November 20th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Efforts to bring healthier food to our nation’s schools have been kicked up a notch with the USDA’s recent announcement of more than $4.5 million in grant money that will bring fresh foods from local farms to school cafeterias across the country.
Read More:Let them Eat Healthy: USDA’s Farm-to-School Programs Receive $4.5 Million
November 5th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A recent investigation conducted by Food Safety News found that USDA inspections of foreign meat imports to the U.S. have declined by more than 60 percent since 2008.
Read More:USDA Inspections Down by 60 Percent on Imported Meat, Investigation Finds
October 31st, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
As the nation scrambles to grasp the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation all along the Northeast, the USDA has issued a food safety warning in hopes of helping those stranded without power or dealing with flooding to avoid foodborne illnesses.
Read More:Sandy’s Aftermath: Food Safety Warnings and the Price of Ignoring Climate Change
October 4th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Women and Hispanic U.S. farmers can snag a chunk of a $1.33 billion settlement based on claims that the groups were discriminated against by the USDA; in addition, they’re now also eligible for funds from $160 million pot set aside to assist with debt relief, according to the agency.
Read More:USDA Settles Farmer Discrimination Claims for $1.33 Billion
September 17th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
New research coming out of Cambridge University suggests cutting meat consumption in half would lead to significant health benefits including a reduction in the number of cases of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Read More:Cambridge Study Finds Major Health Benefits in Decreased Meat Consumption
August 22nd, 2012 - Lacy
After receiving a video shot by the animal rights group Compassion Over Killing, the USDA shut down the California beef processing facility, Central Valley Meat, for inhumane treatment of animals.
Read More:Animal Rights Group Undercover Video Prompts USDA Shutdown of Beef Plant
August 17th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Fears over what many experts suggest is an inevitable food crisis as a result of the nation’s worst drought in half a century has the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization looking at making biofuel policies more flexible.
Read More:‘Sustainable’ Biofuels Driving up Food Prices During Worst Drought in 50 Years
August 15th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Short of any government sanctioned rain dances, efforts are underway to address the nation’s severe drought epidemic with the announcement earlier this week from the Obama administration that the government will buy $170 million worth of meat, poultry and fish to help support the nation’s struggling farmers.
Read More:USDA Offers More Drought Relief for U.S. Farmers
August 14th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
In a recent report released by the USDA, the agency announced that the number of farmers markets across the country has increased from 1,744 in 1994 to nearly 8,000 presently—a 9.6 percent growth over 2011.
Read More:Can Farmers Markets Save our Economy?
August 8th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A controversial proposal that would increase the number of birds processed at chicken plants from 140 to 175 birds per minute, received support from a USDA spokesperson in a recent statement despite the agency’s failure to meet targeted goals for reducing the outbreak of food borne illnesses.
Read More:USDA Says Faster Poultry Inspections are Safer