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Food Safety Comes to Twitter

By admin | March 12, 2012

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Photo: USDAgov

By: Michael Engle

Do you find it difficult to keep track of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food recommendations?  Do you fail to remember whether it was cantaloupes or honeydews that were recently contaminated with listeria?  Do you wonder whether or not a Connecticut concern should be on New York’s radar?  If so, then you might find some comfort, as the USDA will be using Twitter as a vehicle to effectively communicate such local and national information.

Although news releases will always be available, online and in full form, for those who care to know of specific details, the Associated Press reports on the USDA’s further adoption of the 140-character platform.  In addition to the general feed, @USDAFoodSafety, each state will have its own Twitter feed, which will be used to re-Tweet national news and broadcast state alerts.  Read More

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Department of Agriculture Will Speed Up Approval of Genetically Modified Crops

By Jeannette | March 5, 2012

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Photo: tillwe

By: Justin Chan

Several days after the United States and Europe agreed on a pact that will recognize each other’s certified organic products, the United States Department of Agriculture announced that it will speed up approval of genetically modified crops.

According to BusinessWeek, seed companies such as Monsanto Co. will get faster regulatory reviews of their crops under the new policy changes. Michael Gregoire, USDA’s deputy administrator, said that the department plans to cut the time needed to approve biotech crops by half. Under the new guidelines, upgraded versions of current crop technologies will be reviewed for at least 13 months. New technologies will be reviewed for approximately 16 months. The changes are expected to take place this month, once they are published in the Federal Register. Read More

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New 2012 Farm Bill Causes Disagreement in California

By admin | November 2, 2011

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Photo: USDA

By: Saira Malhotra

On Sunday, the San Francisco Gate reported on the new Farm Bill. Famers, conservationists and environmentalists hang on with baited breath as they anticipate the possibly immediate implementation of the 2012 Farm Bill. The Bill is the most significant environmental Bill that Congress passes and establishes the U.S. food policy for a five year period. Agriculture accounts for 40% of the U.S. soil and impacts more than just the food it grows and the bellies it fills. It leaves its impressions in the water, air, and wildlife.

The 2012 Farm Bill is shaped by leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture committees who are pushing for $23 billion in budget cuts. Read More

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The Fast Food Future of Food Stamps

By admin | October 5, 2011

Photo: Scott Drzyzga

Photo: Scott Drzyzga

By: Dylan Rodgers

We have now reached a new national record:  over 45 million people depend on SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (i.e. food stamps), an incredible figure considering that it stands for roughly 15 percent of the US population.  SNAP not only helps struggling citizens eat, it also has taken on the task of providing at least some nutritional education and guidance.

Since the beginning, food stamps have a regulated purchasing power only of unprepared foods (groceries to be exact).  This may all change soon because Yum! Brands-owner of Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver’s and Pizza Hut-is putting pressure on Congress to allow fast food restaurants to make transactions using food stamps.  Read More

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Food Stamps: Changing The Brand and Purpose

By admin | October 4, 2011

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Photo: NC Reedplayer

By: Saira Malhotra

Food stamps have been around since 1977. Even today, the principle is the same, but the packaging has changed. Now known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), the paper coupons have been switched out to debit card ‘look-alikes’, however, the principle is ultimately the same ‘to provide assistance to low income families.’

What brought about this change in branding that served the country well for so many years? Read More

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USDA Takes Potatoes Off The Menu

By admin | September 29, 2011

Photo: Susy Morris

Photo: Susy Morris

By: Dylan Rodgers

There are few foods as remarkable as the potato.  Though little and mal-shaped, potatoes have been quintessential to the development of numerous civilizations living in inhospitable conditions.  But now the potato is slowly being weeded out of American health standards. Read More

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USDA Summer Meals to Help Needy Families

By admin | September 21, 2011

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Photo: Alyssssyla

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Summer is a time for kids to enjoy the playgrounds, beaches and parks; it’s not a time to think about whether or not there will be food on the table. Families across America are struggling to provide for their children during the summer months because of high food prices or their dwindling incomes. Read More

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