Last month, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced plans to significantly restructure the US Department of Agriculture - the first reorganization of the agency in 20 years. After the announcement, Perdue argued that the structural change at USDA will "elevate" the rural development agencies. NSAC and other sustainable agriculture groups disagree.
It's shocking to think that even in the richest country in the world, over 300,000 of our elderly Veterans who bravely defended our nation at home and abroad are unable to afford enough food to feed themselves or their families and suffering from diet related diseases. New York and several other states have begun to implement innovative local food programs to help low income Veterans access fresh, healthy food.
Federally funded programs that protect major US water bodies survived the budgetary chopping block - for now. The targeting of these programs is costly and counterproductive to the long-term health of the waters, our food and the economy.
The Senate recently confirmed Sonny Perdue as the next US Secretary of Agriculture. Less than a week into office he's already announced that he's rolling back Michelle Obama's signature initiative to create stricter nutrition standards for school lunches. Is this an indication of what's to come from USDA under the Trump Administration?
Meet Kelly Hunter Foster, senior attorney at Waterkeeper Alliance. Kelly manages several campaigns, including Clean Water Act-related legal actions against the government and polluters. Read on to learn what Kelly thinks can be done to hold agribusiness more accountable - and what inspires her.
Congress will soon hold the first of many hearings to discuss what will be in the 2018 farm bill. If President Trump's skinny budget is any indication of what's to come, there may be a lot of critical food and farm programs cut from the bill. Here are some on the chopping block.
After serving seven years as Regional Administrator for Region 2 of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Judith Enck has begun the next chapter in her career. Ms. Enck recently became the inaugural Visiting Scholar at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Read on to hear more about her thoughts on climate change and the food system - and her advice for students.
The Trump Administration recently implemented a freeze directing agencies to delay all new rules that have yet to be implemented and withdraw any rules that had been sent to the Federal Register. What does this mean for the future of food and farming initiatives Obama completed in his final days?
There have been some seriously big changes happening in Washington, DC over the past few weeks. But one thing that won't be changing are the men in charge of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees. What potential impact can agriculture committees and their chairmen have on sustainable food and farming?
We talk with Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest Food Bank, about what inspires her, what she would change about the food system and how technology has helped her group fight hunger and food waste.
President-elect Trump and Congress will have to start sorting through and identifying policy priorities, including food and farm issues. We've pulled together a list of five of the top issues the next administration will have to tackle!
Meet Gary Oppenheimer, the force behind AmpleHarvest.org, a nationwide nonprofit aimed at diminishing home and community garden food waste which results in significantly reduced hunger and malnutrition while improving the environment. Read on to find out what inspires Gary and what led him to create AmpleHarvest.org.
With a new administration taking office in 2017 and potentially a lot of very big changes for farmers and consumers just around the corner, we've rounded up a list of what we think will be some of the top food and agriculture issues of for the coming year - plus some ideas for how you can help support the good food movement in 2017.
We talk with David Kanter, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University, about the problems caused by nitrogen pollution and how we can better manage this critical resource.