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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…


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, …


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…


Outrage Reduces Industry Need for Pink Slime

By Lacy J. Hansen for Once consumers learned the truth about “Lean Finely Textured Beef,” or pink slime, it seems that every distributor is discontinuing its use. Safeway announce…


Pink Slime: Now Just An Option For Schools

Much ado has been about the recent hoopla over the foodstuff dubbed “pink slime” which is really something called “lean finely textured beef” by the USDA. This is a highly processed form of meat trimm…


Vote No on Ag-Gag Bills to Protect Consumers

By Descygna Webb for The investigation into pink slime in our meat supply continues to gain media coverage across the country. Pink slime has been receiving a lot of attention due…


Get Breaking Food Safety Alerts on Twitter

Few things are as basic to our health as the foods we eat. When there's a food recall or a food safety alert, you want to know about it now -- before you eat it. On March 1, the U.S. Department of Agr…


What’s in a Fast Food Burger?

Last week, McDonald's announced that they would stop using ammonia-treated trimmings in their hamburgers. Dubbed "pink slime" by a USDA microbiologist, ammoniated beef is one of many surprises found i…


Organic Standards Board Welcomes 5 New Members

By Margaret Badore for In January 2012 there will be five new additions to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). These individuals were announced after winning approval fro…

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Is Horsemeat Just Too Much to Stomach For Most Americans

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. -Mahatma Ghandi About 20 years ago, on an extended trip through Vietnam, I stumbled upon a vista…


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