free books, these "blessing boxes" are stocked with food and toiletries for people in need to take.

January 16, 2017

 

Seaweed

Fresh Seaweed Is Making Waves Among Foragers

People have been harvesting seaweed for thousands of years, but now it's become so popular, you can even take a class.

January 16, 2017

 

cooked sweet potatoes

Why We’re Growing The Most Sweet Potatoes Since WWII

In 2000, Americans ate about 4 pounds of sweet potatoes per person. Today, it’s nearly double that, at 7.5 pounds per person.

January 15, 2017

 

prehistoric granary overlooking Cedar Mesa

Bears Ears Monument Is A Win For Tribal Food Sovereignty

The newly created monument preserves 1.3 million acres in Utah, but critics who point to the land's energy extraction potential want the designation undone.

January 14, 2017

 

Tom Vilsack portrait USDA

Agriculture Secretary Lone Trump Cabinet Post Without Nominee

The next Agriculture Secretary will be charged with shepherding a new Farm Bill through Congress. Work on the law is slated to begin almost immediately.

January 13, 2017

 

David Fuller with dairy cows

As Big Milk Moves In, Family-Owned Dairy Farms Rapidly Fold

Large-scale dairy farms are more lucrative, and national milk production has actually increased. But small farmers see their way of life dying.

January 13, 2017

 

A Hadza man on a hunt, with his bow and arrow.

Staying Fit Isn’t A New Year’s Resolution For These Hunter-Gatherers

Westerners are often looking for short, intense workouts. A new study points out a different path to fitness.

January 13, 2017

 

woman and a child suffering from severe malnutrition

Why Doctors Without Borders Added Food To Its Medical Bag

In Nigeria, the food crisis is so severe that when MSF sees families to treat disease or provide vaccinations, they're starting to distribute food as well.

January 13, 2017

 

Helen Dahlke

California Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

After years of drought, California is getting drenched with rains. Scientists and farmers are testing a way to capture water by filling groundwater aquifers.

January 12, 2017

 

Afro Jam

A Detroit Urban Farm Preserves Black History In Jam Form

Two nonprofits are using their harvest for a line of jams honoring the history and old family recipes of the local African-American community.

January 12, 2017

 

Amazon Fresh delivery truck is park on a curb

Grocers To Accept Food Stamps For Online Orders

The USDA plans to launch a pilot program to allow people to buy groceries online with food stamps.

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