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The Need for Inclusivity in Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture comes in many shapes and sizes. It's in cities and suburbs, and it encompasses everything from soil-based community gardens, to warehouses full of hydroponics, to rooftops farms supplying greens to the restaurants below. Inclusivity in urban agriculture will help our food system grow into a healthier and stronger system for all.

Is Food Grown Hydroponically Organic? Should it Be?

It's not quite "the Rumble in the Jungle" - more like "the Rumble in the Field." It's the debate over whether or not hydroponic farming and other forms of container growing systems will be permanently allowed into the USDA-certified organic program.

EPA Initiatives Help the US Take a Bite Out of Food Waste

No organization knows the downsides of food waste better than the EPA, the agency that helps monitor food waste and regulate its management. Find out all the interesting tools, competitions and initiatives the EPA has created to help take a big bite out of food waste in the United States.

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."

Define the ''Natural'' Label or Send it Packing

A new report of consumer survey results by Consumer Reports gives more evidence that the public is confused about the "natural" label. A coalition led by Consumers Union is urging the FDA to remove the label from foods, or to change its meaning because it's misleading shoppers.

Food Policy Round-Up: Winter 2015

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.

Top 3 Things to Know About the WHO's Meat and Cancer Report

Maybe you've heard that meat is cancer - not true. The nuance of all of this might be lost amidst the news and social media buzz ever since a WHO study announced that processed and red meat might increase your chance of cancer. Hold on - and no need to worry - we'll help sort it out.

Food Policy Round-Up: Summer 2015

There's been a flurry of activity in Congress over the past month as legislators clear off their desks and prepare to leave DC for the August recess. The cheat sheet we've created here summarizes the most significant food and agriculture related bills they've been working on, why they're important and their current status.

Food Policy Round-Up: Spring 2015

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.

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.

USDA to Farmers: Plant Your Way to a Cleaner Lake Erie

The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that forced Toledo, Ohio authorities to cut drinking water to 400,000 people has subsided, but a major cause of pollution - agricultural runoff - has not. The USDA has taken note and is providing funding and technical support to help farmers reduce pollution.

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.

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.

Experts Weigh in on the Food-less Farm Bill

Last week, the House of Representatives passed their farm bill - minus the nutrition title, so there's no funding for food stamps (or other forms of emergency food assistance) included. Here's a reader's treasury of coverage on the radical move.

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