food ag policy

Food Policy Round-Up: Spring 2016

With the election drama dominating the news, it's been easy to miss all the exciting action happening in Congress over the past few months. This cheat sheet summarizes the most significant food- and agriculture-related bills Congress has been working on, why they're important and their current status.

Film Features Hemp Farmer and Veteran Michael Lewis of The Growing Warriors Project

We first met Michael Lewis of The Growing Warriors Project at Farm Aid 2015 where he and his fellow farmers presented the first United States flag to be made of American-grown hemp in nearly a century. We're excited to report that the partnership that made the flag was featured in a great new documentary, titled "Harvesting Liberty."

FDA Finally Seeks to Limit Arsenic in Infant Food

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is taking steps to reduce arsenic exposure in infants, and has proposed guidelines for infant feeding to reduce arsenic in babies' diets. Good news for parents!

States Join National Fight Against Food Waste

In a major victory for food and environmental groups, the Obama Administration declared that United States will cut its food waste in half by 2030. Now that the federal government has committed to addressing our food waste problem, it seems like everyone wants in on the action. Finally this critical issue is getting the attention it deserves!

Presidents Gone Green

America's 44 presidents have dealt with environmental and climate issues since our nation's beginning. From Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama, here's how they've managed and grown our food, water and energy systems!

This Week in Eco News - January 22, 2016

A big part of making our society more eco-friendly is expanding opportunities for companies and individuals to become more sustainable! This week's Eco News features stories of these opportunities and of places where increasing opportunities would do a world of good!

Take Action: Tell the FDA to Fix the ''Natural'' Label

While many consumers believe that meats and other foods labeled "natural" are produced without hormones, antibiotics, pesticides or GMOs, in reality, the label is virtually meaningless. Join Consumers Union in urging the FDA to fix the misleading "natural" label!

What's the Federal Government Doing to Our Food? - Winter 2015 Edition

As the year comes to an end, Congress has just a few weeks left to deal with some unresolved issues. This month it will be an all-out sprint to avert a government shutdown, deal with GMO labeling legislation and more. Check out this cheat sheet that summarizes some of the most significant food- and agriculture-related bills Congress will be working on this month!

From Arms to Farms: Helping Veterans Get Into the Field

Running a farm is one of the toughest and riskiest jobs a person can have. For farmers of color and military veterans in this country, starting and managing a farm can be even harder. In recent years, an increasing number of veterans have shown interest in farming as a profession. In response, Congress has expanded some key USDA programs to help them get into the field.

Through Art, The Value of Food Expressed

What does "food" mean to you? A new show about the expansive topic at the Cathedral of St. Join the Divine tackles the diversity of it and delivers it well done. The show, called The Value of Food, runs through April 3, 2016. Read on to learn more about the show.

Climate Change and Vulnerability

Climate change impacts more than just the Earth's temperature. It makes extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and storms more frequent. Water and land access become more difficult - and as a result, the globe's agriculture systems and food security is threatened as the worldwide population continues to grow.

What Ever Happened to...Cloning

Back in the 90's, two different sets of clones stole our hearts and our headlines: Tia and Tamera Mowry from Sister Sister and Dolly the Sheep and her mothers. In fact, we were so clone-crazy that a few creative New Yorkers turned it into an opportunity to start a themed restaurant. While the Mowry twins have done their best to remain in the limelight, Dolly the Sheep has largely been forgotten. But what ever happened to this barnyard celebrity - and animal cloning in general?

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