barack obama

food politics

Politics of the Plate: Change We Can’t Believe In

The new administration is making great strides in food policy—except when it comes to the issue of genetic modification.
food politics

Politics of the Plate: More Good News for Food Safety

The USDA finally bans the slaughter of “downer” cows, and two new leaders at the FDA are expected to restore the agency’s tarnished reputation.
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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.
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Ms. Waters Goes to Washington

An inside look at the political education of the legendary Chez Panisse founder.
food politics

The USDA’s People’s Garden Program

The creation of a garden gives clues about how our new Secretary of Agriculture—a man well-versed in commodity agriculture—is approaching food policy.
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FDR’s Anti-Epicurean White House

Why Eleanor Roosevelt—one of the most memorable first ladies in American history and an unshakably gracious person—refused to offer dinner guests a decent meal.
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Agriculture + Food in Obama’s Stimulus Plan

A look at how farm and food programs will—and won’t—benefit from the President’s $825 billion plan.
chefs + restaurants

The Top Five Tastes of Inauguration Weekend

Chestnut pancakes with José Andrés and his daughters, Najmieh Batmanglij’s amazing chicken shish kebab, and more.
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The White House Chef Wars

A recent flap about the first family’s chef demonstrates why that position needs to be redefined.
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