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Politics of the Plate: Oh, Deer

In the name of food safety, California farmers have been waging a needless war against native wildlife.
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Rethinking School Vending Machines

A whole new approach is the subject of the third Senate hearing on school nutrition re-authorization.
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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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Politics of the Plate: Bad Times for BPA

Two new pieces of legislation would completely ban bisphenol A, the hard plastic used in bottles and food containers, because of safety concerns.
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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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Politics of the Plate: A Cool, Refreshing Sip of Plastic

A new study shows that exposure to bisphenol A (a compound used in making hard plastic food containers) causes hormonal changes in mammals after birth, not just in the womb.
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Politics of the Plate: A Ban to Dye For

Artificial food colorings are so ubiquitous that they’re nearly impossible to avoid, but legislators in Maryland are pushing to change that.
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Oscars® Honor a Community Garden

The Academy Awards nominate a documentary film that looks at the tragedy of a once-verdant plot in South Central L.A.
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Politics of the Plate: Secrets of the Stinking Rose

When it comes to garlic, the smellier the better: The compound responsible for its pungent odor is linked to its health benefits.