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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 

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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.

July 27, 2012

Meatless Mondays? 

confidential on computer screen

USDA Promotes ‘Meatless Monday,’ Beef Industry Has A Cow

An internal newsletter published on the USDA website mentioned how Meatless Mondays could help the environment. The beef industry couldn't have disagreed more.

May 23, 2012

Lettuce Recall 

lettuce

Listeria Found In Bagged Lettuce

California producer River Ranch has recalled bagged lettuces nationwide after listeria was found during a routine check.

May 18, 2012

Depends On How You Slice It 

Two side-by-side photos.  On the left, two carrots that grew wrapped around one another, as though they are hugging.  On the right, close-up of a hand holding a packaged twinkie.

How Much Does It Cost To Eat Healthy?

Is junk food really cheaper than healthy food? The USDA says it depends how you do the math.

May 9, 2012

Fresh Produce 

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Farmers Markets Get Grants For Food Stamps

Farmers markets across the country will receive grants to expand their participation in SNAP, providing more opportunities for low-income consumers.

April 26, 2012

Don't Have A Cow? 

cow

Mad Cow Disease Discovered In California

Mad cow disease has been found in California. Officials insist there's no cause for alarm.

April 20, 2012

Is It Worth It? 

A ladle full of raw milk, held over top of a jar full of raw milk.

Rough Times For Raw Milk

Raw milk is the likely culprit for E. coli outbreaks in Missouri and Oregon.

March 20, 2012

To Slime Or Not To Slime? 

ground beef

‘Pink Slime’: Schools Have A Choice

It's been a long week for "lean finely textured beef."

March 9, 2012

Knowledge Is Power 

Farm Field

USDA Launches Interactive Farm And Food Initiative

Want to know more about local food? The USDA's new website is there to help.

February 25, 2012

Soy anyone? 

raw milk

CDC Issues Alarming Raw Milk Report

Raw milk proponents are gearing up for a fight as new evidence emerges that raw milk is more likely to make you sick than its pasteurized counterpart.

February 12, 2012

Sticker Shock 

food in coolers at walmart

Is Walmart’s Nutrition Labeling Great For You?

Walmart is rolling out the "Great for You" sticker on healthy food this spring. What is "great for you?"

February 8, 2012

Young Seedlings 

organic farm

As Farmers Age, A New Crop Looks To The Land

New farmers are leaving the suburbs and rat race for a life on the land, and the government is taking notice.

February 3, 2012

Garden Warming 

sprout coming out of the ground

Warmer Weather, Changing Gardens

For the first time since 1990, the USDA has updated planting maps based on temperatures. One thing is clear -- the United States is getting warmer.

January 27, 2012

News Of The Weird 

empty bowl

‘Fetus Food’ Bill Sets Off Media Firestorm

So what if there haven't been any reports of fetuses in food? An Oklahoma state senator wants to make sure it never happens.

January 11, 2012

'Cost-Saving Measure' 

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USDA To Close 249 Offices, Affect Local Farms

Cutting 249 USDA offices -- half of which are small, local offices -- will only impact their annual spending by one percent.

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