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Organic vs. “Organic”: How Much Does Certification Matter?

Organic vs. “Organic”: How Much Does Certification Matter?

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In most cases, even certified organic produce is not pesticide-free. But compared to most conventional produce, it can mean a big step in a less-toxic direction.

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Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The California chicken producer has been dogged by food safety problems at its plants for months. But Foster Farms may also now be one of the country’s cleanest, safest sources of chicken products.

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Lawmakers Seek Delay on Healthy Lunch Rules for Schools

Lawmakers Seek Delay on Healthy Lunch Rules for Schools

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some in Congress want to give schools more time to comply with a new law to limit calories and fat and add more veggies to meals. But nutrition advocates say it would roll back healthy gains for kids.

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Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

| May 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s a long list of pesky exceptions to the rules organic farmers have to follow for using pesticides and fertilizers. This week, a battle erupted over those exceptions.

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Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don’t Tell The Whole Story

Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don’t Tell The Whole Story

| January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Numbers don’t lie, but they can sometimes tell a misleading story. Three times in the last week, we came across farm statistics that painted a picture not quite backed up by facts on the ground.

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Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S.

Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S.

| January 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

The omnibus spending bill approved by the Senate on Thursday night contains language banning funding for USDA inspections of slaughterhouses for horses. That effectively stops plans to restart the slaughter of horses in the U.S. to export meat abroad.

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This GMO Apple Won’t Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit’s Image?

This GMO Apple Won’t Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit’s Image?

| January 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

A small Canadian company has created a genetically engineered apple that doesn’t go brown when you slice it. It’s waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But some apple producers are worried that this new product will taint the apple’s wholesome, all-natural image.

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USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida’s Oranges

USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida’s Oranges

| December 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

The agency is launching a new coordinated research effort to stop citrus greening, a disease imported from Asia that turns fruit bitter and unmarketable. It first turned up in Florida eight years. Now, it threatens to destroy the nation’s citrus industry.

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Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)

Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)

| December 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

In the debate over whether to cut the food stamp program, members of Congress are looking at two pretty arcane provisions in the law.

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Can A Fish Farm Be Organic? That’s Up For Debate

Can A Fish Farm Be Organic? That’s Up For Debate

| November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The federal government is struggling to figure out how to fit fish farms into the National Organic Program, which regulates organic land-based farms. Environmentalists argue that fish farms shouldn’t quality for an organic label if they don’t use organic feed.

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Salmonella Shutdown? USDA Threatens Closure Of Major Chicken Plants

Salmonella Shutdown? USDA Threatens Closure Of Major Chicken Plants

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Foster Farms, the large California-based chicken processor at the center of a major salmonella outbreak, faces the threat of a USDA closure of three of its facilities by the end of the day Thursday. Some 278 people in multiple states have been sickened in the outbreak.

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Amid Big Salmonella Outbreak, USDA Says It’s On The Job

Amid Big Salmonella Outbreak, USDA Says It’s On The Job

| October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

An estimated 278 people in multiple states have been sickened by an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken. Despite stories suggesting otherwise, USDA says its work on the outbreak hasn’t been hampered by the federal government shutdown. CDC is calling back about 30 furloughed staffers to help with its response.

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How’s The Sausage Made? These Folks Really Want To Share The Knowledge

How’s The Sausage Made? These Folks Really Want To Share The Knowledge

| October 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Artisanal meat producers face a big barrier to getting into the game: They have to come up with a complex food safety plan that can take months of research and tens of thousands of dollars to craft. A new project wants to make it easier for the next charcuterie master to open shop by creating an open-source safety plan that newbies can look to.

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Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It’ll Soon Be Hard To Know

Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It’ll Soon Be Hard To Know

| September 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

The USDA has quietly ended a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The products won’t require a country-of-origin label — which means there’s no way to know whether those chicken nuggets in the freezer aisle came from a country with a spotty food safety reputation.

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