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Safeway, Kroger Say ‘No’ to Genetically-Modified Salmon

The two largest American grocery chains, Safeway and Kroger, join the growing list of grocery stores that are saying "no" to genetically-modified (GM) salmon.  According to a story in the Los Angeles …

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GMO In Your Apples? No Thanks, USDA!

There are no two ways to slice this: the genetically-engineered apple that the USDA is about to approve is not good news. Here is why: 1. Despite what the powers that be are claiming, there is NO …

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Why Are Americans Drinking Way Less Milk?

I don’t drink nearly as much milk as I did when I was a child, but, then again, I am an adult and adults tend not to order milk with a meal. But my child really doesn’t like milk, and when I look arou…

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You’re Eating Chicken Poop

In Wichita, Kansas, there's a kitschy lip balm brand called Chicken Poop, with a cute disclaimer on the tube reading: "Contains no poop." In grocery stores all over the country, nearly half of the chi…

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Meat and Egg Inspections Are in Danger, Thanks to Sequester

Big news in the meat world hit this week. In a nutshell, if the USDA follows through with possible budget cuts, there will be no meat inspections taking place for two weeks. This pause on inspections…

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Massive Attack on GMO Labeling Proposal in California

Photo Courtesy of:  Hemera / Thinkstock Just how much is it worth to chemical giants like Monsanto to make Proposition 37, a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered food, go away?…

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Livestock Producers Pressure USDA to Drop Meatless Mondays

By Mat McDermott, TreeHugger There's a bigger lesson here than just the absurdity of the situation. But first, the news itself. The US Department of Agriculture had been promoting the Meatless M…

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3,717 Schools Get Healthier

Good news for First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative: the program has met and surpassed its nationwide goal for number of healthy schools certified by the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUS…

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4 Barbecue Safety Tips from the USDA

  Independence Day is just around the corner. And, if you're like millions of Americans, you'll spend your day grilling up some tasty foods with friends and family. It's certainly a fun time, …

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Not-So-Local Meat

Last month I was witness to an illegal pig slaughter. I should probably clarify this statement on all fronts. This slaughter (or “harvest” as people who raise livestock like to call it) was not done i…

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