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
August 7th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Extreme drought conditions continue to plague the nation as the worst drought in more than half a century has now claimed more than two-thirds of the contiguous United States, with one-fifth of the regions classified as “extreme drought,” according to climate experts.
Read More:Two-Thirds of U.S. Battling Worst Drought in More than 50 Years
July 27th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has “called into question” the USDA’s commitment to U.S. cattle ranchers and farmers after the agency reportedly announced that it “embraces” the Meatless Monday campaign now observed by millions across the country.
Read More:USDA Drops Support of Meatless Monday Campaign
March 27th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Beef Products Inc, manufacturer of the controversial ammonium hydroxide drenched beef filler by-product, nicknamed ‘pink slime’, has announced that at least temporarily, it is shutting down 75 percent of its production.
Read More:Controversial ‘Pink Slime’ Production Oozes to a Halt
March 22nd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
After news spread that the USDA was planning on feeding 7 million pounds of the controversial meat product nicknamed “pink slime,” the department announced that school districts participating in the government’s school lunch program could refuse the ammonium hydroxide treated meat and request “filler-free” options instead.
Read More:Suspended! USDA Gives Outraged Schools a ‘Pink Slime’ Meat Alternative
March 12th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Reacting to criticism over the use of beef scraps—including tissue and other parts of cows usually designated for pet food—nicknamed ‘pink slime’ by plucky British chef and healthy food advocate, Jamie Oliver, beef industry producers say the attacks and name-calling are unwarranted, and moreover, the product is not a health risk.
Read More:Controversy Over ‘Pink Slime’ Sizzling: 70 Percent of Ground Beef Is Slimed
March 8th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
In a suspect move coming on the heels of major efforts to improve the quality of food fed to the nation’s children, the USDA has made arrangements to purchase some 7 million pounds of the controversial “pink slime” meat for use in the national school lunch program, reports The Daily.
Read More:USDA Buys 7 Million Pounds of ‘Pink Slime’ to Feed Our Children
March 7th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
On March 8 Taco Bell and Doritos will launch the much-hyped Doritos Locos Tacos at the more than 5,6000 Taco Bell locations nationwide. The Doritos Locos Tacos will feature Taco Bell’s standard taco filling on the inside and the signature neon-orange Nacho Cheese Doritos taco shell on the outside.
Read More:Junk Food Hits New Plateau: Taco Bell Launches ‘Doritos Locos Tacos’