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Cheap Chicken Is Making You Sick

Chicken is a staple food in most American homes and is by far the most popular meat purchased in the country. And yet, when nearly 50 million people fall ill each year due to tainted food, poultry tends to be the main culprit.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Bird Is Not the Word in New USDA Rules

The Obama administration is set to dramatically reduce the USDA’s oversight of the nation’s poultry slaughterhouses while allowing companies to speed up their kill lines.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Proposed Rules: You Lose, Poultry Industry Wins

And you thought pink slime was bad: The Obama administration is proposing to fire USDA inspectors and let the poultry industry inspect its own slaughterhouse lines—while simultaneously speeding up the kill line.

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Gov’t May Blend FDA, USDA

Here’s a fun story involving the USDA, the FDA, the GAO—i.e., the United States Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Government Accountability Office—with the Office of Management and Budget thrown in for good measure.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE



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USDA May Let Monsanto Test Own Crops

Monsanto, a giant in the genetically modified food business, may be granted a privilege that any corporation would envy: regulating its own products.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Shirley Sherrod Strikes Back

The former U.S. Department of Agriculture official is suing conservative webmaster Andrew Breitbart for defamation. Sherrod was forced to resign after Breitbart posted a heavily edited video of a speech she gave, setting off a right-wing hullabaloo.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Racism as a National Default Mechanism

In a speech regarding the Pigford lawsuit, Rep. Steve King implied that Obama supported the farmers because he is “very, very urban” and not because the USDA admitted its historical practice of discriminating against African-American farmers.

Posted on Dec 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Obama’s USDA Leaves Subsidy Payees More Places to Hide

Yasha Levine, who reported for us on tea party diva Michele Bachmann’s hypocritical penchant for federal farm subsidies, tipped us off that the Obama administration and Congress are making it harder to track the millionaires who hit up Uncle Sam for crop cash.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE



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1 in 7 Americans Went Hungry in 2008

That recession is over statement looks more unfortunate every day. The Department of Agriculture disclosed Monday that a little more than 49 million Americans had trouble putting food on the table last year—the highest percentage since the government began keeping track in 1995, up 13 million people from the previous year. (continued)

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Huge Recall of Beef Is Linked to Schools

The Department of Agriculture has ordered the largest ever beef recall in the U.S., deeming 143 million pounds of beef unfit for human consumption because of inspection violations. The plant responsible for the suspect meat happens to call the U.S. government, including the National School Lunch Program, one of its best customers.

Posted on Feb 17, 2008 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: The USDA’s Awkward Timing

It hasn’t the zesty political punch of that Reagan-era effort to turn ketchup into a vegetable. But really, could there be a more unfortunate time for the Agriculture Department to banish the word “hunger” from its description of people who are, well, hungry?

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


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USDA Eliminates ‘Hunger’

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to remove the word “hunger” from its

annual report assessing Americans’ access to food.  Those among us who sometimes go without food, a group that has grown consistently over the last five years, will now suffer from “very low food security.”

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


USDA Staffers Stunned to Get Iraq Talking Points

The Department of Agriculture has e-mailed “talking points” on Iraq to a “stunned” set of career staffers.

Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


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