food ag policy

North Carolina Ag-Gag Bill Will Help Keep Consumers in the Dark

Last week, North Carolina's state legislature voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory's veto to pass one of the strongest anti-whistleblower laws in the country. Critics explain that the law was crafted to punish whistleblowers who shed light on animal abuse and shield meat producers and slaughterhouses from undercover investigations.

What's The Federal Government Doing to Our Food? - Spring 2015 Edition

Right now, the federal government is working on several major pieces of legislation that will have a significant impact on the food we eat. Want to learn more? We've developed the cheat sheet below with summaries of the bills, reasons why they are important for consumers and ways to get involved.

Food System Recommendations Should Account for More Than Public Health

American agricultural products are used in food, fuel and other goods marketed to consumers around the world. Too often, however, policy makers and businesses overlook the implications of this interconnectivity when making decisions about food consumption here in the US. That's why a systemic approach to policymaking matters!

Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization

It's that time again. Time for our government to put its money where our kids' mouths are. Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the Child Nutrition Act and the current Act expires in September. Learn more about what's on the plate and what you can do.

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!

A Sequel to the Dirty Dozen

The new Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives from the Environmental Working Group spills the beans about what has been added to your food that isn't food.

BEETCOIN and Slow Money Redefine What it Means to Invest: Interview with Woody Tasch

Woody Tasch is the founder and chairman of the Slow Money Alliance, whose national gathering of good food system advocates, entrepreneurs and community leaders takes place November 10 - 12 in Louisville, KY. There, 21 food entrepreneurs will also present projects for a chance to win the first "BEETCOIN" funding. Join in the fun online!

Farm Aid 2014 Scores Another Hit!

In an exciting repeat performance, Farm Aid 2014 will sing the praises of family farms and farmers across the US. Get yourself on the road again and become an important part of the good food movement!

Let's Kill ''Natural''

The "natural" label claim epitomizes everything that's wrong with our food labeling laws - now a new report by Consumer Reports is calling on the USDA and FDA to kill off one of the most misleading - and downright contemptible - claims you'll find on food packaging today.

Our Heroes: Naomi Starkman of Civil Eats

She may not be a household name, but Naomi Starkman influences some of the most famous leaders in the good food movement, and has been instrumental in the founding of many key projects, not least the James Beard Award-winning community food blog, Civil Eats.

USDA Fails to Verify 80 Percent of ''Humane'' and Other Meat Labels

What does "sustainably farmed" mean on a meat, poultry or egg label? We can't always be sure, according to a new Animal Welfare Institute report. With no standardized, consistent definitions, the USDA approves plenty of words without supporting evidence. Adding to the confusion: sometimes, the terms are accurate. Learn what AWI proposes we do next.

Fast Food Workers Strike in Over 30 Countries

On May 15, workers in 150 cities and over 30 countries went on strike demanding living wages from the billion-dollar fast food industry which boasts mega profits and supersized CEO salaries. Some states have already raised their minimum wage. Will others - and the industry - follow suit?

Book Review: Cutting Out The Meat Racket

The Meat Racket tells the story of our modern industrial meat system. Tyson Chicken's tale is shocking, engaging and a great read about how your supermarket meat aisle came to look the way it does. And how can your weekly grocery shopping make a difference?

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