Category Archives: USDA/FDA Politics

Are Food Trucks Safe?

Food trucks are all the rage in cities across the country. But is their food safe? Do current laws ensure food truck operators meet quality standards? Read more…

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Protecting Safe Drinking Water and Your Right to Know

The EPA is suggesting policies that will strengthen drinking water quality throughout the country. At issue is public access to EPA quality reports. What is the best way to deliver or publicize this information. Read more…

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Are GMOs on the White House Menu?

This great letter by the Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund calls for all Americans to put pressure on the White House to support California Proposition 37. Obama supported the rights of citizens to know what’s in their food in 2007. Since then, there has been no movement towards this reality by the White House. Read more…

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How to buy healthy food on a tight budget

The myth that eating health is expensive is pervasive in our culture. The USDA is fighting hard against his mistaken notion with its new shopping guide. “Good Food on a Tight Budget” was made with low income households in mind and it is available online. Read more…

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Big Ag Spends Big Bucks to Keep GMOs in Your Food Secret

Big agricutural companies have begun to spend huge sums of money to defeat the California ballot initiative this November. If the initiative passes, it might cause companies to label GM food in the other 49 states as it would be costly to have a separate set of labels for California. Some examples of the money raised by include $250,000 by industry trade group the Biotechnology Information Organization, $310,000 from DuPont, and $126,000 from BASF. Read more…

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Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Tuna Grows to 425

A growing salmonella outbreak has been linked to a type of sushi called Nakochi. Currently at least 425 individuals in 28 states and Washington DC are sick, 55 of which have been hospitalized. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe the outbreak is not over, despite the fact that additional cases will surface over the next several months. Read more…

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School lunch makeover requires whole grains

New legislation mandates at least 50% of the grains served in public schools must be whole grains. These changes are part of a widespread effort by the USDA and the First Lady Michelle Obama. This will hopefully ensure decreased sugar intake and increased fiber. Read more…

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State seeks input on selling raw milk

In a positive sign, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health is planning a virtual public hearing from June 1 through Sept. 1 on the sale of raw milk. Anyone can post comments or suggestions to the board, who will give their final report to lawmakers. Read more…

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Finally: USDA Study Calculates True Cost Of Healthy Eating (Guess What? It’s Cheaper)

A new study calculated the cost of healthy foods and concluded whole, fresh foods are a better value than processed goods. This groundbreaking study over turned other outdated studies with flawed methodology, which seems to suggest the opposite conclusion. Instead, the USDA calculated food costs per serving to see which is the better value. Read more…

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Raw Milk Debate Is White Hot

The fight over raw milk in America is heating up. Last week, a rally was held in front of a Minneapolis courthouse in support of Alvin Schlangen who was accused of selling raw milk to more than 100 consumers. There have been numerous reports of SWAT-style raids all over the country by FDA agents against farmers who produce raw milk. Here is a brief round-up of all the recent happenings in the raw milk debate. Read more…

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