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GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

| February 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

Government regulators have approved the first genetically modified apples, which don’t turn brown when you cut them open. But planting these trees will be a gamble since consumers may not want them.

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Outrage Over Government’s Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Outrage Over Government’s Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lawmakers also introduced a bill to strengthen laws protecting farm animals used in research. Both moves come out of a New York Times investigation of animal suffering at a federal research center.

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How Fish Could Change What It Means For Food To Be Organic

How Fish Could Change What It Means For Food To Be Organic

| February 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

The USDA is considering a set of rules for certifying farmed fish as organic. But some consumer groups say the recommendations don’t go far enough to meet the strict standards of other organic foods.

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Clean Up Those Contaminated Chicken Parts, USDA Tells Industry

Clean Up Those Contaminated Chicken Parts, USDA Tells Industry

| January 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

The government wants to make your chicken meat safer to handle. The USDA is proposing legal limits on the chicken parts that are contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

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Two For One: Subsidies Help Food Stamp Recipients Buy Fresh Food

Two For One: Subsidies Help Food Stamp Recipients Buy Fresh Food

| October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

There a big new pot of government money available for programs that boost the buying power of food stamps. But there’s a catch: The cash has to spent on local fruit and vegetables.

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GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they cannot figure out how genetically modified wheat got into an Oregon field. Now GM wheat has been found growing in Montana, too.

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American Gaythic: LGBT Farmers Gain Visibility

American Gaythic: LGBT Farmers Gain Visibility

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Rural Pride Campaign is a series of day-long summits focused on the LGBT experience in rural America sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the NCLR, and the True Colors Fund.

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

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

| August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

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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