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  • Summer Food Service Program
    Colorado kids getting free healthy summer meals
    With schools in Colorado being on Summer break you probably think there is not much to worry about. They are all out playing in the parks, local rec centers and swimming pools. Some of them are at the skate board parks jumping everything in sight....
  • Schumer urging USDA to replace Geneva grape lab
    Schumer urging USDA to replace Geneva grape lab
    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has urged the federal Department of Agriculture (USDA) to come to the aid of New York State's more than 1,300 grape growers by replacing the outdated Federal Grape Genetic Research Service Lab in Geneva. In an...
  • Nosey the Elephant
    Nosey the Elephant update: USDA Protest & Tweetstorm, how you can help right now
    You may be familiar with the story of Nosey the elephant. Many groups have been fighting on behalf of this 32-year-old African elephant for years, trying to convince the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife...
  • Old meat: Tennessee school district served pork that was several years old
    Old meat: Tennessee schools serve pork that was several years old
    Old meat at a Tennessee public school district was served to students in April upsetting some parents. The pork roast in question dated back six years. It's unclear if the meat was tainted, but there have been no reports of illness among...
  • 6 Year old pork served to students in Tennessee County schools
    6 Year old meat served to students in a Tennessee county school district
    A pork roast dated back to 2009 was defrosted and served to students of multiple schools in a Hawkins County, Tennessee on April 22, 2015. Photos of the decrepit meat surfaced, and parents and officials became concerned. It seems the ordeal could...
  • Beech-Nut baby food recall
    Beech-Nut baby food recall: Tons of jars recalled due to glass fragments
    Beech-Nut has issued a voluntary recall after a consumer sent in a complaint due to glass fragments inside a jar of baby food. The USDA – U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday they have begun a...
  • New dietary guidelines could exclude meat
    Could a vegan diet be what’s best for the environment?
    When it comes to a Western (American) diet there is one thing most people include on the menu: meat, and lots of it. Eating meat every day has been something that has been promoted as an essential way to get protein in everyone’s diet for...
  • UK's national heritage gardens celebrate organic
    IFOAM brings together the global organic food movement
    IFOAM Organics International, more formally known as the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement, provides a platform for worldwide interest in organic food. In the last decade, its programs have grown dramatically, with &ldquo...
  • USDA Official Seal
    News Release: Beef recall due to possible Listeria Contamination
    This is a Class I recall due to the high health risk to the public. Kenosha Beef International recalls 21,427 pounds of ready-to-eat-beefsteak. They are located in Columbus, Ohio, and the product was shipped to Illinois and North Carolina, which...
  • Apples picture pile of apples
    New apples approved for growth in the US will expand GMO reach in supermarkets
    The United States Department of Agriculture stated on its website Feb. 13 that genetically modified apples that don’t brown when they are bruised or cut have been approved for growing in the US. The new apples aim to expand growth in markets...
  • Haggis, neeps, and tatties
    How the USDA ruined Burns Supper
    As I write this, it is Burns Night, the occasion of a traditional Scottish celebration that honors the birthday of Robert Burns (1759-1796), a poet and lyricist of both the English and Scottish languages who inspired classical liberals and...
  • "Duck flu" (a different strain of the highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza) is making the news.
    New strain of bird flu making its rounds in the news
    Just when we thought we had seen and heard the last of this season's eerie past with (but helpful tips for) flu epidemics, breaking news tells of another avian virus that is now carried by ducks. According to the New York Daily News on Jan. 23...
  • Shocking report on food stamp receipient numbers
    Shocking report on food stamp recipient numbers
    There are some good reasons that Americans go on food stamps. Grocery bills alone can top $1,300 per month for some people. That doesn’t include what they have to buy besides food to survive. This is why the government offers food stamps, or...
  • Gag reflex: China chicken to enter U.S. food stream
    Gag reflex: China chicken to enter U.S. food stream
    When a Chinese conglomerate bought America’s largest pork producer last year, it was only a matter of time until the chickens came home to roost. On Saturday, things got a bit scarier.After Shuanghui International’s $7.1 billion...
  • USDA cranberries: A few too million pounds of cranberries, USDA helps
    USDA cranberries: Too many cranberries? $55 million in products bought to help
    A USDA cranberries purchase is intended to help many farmers and growers throughout the nation, and with $55 million in products, that’s a big purchase. In a recent transaction with the Congressional Cranberry Caucus, the U.S. Department of...
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