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April 3, 2013

Halo Effect 

Bokeh photo of doughnut covered in rainbow sprinkles

Foods Labelled ‘Organic’ Perceived As Better, Study Finds

According to recent research, simply calling a food "organic" causes it to be perceived very differently.

March 29, 2013

Healthy Beginnings 

Apples in a bowl

Healthy School Lunches Lead To Healthier Eating, Study Finds

The new research lends empirical support to state-mandated fruit and veggie minimums.

March 21, 2013

sequester relief 

Strips of bacon cooling on a wire rack.

Senate Passes Bill To Avert Meat Inspector Furloughs

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to avert the furlough of USDA meat inspectors and the sporadic closure of meat processing plants. Now it's up to the House.

March 20, 2013

Sustainable Legacy 

Head shot of USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.

USDA’s Kathleen Merrigan Steps Down

Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has paid much attention to small, local farming during her tenure at the USDA.

March 8, 2013

Farm Forecast 

wet farmland

Wet Winter Weather May Mean A Better Spring For Farmers

Wet winter weather means wheat forecasts are looking up.

March 8, 2013

Sequester who? Sequester you! 

A hundred-dollar bill cut into many pieces

Sequester Affects All Levels Of Food Supply

Over time, the sequester will lead to meat shortages, fewer FDA inspections of food processors, cuts to food banks and reductions in farmer credit.

February 26, 2013

Aggravated Agriculture  

Climate change is expected to have an overall negative impact upon crop and livestock over the next 25 years.

Climate Change To Hurt Crops And Livestock

The USDA warns of hard times ahead for the nation's farmers.

February 21, 2013

Everyone's Downstream 

pigs

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found In Chinese Pig Manure

With one half of the world's pigs living in China, the discovery of antibiotic resistant bacteria in Chinese pig dung is cause for concern the world over.

February 13, 2013

Snowed In 

Americaâs Northeast region is still reeling due the blizzard that swept the coast late last week.

How To Keep Your Food Safe In A Blackout

No power? Here are some tips to avoid foodborne illness.

February 7, 2013

School Snacks 

Green and red apples

Healthier Foods Coming To Schools

In hopes encouraging healthier eating habits among the nation's youth, the USDA has proposed a new set of guidelines for food sold in schools.

February 6, 2013

No Whey! 

Chobani Greek Yogurt Cups

U.S. Schools May Add Greek Yogurt To Lunches

As early as April, Greek yogurt could be offered in your child's cafeteria.

February 1, 2013

David V. Goliath 

organic farming

Farm Bill Extension Doesn’t Sit Well With Organic Farmers

Shoppers looking for organic food may have to look a bit harder, and it will be more difficult for many farms to continue to be certified organic producers.

December 13, 2012

Healthy Helpings 

a group of red and green apples

More Grains And Meat Allowed In School Lunches

The USDA has decided to allow more meat and grains in school lunches after outcry by school administrators.

October 4, 2012

Feedback Loop 

farmer sharpens scythe

Farmers And Superweeds Mired In Arms Race, Study Finds

According a recent study, herbicide use has increased by 527 million pounds since herbicide resistant GMOs first hit the scene in 1996.

September 6, 2012

Food Insecurity 

SNAP and hershey bars

Food Stamp Usage Reaches Record High

Hunger continues to be a major challenge as new data from the USDA shows food insecurity and food stamp participation are on the rise.

September 6, 2012

Food For Thought 

Rows of vegetable servings for school lunches, including broccoli, baby carrots, and radishes.

Awaiting The Grade On New School Lunches

The new school year brings with it new standards for school lunches. School food preparers and students are adjusting.

August 17, 2012

Beefy Bailout 

A large pile of freshly-butchered red meat.

Government Buys Meat From Drought-Stricken Farmers

The drought has dried up pastures and devastated grain crops, increasing demand and a lowering supply of livestock feed.

August 9, 2012

Local Food Love 

Sign points to open farmers market.

USDA And Local Communities Celebrate Farmers Market Week

Amid all the doom-and-gloom caused by heat and drought, festivities and some positive news mark National Farmers Market Week.

August 6, 2012

Label Litigation 

colorful stickers with phrases such as

Two Mothers Fight General Mills Over “Natural” Snack Foods

What is "natural"? Food marketers' slippery use of this word is the subject of a legal case in California.

July 30, 2012

GMO Redux 

hand cradling a sugar beet

What’s New With Genetically Modified Crops?

The USDA grants unrestricted use of GMO sugar beets, and California voters consider GMO labeling requirements.

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