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The USDA People’s Garden Expansion

A White House garden will put healthy food for the First Family in the spotlight—and maybe a little healthy competition too, as Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack doubles down....
food politics

Tension Builds Between Organic Dairy Farmers And Processors

The kumbaya era is over: Organic agriculture is now large enough to face some of the same systemic problems that conventional agriculture struggles with every day.
food politics

Organic Milk Overload

The growth of the organic-food market has hit a recession-related roadblock—the downward spiral of overproduction and lower prices.
food politics

Charlie Johnson’s Open Letter on Organic Milk

As long as there are children going to bed hungry and arriving to school hungry, there is no such thing as a surplus.
food politics

Rethinking School Vending Machines

A whole new approach is the subject of the third Senate hearing on school nutrition re-authorization.
food politics

Red Meat and Mortality

A major new study links consumption of red meat to premature death. But is beef really to blame?

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

For generations, the students at Red Cloud Indian School raised their own food—then the federal government got into the act.
April 2009
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Minnesota School Food Survey

The re-authorization of the School Lunch Programs promises to benefit both students and farmers, but the devil is in the details.
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Who is Kathleen Merrigan?

The new nominee for Deputy Secretary of Agriculture is a spot-on selection by Obama and Vilsack.
food politics

The Farm Bloc

The Senate Committee on Agriculture is responsible for U.S. farm policy as we know it—but Kirsten Gillibrand, the committee’s newest member, may help push it in a better direction....
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