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Manure-to-Biogas at Dairy Farms Gets EPA and USDA Boost

August 3rd, 2014 | by Important Media Cross-Post

The Energy Department’s methane biogas program has been chugging away in relatively obscurity for several years, and now that’s all about to change. The agency has just teamed up with EPA and the Department of Agriculture to announce a new initiative for ramping up manure-to-biogas at dairy farms and other farming operations, called the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap.


The Natural Food Label Means Nothing

June 25th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe

When you grocery shop, do you choose natural food because it's healthier? The word "natural" on a food label actual means nothing at all. Let's talk about it


Top News from the Food Front: Salmonella Spice Rack, Soda Ban, OMG BSE

June 7th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

This week's food news will make you cringe and rejoice. New obesity research offers both hope and Western chagrin. Animal ag's dark footprint puts salmonella on the spice rack, as well as on sandwiches. According to the CDC, we've got a bit of a mad cow problem around here -- though obviously it's actually a human problem; more specifically, it's a wildly dysfunctional food-system problem that we could fix if we chose to do so. Don't miss the yum or ignore the yuck: read on, for the week's top news in food!


Top News from the Food Front: Veggie Kids, Printed Food, White Bread Health Risk

May 31st, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Did you see those great new vegan cooking sites that just launched? Did you hear about the secret for getting kids to ask for seconds on their veggies? And oh my goodness, what about that 3-D printed food for nursing home patients?! In other news, a science group files a complaint against the USDA over antibiotic resistant salmonella, and Idaho's ag-gag foolishness faces well-deserved constitutional challenges. Read on, for all the week's tastiest food news -- in one convenient package!


Meat Temperatures: What’s Safe?

May 26th, 2014 | by Mary Gerush

As grilling season begins, it's good to refresh the memory on safe meat temperatures. How hot should that patty be? Read on for the USDA's recommendations


Top News from the Food Front: Organic Market Booms, USDA Drops Balls

May 17th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

What's new in food? Glad you asked! This week the USDA shows off its rubber stamp for 'humane' meat and poultry labels, while it shops for guns (no, really!) instead of regulating anything as silly as food labels. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of pounds of meat are recalled due to lack of USDA inspection. In less infuriating news, consumers seek out organics in ever-increasing numbers, and nifty new research weighs in on both high blood pressure and Egyptian vegetarians.



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