USDA news, articles and information:
|11/7/2016 - Once more, the social change engineers and bureaucrats "in charge" of the country are acting like they know best when it comes to the issues of food freedom and food health.
Despite push-back from millions of Americans and Europeans who are opposed to genetically modified foods because of the known...|
|10/26/2016 - Just one month ago, a California judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to challenge the USDA on their recent, unlawful changes to how synthetic substances are evaluated in the production of organic goods.
While the charges are simply "alleged" for now, more than a dozen organizations came...|
|9/12/2016 - A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) building that's part of a facility specializing in genetic modification caught on fire Tuesday, September 6. Reports confirm that the blaze occurred one week after anonymous threats shut down USDA facilities in five states, including the agricultural research...|
|8/15/2016 - Has the world gone mad? Recently, a Facebook post about expensive tart cherries being left to go rotten on the ground in Grand Traverse County has gone viral. A Michigan farmer, Marc Santucci, was forced to dump 14 percent of his crop to make room for 200 million pounds of cherries brought in from Turkey...|
|7/11/2016 - Is the government really listening or just pretending to care? As pollinator populations dwindle, many facets of agriculture are put at risk. Beekeepers are speaking out like never before, concerned about the future. Shockingly, 44 percent of honeybee colonies have been lost in the past year! If the...|
|7/7/2016 - Consumer groups have been calling on the U.S. government to test foods for glyphosate residues on behalf of the public, amid a growing body of evidence showing that the chemical is harmful to human health.
Microbiologist Bruce Hemming was hired two years ago to test breast milk samples for residues...|
|6/30/2016 - In a victory for organic consumers, a federal judge has tossed out a rule change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that permitted the use of compost containing synthetic pesticides in growing organic foods.
"The court's decision upholds the integrity of the organic standard and is an incredible...|
|6/13/2016 - The federal government is becoming increasingly militarized, with numerous agencies now employing their own SWAT teams to conduct raids on raw milk producers, beekeepers, lemon growers - or anyone else who runs afoul of agency policies.
The trend has increased during Obama's presidency and is not...|
|4/28/2016 - Evidence continues to emerge that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has mounted a sustained campaign of harassment and intimidation against its own scientists, in an effort to suppress data the agency considers politically problematic – particularly that which implicates pesticides in...|
|4/17/2016 - If you think our genetic food chain has been royally screwed up by big bio-ag's like Monsanto and Syngenta, and massively over-processed by Big Food, things are just about to get a whole lot worse, and what's more, our own government is doing it to us – yet again.
As reported by Business Insider,...|
|4/14/2016 - Most Americans can understand why the FBI, CIA, DHS and the government's various law enforcement agencies are all armed – and some heavily – but they question why seemingly benign agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – which falls under the Commerce...|
|4/5/2016 - A preservative chemical that's routinely added to hot dogs, beef jerky, bacon and breakfast sausage is now being deployed by government researchers as a fatal bait to poison wild hogs to death. Development of the deadly hog poison is being pursued by none other than the U.S. Department of Agriculture,...|
|4/1/2016 - Experimental crops genetically engineered to withstand high doses of pesticides are growing all over the U.S., and in some cases illegally. However, rarely does the biotech industry suffer repercussions, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the agency responsible for oversight, largely ignores...|
|3/31/2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is using a policy sleight of hand to appear as though it supports listing genetically modified ingredients in foods, but without actually requiring them to be spelled out.
As reported by Agriculture.com in recent days, the USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has indeed...|
|3/1/2016 - It is, by far, the most widely used crop herbicide in the world. But glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup formula, is not on the list of agriculture chemicals that either the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Department of Agriculture (USDA) tests for on food products consumed...|
|2/27/2016 - It's been six years since the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in 2010 recommended to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) not to allow nanomaterials into organic foods, but there has been no real response beyond a boilerplate "we're looking into it" statement. This is not a good sign.
|2/24/2016 - Much of the way things operate in the world today is based on the notion that if you speak the truth, you'll receive some serious criticism. At the very least, people will look at you like a deer in the headlights, confused as to why you're not embracing what's really right. What's really right, of...|
|11/11/2015 - One of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) top bee scientists has filed a federal whistleblower complaint, alleging that the USDA has harassed him in retaliation for his work, which shows that neonicotinoid insecticides harm pollinators.
"Once he started publishing this work, he went from...|
|10/7/2015 7:00:39 PM - This news is the type that could make ordinary readers cynical. In this story, there are no good guys, only bad ones — sellouts with compromised integrity, more specifically.
On the one hand, you have agricultural giants that prefer to pursue profits at the expense of human health and sustainability....|
|9/22/2015 - The U.S. government, which takes in trillions of dollars a year in tax dollars, tariffs and other fees, always manages to spend more than it receives – a huge problem that only seems to get larger as the bureaucracy grows. That helps explain why the government has such a massively growing deficit.
|9/13/2015 - A food activist organization has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging that one of its agencies is in violation of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provisions after failing to provide requested documents.
The Center for Food Safety, in its suit against the USDA's Animal...|
|6/11/2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to introduce a new voluntary certification program to label foods free of genetically modified organisms (GMO), according to a leaked internal document obtained by the Associated Press. The move has been widely interpreted as an attempt to head off...|
|5/17/2015 - Most people know that organically grown foods are healthier for you because they are grown naturally without the use of the chemicals or pesticides that have been blamed for environmental damage and human illness.
Why does it appear that the federal government is not aware of this fact? Could it...|
|4/29/2015 - Each year in the U.S., literally billions of pounds of good food are thrown away because consumers are unsure about the freshness or safety of many items in their refrigerators and cupboards. The USDA estimates that as much as 21 percent of the country's available food is not consumed. This equates...|
|4/19/2015 - The mainstream media has just been suckered by the "Monsanto Discredit Bureau" into waging an all-out propaganda war against any person revealing the very real dangers of glyphosate or GMOs. With some notable exceptions, most mainstream media outlets operating today are now functioning as Monsanto propaganda...|
|3/30/2015 12:25:08 PM - An anti-corruption public watchdog group has sent letters to the chairmen and ranking members of House and Senate agriculture committees in Washington, as well as the Department of Agriculture's inspector general, requesting an investigation regarding an alleged cover-up by agri- and biotech giant Monsanto.
|3/13/2015 - Proof that USDA serves biotech interests while betraying the people. The world has gone completely mad. While the average American mindlessly obsesses over whether or not a stupid image-gone-viral of a dress depicts white and gold colors or black and blue, the federal agency tasked with protecting the...|
|3/3/2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has quietly given a green light to the world's first genetically modified (GM) tree species, recommending that its developer pursue unregulated commercial cultivation of the artificial plant without safety testing or a proper environmental impact assessment.
|2/25/2015 - In a sop to biotech and agriculture giant Monsanto, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the company's controversial genetically modified herbicide-resistant strains of soybean and cotton, leaving critics to speculate that the corporate giant's influence within the federal agency won out...|
|1/19/2015 1:43:38 PM - Agriculture officials have once again ignored science by suggesting deregulation of two new GMO crops from Monsanto that contain built-in resistance to chemicals derived from the same family as Agent Orange. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton are now one step closer to commercial...|
|1/9/2015 - The American food supply is teeming with deadly pesticides. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), headed by former Monsanto lawyer Tom Vilsack, says people shouldn't worry because pesticides are completely safe to eat!
The latest pesticide data released by the USDA's Agricultural Marketing...|
|12/28/2014 - A recent headline in The Spokesman-Review seemed to have been pulled right out of the Old West: "Rustling suspected as Idaho cattle herds vanish." The article describes how three ranchers have had 150 cattle "go missing" over the last few weeks. Those cattle are estimated to be worth $350,000, about...|
|12/17/2014 - Expected to reach an estimated $35 billion in profits this year, the organic market has become attractive to food companies on all sides of the spectrum, opening up the door for potential abuses.
Under-the-table financial contributions to politicians in Washington have allowed Big Food companies...|
|10/3/2014 - Passed in 1990, the Farm Bill's intent was to set regulations for the agricultural sector, implementing provisions for food, nutrition, forestry, natural resource conservation, environmental protection and rural development, among other facets.
Also referred to as FACT-90 (Food, Agriculture, Conservation,...|
|9/17/2014 - Apparently overburdened with having to police the filthy factory farm industry in accordance with the law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to simply hand over the inspection reigns to processing plants themselves, according to new reports. Updated "food safety" guidelines will...|
|9/8/2014 - The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based research group that provides information regarding sustainable and organic agriculture to consumers and family farmers, conducted a study examining the backgrounds and voting scores of members on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
The NOSB, a...|
|9/3/2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) are readying to approve a powerful new herbicide, as well as three genetically modified organisms (GMOs) engineered to resist it, that has not been adequately vetted for either safety or effectiveness. And at least 50 members...|
|8/26/2014 - Despite a groundswell of opposition from watchdog groups, doctors, scientists, 50 members of Congress and thousands of members of the general public, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to move forward with approval for three new genetically modified (GM) crops designed to be sprayed...|
|8/22/2014 - It's a Wild West in the organic market, with some companies acting deceptively, using "organic" in their brand name when in reality their food products aren't all certified by a third party. Consumers are quick to give up on healthy food and supplements, because it's sometimes hard to trust the company's...|
|7/31/2014 - In times of crisis, humans easily lose civility and good moral judgment. In times of adversity, like the ongoing drought conditions in California, standards can be reduced or lost altogether.
In the first quarter of 2014, USDA organic standards were practically slashed in half as drought conditions...|
|7/22/2014 - For the past 50 years, an overwhelming amount of farmland in the US has become concentrated into the hands of the few, as the idea of monoculture has expanded industrial farming practices.
According to international land use group GRAIN, large industrial farms now control around 75 percent of the...|
|6/10/2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has failed us all by deliberately allowing meat tainted with antibiotic-resistant Salmonella and other bacteria to be sold at supermarkets nationwide. And at least one consumer group has said that enough is enough, recently filing a lawsuit against the federal...|
|6/9/2014 - At a time when less-than-desirable food quality issues and iffy food practices surrounding China and its seafood processing/shipments with the United States exist, another shocking piece of news has emerged, this time involving chickens.
The USDA is on board with allowing U.S. chickens...|
|5/21/2014 - Protests disrupted the recent semi-annual meeting of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in San Antonio, Texas, marked by delaying parliamentary tactics and at least one arrest.
According to an online report by The Cornucopia Institute, an advocacy group that...|
|5/16/2014 - The federal agency responsible for certifying foods as organic is on a paramilitary extremist splurge, bidding on automatic submachine guns (see yesterday's article for proof) with night sights and 30-round magazines.
Now, Breitbart journalist AWR Hawkins has uncovered yet another solicitation by...|
|5/15/2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is joining the militarization trend that's spreading like wildfire across federal agencies. Both the EPA and IRS currently have armed federal agents, and recent events involving the BLM in Nevada showed that even the Bureau of Land Management possesses a small army...|
|4/12/2014 - A food safety organization has filed suit in federal court in a bid to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to hand over documents in court that could explain why the federal agency approved GM alfalfa despite several concerns about its environmental safety.
The organization, the Washington-based...|
|4/6/2014 - Co-authored by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins. The Organic Consumers Association has a long history http://organicconsumers.org/articles/article_21845.cfm of defending the integrity of organic standards.
Last September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporate...|
|3/31/2014 - Organic farms in 53 out of 58 counties in California are set to produce "faked," cheapened organic meat and dairy products in the first quarter of 2014.
In the face of a historic drought, California's organic standards have been cut in half. Instead of requiring livestock to graze on nutrient-rich...|
|1/21/2014 - The USDA has recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), suggesting the deregulation of 2,4-D-resistant soybean and corn seeds. Dow AgroSciences, in direct competition with Monsanto Company, made the request and plans to fully unleash the seeds within the US by 2015, pending acceptance...|
|11/13/2013 - The USDA has announced its intention to allow China-grown chicken meat to be imported into the USA. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that China is eligible to export processed, cooked chicken to the United States," says an official announcement...|
|11/2/2013 - Don't look now, but the federal Leviathan thinks all raw almonds - including those grown organically - are so dangerous for you, they should be cooked, even if it means using a known carcinogen.
According to the Alliance for Natural Health, the state of California's Almond Board, in conjunction with...|
|10/14/2013 - Since its original inception back in the '90s, the National Organic Program (NOP) has paved the way for food that is free of artificial ingredients, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and synthetic additives to flourish in the American marketplace under a common organic labeling standard. But this...|
|9/29/2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently in the process of trying to ram through passage of a new "modernization" rule for conventional poultry production that would eliminate a large percentage of USDA inspectors and speed up the factory production process. And existing safeguards, as...|
|9/5/2013 - One young girl's fight to keep her small vegetable garden, which had previously been threatened for elimination by a subsidized housing complex funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development Agency, has ended in victory. After thousands of health freedom warriors petitioned...|
|8/1/2013 - Recently declared by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to be "the world's most outdated law," a little known U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy that steals up to half of American raisin farmers' harvest while providing little or no compensation in return is currently being challenged in federal...|
|7/25/2013 - As early as 1977, the United States first developed dietary guidelines for Americans, with a specific goal of helping us avoid becoming obese.
Contained in those first recommendations, implemented 35 years ago, were these measures:
-- "Increase consumption of complex carbohydrates and 'naturally...|
|7/9/2013 - Most people grow up using at least a handful of prescribed pharmaceuticals, trusting doctors and believing what the FDA reports as safe and in the best interests of the country. Not too many people have read the truth about how the FDA, the AMA and the CDC are all in bed together, conning Western world...|
|6/29/2013 - The next burger you bite into might be a horsemeat burger, thanks to the U.S. government approving horse slaughterhouses to produce meat for human consumption. Valley Meat Co in Roswell, New Mexico, is being green-lighted by the USDA, which will routinely send inspectors to make sure it is slaughtering...|
|5/30/2013 - The genetic apocalypse we've been warning about for years may have already begun. The USDA just announced they found a significant amount of genetically engineered wheat growing in farm fields in Oregon. As the USDA announced yesterday, "...test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm indicate...|
|5/28/2013 - Making healthy food choices is important. But, sometimes it's really tough to be sure that you are getting what you intended to get. Let's say, for example, that you have made a decision to eat primarily organic foods. Well, how do you know it's organic? The obvious answer is that it is labeled by the...|
|5/9/2013 - Shortly after the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, a local newspaper - The Boston Herald - reported that the family of the alleged bombers, and the bombers themselves, had been receiving state and federal welfare benefits.
In its initial report within several days of the attacks, the paper reported...|
|4/5/2013 - After intense lobbying by Kraft Foods Global Inc. and Kemin Food Technologies, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has agreed to reverse existing regulations that prohibit the use of three toxic meat preservatives.
According to Courthouse...|
|3/27/2013 - The USDA "census of agriculture" is a government-run farm surveillance program designed to register and inventory detailed private data on farm assets, operations and personnel. A census form is mailed to each farmer in the United States, accompanied by threats of compliance and a warning that farmers...|
|3/7/2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently deregulated Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa, but two weeks before the department's chief, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, made his decision, a senior soil expert alerted USDA to a newly discovered, microscopic pathogen that had been found in high concentrations...|
|3/7/2013 - Think the USDA has your back concerning organics? Think again. Behind closed doors, corporate interests reign supreme where certified organic policy is concerned. A prime example is the use of carrageenan as a common ingredient. Linked with cancer and inflammation, this accepted additive opens a floodgate...|
|2/24/2013 - It was likely never intended for public consumption, but a video showing some bizarre "cultural sensitivity training" paid for with taxpayer dollars and put on by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been released by a legal rights organization after being alerted to the presentation by a whistleblower...|
|2/2/2013 - With huge fanfare and an overdose of propaganda, the U.S. government is announcing it's going to reform school lunches and vending machines to eliminate junk beverages like sodas. "Under new rules the Department of Agriculture proposed Friday, school vending machines would start selling water, lower-calorie...|
|1/22/2013 - A Natural News investigation into the probiotics industry has turned up alarming information about how probiotics are formulated and labeled. We've found that nearly all probiotics available in the U.S. market today are secretly formulated with genetically modified ingredients that are intentionally...|
|11/12/2012 8:11:54 PM - Even though some food is labeled organic, the seeds may still have come from a GMO source; like if a small to mid-size farmer buys seeds or plants, such as tomatoes, from a Home Depot or Lowe's, and then plants them in organic soil and does not use pesticide, they are still GMO, but they don't get labeled...|
|9/3/2012 - It may be hard to associate "corruption" with a U.S. government agency (insert dripping sarcasm here), but it's true: Sometimes those stewards of our tax dollars don't spend them very wisely.
At least, that's what cattleman and rancher advocate Michael Callicrate is alleging in a federal suit he...|
|8/11/2012 - The federal agency responsible for conducting food inspections has announced a new proposal to screen chickens for disease and contaminates, but the measure has some industry analysts concerned because it would reduce the number of inspectors at processing plants.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's...|
|7/10/2012 - While many Americans were firing up barbecues and breaking out the sparklers to celebrate Independence Day, biotech industry executives were more likely chilling champagne to celebrate another kind of independence: immunity from federal law.
A so-called "Monsanto rider," quietly slipped into the...|
|5/25/2012 - Kraft Foods Global, Inc. and a food chemical company known as Kemin Food Technologies, Inc. have both propositioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in recent years to approve the use of propionic acid and salt solutions in various new food applications,...|
|5/22/2012 8:32:01 PM - A little more than a year ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made the disastrous decision to deregulate Monsanto's Roundup-Ready alfalfa, even though the agency's sham of an environmental impact report failed to prove that GM alfalfa is at all safe or necessary. It has now come to light...|
|5/1/2012 - Pressure from consumer and non-profit groups to eliminate all forms of "junk" food from public school lunch rooms across America has led the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to pursue drastic new food restriction measures that are set to be enacted this summer. According to Reuters, the USDA is...|
|3/20/2012 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) does not even pretend to legitimately evaluate genetically-modified organisms (GMO) before approving them anymore, having recently green-lighted approval for a new variety of "drought-resistant" GM corn produced...|
|3/15/2012 - After garnering nationwide attention for being secretly added to processed hamburgers and beef products, including those served in school lunchrooms, "lean finely textured beef," aka "pink slime," is reportedly on its way out from the menu offerings of McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Burger King. But according...|
|2/29/2012 2:20:04 PM - Thanks to massive pressure from the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a non-profit public advocacy group that is leading the charge in opposing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the public comment period on Agent Orange GM corn from February 27,...|
|12/29/2011 - Health authorities spend an excessive amount of time, energy, and public resources creating an uproar about the so-called dangers of raw milk. They continually go after farmers and customers. But these same authorities are doing far less to address the very real and widespread dangers associated with...|
|12/28/2011 5:03:38 PM - The first dairy to ever become US Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic in the State of Arizona is now set to lose that certification following an investigation spearheaded by the Cornucopia Institute (CI), a small-scale organic farm advocacy group. Shamrock Farms has allegedly been breaking...|
|11/5/2011 - Biotechnology company AquaBounty has had quite a bit of trouble getting quick regulatory approval for its genetically-modified (GM) salmon, called AquAdvantage, because the "frankenfish" is not always sterile as claimed and could spread its corrupted genes into the wild. So in order to help move things...|
|10/3/2011 - The US government's assault against innocent American citizens continues to get more aggressive and just plain strange, with new reports of harassment against honest owners of ordinary lemon trees. Health Freedom Alliance (HFA) reports that officials from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are...|
|8/17/2011 - The continual onslaught of new genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is a major environmental and human health concern, as not a single approved GMO currently in use has ever been proven, without a doubt, to be safe -- and none of the newest GMOs have been proven safe, either.
But what few people...|
|8/10/2011 - Adding yet more evidence to the proof that the U.S. government maliciously promotes dangerous food borne illness outbreaks rather than trying to prevent them, evidence has emerged today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture knew ground turkey produced by Cargill was widely contaminated with salmonella,...|
|7/17/2011 - Results of the passage of S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, are beginning to come into play -- and in this case the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), rather than the FDA, has decided to take the helm.
A recent Action Alert posted by the Cornucopia Institute (CI) warns that current...|
|6/29/2011 - In 2010, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted approval to ArborGen, a multinational company that produces genetically-modified (GM) trees, to plant its GM eucalyptus trees on dozens of test sites across the southeastern US. Though not yet officially approved for commercial cultivation and...|
|5/20/2011 2:43:16 PM - When the Dollarhite family of Nixa, Mo., first started raising and selling bunnies as part of a lesson to teach their teenage son about responsibility and hard work, they had no idea they would eventually meet the heavy hand of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). According to a recent article covered...|
|5/19/2011 - The Obama administration is actively seeking to deregulate a new variety of genetically-modified (GM) corn created by Monsanto that allegedly tolerates drought conditions better than natural varieties. However, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the corn is no better than natural varieties...|
|5/2/2011 - Last August, a federal judge admonished the USDA for approving genetically modified seeds without first doing the required environmental impact study. Now, the USDA has a solution--allow the biotech industry to conduct the studies itself. This means that Monsanto and other biotech companies will decide...|
|3/31/2011 - The heinously irresponsible -- and by many accounts illegal -- decision by the US Department of Agriculture to approve Monsanto's genetically-modified (GM) alfalfa will likely go down in history as the single most illicit scandal to decimate organic and non-GM agriculture. The Center for Food Safety...|
|3/22/2011 10:13:15 PM - CORRECTION: The following article originally contained errors that have since been corrected. The life'sDHA omega-3 and omega-6 additives used in some Horizon organic dairy products are NOT derived from genetically-modified (GM) sources. Additionally, these same additives have NOT been extracted using...|
|3/22/2011 - The USDA has recently been caught red-handed in a multiple faceted assault against nature through a variety of recently-uncovered programs that have been negatively impacting the environment for years. Plants, animals, and even humans are feeling the effects of the USDA's illegal - or at least unethical...|
|2/23/2011 - In a shocking warning letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, a highly experienced, ex-military pathogen researcher warns that the use of Roundup via GMO crops is resulting in the emergence of a deadly new pathogen -- previously unknown to science -- that's causing widespread spontaneous abortions among...|
|2/21/2011 - This threat to edible corn comes on top of GE alfalfa (a major, major threat to organic agriculture) and GE sugarbeets. Please take action on this vital issue.
Last Friday, the US Department of Agriculture announced it would deregulate a type of industrial corn genetically engineered to produce an...|
|2/20/2011 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released its updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a policy manual that includes dietary recommendations for helping people to better maintain proper weight and improve nutrient intake. Though more comprehensive than previous versions, the new manual...|
|2/18/2011 - When Dean Foods, owner of the Silk soy milk brand, quietly changed its core product line from organic to conventional in 2009, it did so without also changing its UPC or product labeling, which confused customers and retailers, some for many months. This and several other cases of organic confusion...|
|2/16/2011 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) recent decision to fully deregulate Monsanto's genetically-modified (GM) alfalfa, despite its own findings that doing so will contaminate non-GM and organic agriculture, is a landmark decision that illustrates just how deeply embedded Monsanto has burrowed...|
|2/16/2011 - The US Department of Agriculture last Friday gave farmers the go-ahead to resume planting Roundup Ready sugarbeets - claiming it's the only way to avoid a nationwide shortage of sugar!
Hot on the heels of the deregulation of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, the USDA said it would once again allow...|
|2/16/2011 - Right on the heels of the USDA's decision to deregulate GM alfalfa (http://www.naturalnews.com/031196_GE_alfalfa_GMOs.html), the U.S. Department of Agriculture has now decided to completely deregulate genetically engineered corn used for ethanol production. This is just the latest Frankenfood horror...|
|2/12/2011 4:07:44 PM - Cornucopia, WI - After years of ringing the alarm bell about fraudulent Chinese organic production, the nation's preeminent organic farming watchdog, The Cornucopia Institute, applauded the federal government's current approach to enforcement and its transparency. On February 11, The Department of Agriculture...|
|2/11/2011 - Experts worldwide are voicing concerns over the very real possibility of a global food crisis that is slowly descending upon the citizens of the world. With many aspects of a food crisis already in full swing, the economic bi-product, "increased cost of living," has begun catching up with the world...|
|1/28/2011 - After months of pretending to review public feedback on the issue of GE alfalfa, the USDA has announced a surprise lifting of all restrictions on the genetically engineered crop, effectively allowing anyone to plant GE alfalfa anywhere, without any restriction. This is the USDA's surrender to Monsanto,...|
|1/28/2011 - The following article reveals the devastating and unprecedented impact that Monsanto's Roundup herbicide is having on the health of our soil, plants, animals, and human population.
On top of this perfect storm, the USDA now wants to approve Roundup Ready alfalfa, which will exacerbate this calamity....|
|1/24/2011 - Neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that attack insects' central nervous systems, are increasingly being linked to killing off bees, bats and other pollinators that are essential for growing food. And a two-year-old report just now being released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) adds...|
|1/22/2011 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is engaged in what can only be called an avian holocaust through its Bye Bye Blackbird program that has poisoned tens of millions of birds over the last decade. The USDA even reports the number of birds it has poisoned to death in a PDF document posted...|
|1/21/2011 - Not all the mysterious bird die-offs that have been witnessed around the globe recently are due to unexplained causes. A recent mass die-off event witnessed in Yankton, South Dakota was traced back to the USDA which admitted to carrying out a mass poisoning of the birds.
After hundreds of starlings...|
|12/4/2010 - Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF), a British Columbian biotechnology company, is petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve a genetically-modified (GM) variety of apple that the company says does not brown after being sliced. The company licensed the technology from Australian researchers...|
|11/22/2010 - Although it is illegal under current USDA rules, the agency is still tolerating organic milk producers who bring conventional dairy cattle onto their farms -- pumped full of hormones and antibiotics -- and then call them "organic" cows when they start giving milk. The Cornucopia Institute wants to put...|
|11/12/2010 - The government often has an interesting way of contradicting its own efforts and wasting money in the process. Marketers at an organization called Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which is run and partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), have been working in overdrive to promote higher...|
|9/11/2010 - In yet another shocking display of incompetence and regulatory failure, the Wall Street Journal has reported that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) knew all along that one of the egg mega-farms involved in the recent recall had sanitation issues, but did not report them to the U.S....|
|9/8/2010 - The word itself emits a certain energy. But what does it really mean when a product has the word "organic" on it? Or when an entire package is labeled "organic"?
The word "organic" refers to the way foods are produced and handled. Food labels that include the word "organic" mean the food was produced...|
|9/2/2010 - The "Grade A" seal on supermarket egg cartons means that the eggs inside are safe and of the highest quality, right? According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shield of approval is actually little more than a marketing ploy with no guarantee of safety.
|8/30/2010 - The average U.S. consumer eats significantly too much meat and grain, and not enough fruits or vegetables, according to data form the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Economic Research Service.
The USDA estimates food consumption by tracking how much food is produced and circulating through...|
|8/11/2010 - Three years after the USDA destroyed the U.S. raw almond business by forcing almond producers to fumigate or pasteurize their nuts, a significant victory has been achieved that could overturn that onerous regulation. A federal appeals court has ruled that California almond farmers may now challenge...|
|8/7/2010 - The bee population is in steady decline in many parts of the world. But U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist James H. Cane says that planting wildflower "bee pastures" may be just the right prescription for curing the dwindling bee population epidemic.
The idea is to plant pesticide-free...|
|8/2/2010 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently testified before a House committee that antibiotic use in animal agriculture causes humans who eat such meat to develop antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance. Conventional cattle farmers often use antibiotics to speed the growth of their...|
|6/2/2010 - The Obama administration's Department of Agriculture (USDA) is attempting to downplay the risks of genetically modified alfalfa, a crop previously banned by numerous federal courts.
In 2007, a federal court rejected the Bush USDA's approval of alfalfa plants genetically engineered for resistance...|
|4/30/2010 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was created in 1889 and has the stated mission of providing for the health and safety of American agriculture while promoting good agricultural practice. It has devolved into an organization whose primary purpose appears to be to protect and defend...|
|4/28/2010 - In the world of food bars, it's tricky to determine what's really good for you. In this article, I'm going to reveal some common myths about food bars as well as a full review of certified USAD Organic Bear Fruit Bars (along with an amazing discount on getting some for yourself).
First, let's expose...|
|4/7/2010 - Most people are aware that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) handles food contamination outbreaks by removing the tainted product from the market and working to identify the source of contamination. When it comes to tainted products that have not yet reached consumers, however, the...|
|4/6/2010 - For those who enjoy high-quality plant-based proteins for your smoothies or protein shakes, there are some remarkable new products you'll want to know about. In this article, I reveal three new organic sprouted brown rice protein products that represent the best of the best in the plant-based protein...|
|3/13/2010 - A few weeks ago, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began accepting comments concerning the legality of planting Monsanto's genetically-engineered (GE), "RoundUp Ready" alfalfa. Over 200,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), farmers, organic producers, and regular citizens have...|
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|10/10/2009 - On September 21, a California federal district court found that the USDA's 2004 approval of Monsanto's genetically engineered "Roundup Ready" sugar beets was unlawful. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) deregulated GMO sugar beets without preparing an Environmental Impact...|
|2/9/2009 - At first glance, many readers of Natural News will think the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is nothing that concerns them because they eat only plant based foods. However, NAIS is only one part of a much bigger issue. The implementation of NAIS directly threatens the ability of everyone...|
|1/27/2009 - In this time of deflationary pressure on all agricultural products, farmers and ranchers got a token boost at the end of December when the USDA`s Animal and Plant Health Inspection-Veterinary Service officially cancelled its Mandatory Premise Registration Directive. The action is seen as confirming...|
|9/22/2008 - A couple of speed bumps have developed in rolling out implementation of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), the joint effort of the USDA and big agribusiness to legislate mandatory registration of everyone who owns just one livestock animal. Two recently filed law suits reveal the frustrations...|
|9/16/2008 - The Humane Society of the United States has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over a 2007 rule change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that allows certain downer cattle to enter the food supply.
Downer cattle are those too sick or injured to stand, and they have substantially...|
|9/10/2008 - After having their organic almond businesses devastated by the USDA's bizarre decision requiring mandatory chemical fumigation of almonds, the almond industry is fighting back. Fifteen American almond growers have filed a lawsuit against the USDA in an attempt to repeal the requirements that all almonds...|
|8/17/2008 - Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer has rejected calls to ban downer cattle from the U.S. food supply.
Downer cattle are those too sick or injured to stand. Because these cows are at a higher risk of carrying the fatal, incurable neurological disorder known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or...|
|5/7/2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has renewed its approval for 46 non-organically produced substances to be used in foods and beverages that are labeled "organic." At the same time, the agency withdrew its approval for a type of food coloring and a food additive.
Under the Organic Foods Production...|
|4/14/2008 - There's a new plot underway to sterilize your food and destroy the nutritional value of fresh produce. The players in this plot are the usual suspects: The USDA (which backed the "raw" almond sterilization rules now in effect in California) and the American Chemical Society -- a pro-chemical group that...|
|3/25/2008 - The recall of 143 million pounds of beef processed over the past two years is the largest meat recall in the history of the world. The USDA had no choice following an animal group's release of videotape of "downer" cows being dragged across filthy floors and pushed around by a fork lift, before joining...|
|3/11/2008 - People of the world, the US Government is planning to poison more than two million people, in California, using an untested biological "pesticide" this summer. The chemical to be sprayed is classified by the EPA as a "pesticide" and the plan is to douse cities with this chemical designed to stick on...|
|3/3/2008 - I am angry! On January 24th, 2008, United States Department of (USDA) Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner announced the availability of $74.5 million in emergency funding to combat the light brown apple moth (LBAM) infestation in California (1). This announcement comes in conjunction with the release...|
|2/22/2008 - Following the unprecedented recall of 143 million pounds of beef that was potentially contaminated with mad cow disease, the USDA has decided that it's okay for children and consumer to eat that beef as long as it is comingled with beef from other cows. This startling decision appeared in a USDA memo...|
|2/21/2008 - According to an internal U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) e-mail obtained by the Chicago Tribune, the USDA waited 18 days after confirming that a Florida teenager had become sick from E. coli-contaminated meat before recommending a recall of the contaminated beef.
Under U.S. law, the USDA is...|
|2/18/2008 - In case you were still curious to learn what really goes on behind the closed doors of beef slaughterhouses, the release of a secret video by the Humane Society (www.HSUS.org) silenced the skeptics and naysayers by revealing the horrifying atrocities committed against diseased cows by slaughterhouse...|
|1/21/2008 - When you go to the Rabies Challenge Fund website and click on the "Challenge Fund Team" page you don't see pictures of people, you see pictures of their dogs. You see Meadow who developed a malignant mass cell tumor, directly on the site of his rabies vaccination and Izzy who, after receiving a rabies...|
|12/11/2007 - It's rare for something to come along that impresses me so much as a healing modality that it instantly changes my own life habits. But I've recently been introduced to a plant-based medicinal modality that's so incredibly effective at preventing and reversing disease that I believe it is "the" cure...|
|10/17/2007 - The Cornucopia Institute has announced a wave of class action lawsuits against the Boulder, Colorado-based Aurora Organic Dairy Corporation, which it says is engaged in, "the largest scandal in the history of the organic industry." The lawsuits allege that Aurora Organic Dairy Corporation, which supplies...|
|4/9/2007 - The Cornucopia Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes honest food and sustainable farming practices, has revealed details of the USDA's conspiracy with agribusiness interests to mislead consumers over the sterilization of almonds. A press release from the Cornucopia Institute, reprinted...|
|3/14/2007 - The USDA is currently reviewing the second generation of agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" soybean for deregulation. If the USDA decides to deregulate, the crop could be planted and moved without permits or supervision, and it would probably be commercially introduced in 2009.
|3/9/2007 - For the first time, the USDA has given preliminary approval for large-scale planting of a genetically engineered food crop containing human genes. The rice grains, produced by California-based Ventria Bioscience, synthesize a human immune protein. The public comment period for this decision lasts until...|
|3/7/2007 - The Cornucopia Institute has informed the USDA of its intention to file a lawsuit accusing the agency of refusing to enforce federal organic dairy regulations. The lawsuit hinges on the USDA's failure to take actions in complaints against the companies Dean Foods and Aurora Dairy, which Cornucopia alleges...|
|12/19/2006 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week that it has appointed four corporate agribusiness representatives to positions on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which advises the USDA on laws that govern the $16 billion organic industry, according to the Organic...|
|11/29/2006 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week that it has deregulated a genetically engineered variety of rice that contaminated the U.S. rice supply over the summer.
The rice -- a special long-grain variety created by Bayer CropScience called LL601 -- invaded non-genetically modified...|
|9/7/2006 - A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Cancer Institute revealed that most Americans are not consuming the daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables suggested by the USDA MyPyramid diet guideline.
The MyPyramid guide, which can be found at www.MyPyramid.com, personalizes...|
|7/21/2006 - The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking to lower the standard by which "organic" products are labeled by expanding the number of substances allowable in the treatment of livestock according to the National Organic Program.
If the USDA's proposed rule passes, livestock will be treated...|
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|7/20/2006 - The USDA is downsizing its mad cow surveillance program in response to the disease's reduced presence in America, according to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.
Johanns said the surveillance program should "reflect what we now know is a very, very low level of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy)...|
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