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USDA sued over drug-resistant Salmonella contamination in meat

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...

USDA on board with shipping U.S. chickens to China for processing, then re-entry to States for human consumption

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. Ready? The USDA is on board with allowing U.S. chickens...

Demonstrators protest USDA powergrab at NOSB's Spring 2014 meeting

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...

USDA fast becoming extremist paramilitary group with bid for ballistic body armor, trauma plates

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...

USDA goes paramilitary: Organic certifier buying submachine guns with night sites, 30-round magazines

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...

Center for Food Safety sues to force USDA to explain why it approved genetically modified alfalfa

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...

Corporate Clout Chips away at Organic Standards

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...

California lowers organic standards in face of historic drought

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...

USDA moves to deregulate herbicide-resistant genetically modified corn and soybean seeds

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...

USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China

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...

USDA seeks to poison consumers by contaminating almonds with neurological poison

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...

New USDA rules further degrade integrity of organic certification

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...

New USDA rule allows hidden feces, pus, bacteria and bleach in conventional poultry

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...

Four-year-old girl living in subsidized housing gets to keep vegetable garden, no thanks to USDA

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...

U.S. government routinely steals almost half of all raisin harvests from American farmers

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...

USDA spending taxpayer money on grant to determine whether fat, sugary foods cause obesity

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...

When will the USDA join the corruption ranks of the CDC and the FDA?

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...

USDA approves horse slaughterhouse to produce meat for human consumption

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...

GMO genetic pollution alert: Genetically engineered wheat escapes experimental fields planted across 16 states

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...

Is it organic?

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...

Food stamps arming terrorists? USDA food stamps routinely used to purchase weapons and drugs

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...

USDA caves to food industry pressures, approves three new toxic meat preservatives

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...

USDA agricultural census program is a covert surveillance operation to compile government database of food and farm assets

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...

USDA approves Monsanto alfalfa despite presence of infertility-causing pathogens

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...

Approved by the USDA -- Common additive in organic food triggers significant inflammation and cancer

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...

Leaked: USDA 'cultural sensitivity' training is a brainwashing ritual for federal immigration 'recalibration'

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...

USDA school lunch reform rules are a complete hoax: here's the proof

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...

Shock finding: Most probiotic supplements made with genetically modified flow agents, fillers

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...

Health Basics: When is organic still GMO?

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...

Corrupt USDA conspired to funnel hundreds of millions in taxpayer money to beef industry lobbyists

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...

USDA conspires with factory chicken producers to reduce inspections, speed factory output

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...

The 'Monsanto Rider': Are Biotech Companies About to Gain Immunity from Federal Law?

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...

USDA to mask sodium benzoate preservative with new 'anti-microbial' label to trick consumers

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,...

Exposed: Monsanto planted GM alfalfa before USDA approved it, federal agency knew all along

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...

USDA to issue new guidelines limiting amount of sugar, salt, and fat in foods sold at public schools

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...

USDA green-lights field trials of Monsanto drought-resistant corn after admitting it performs no better than natural corn

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...

USDA plans to keep feeding 'pink slime' to your kids

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...

Stop the USDA from approving Agent Orange GMO corn by commenting in the Federal Register

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,...

USDA recalls more than 60 million pounds of conventional meat products in 2011 for bacterial contamination - and health inspectors are worried about raw milk?

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...

Large southwest dairy farm could lose organic certification following USDA investigation

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...

USDA gives half million in taxpayer dollars to AquaBounty to promote GM salmon

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...

USDA threatens $60,000 fine, federal raid against woman in legal possession of indoor lemon tree

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...

Many GMOs are virtually unregulated due to technicalities in current federal law

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...

Food safety false flag? USDA waited for people to die before recalling ground turkey it knew was contaminated

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,...

USDA trying to run organic leafy green growers out of business

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...

Stop USDA from allowing commercial plantings of GM eucalyptus trees

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...

USDA fines family up to four million dollars for selling bunny rabbits

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...

Obama administration to approve drought-resistant GM corn that USDA says grows no better than natural corn

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...

USDA to allow Monsanto to perform its own GMO studies

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...

Farmers and consumer groups file lawsuit against USDA over GM alfalfa approval

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...

USDA refuses to enforce organic standards, allows questionable omega-3s in Horizon organic milk (correction)

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...

Going against nature - The many hidden crimes of the USDA continue to lurk

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...

Roundup, GMOs linked to emergence of deadly new pathogen causing spontaneous abortions among animals

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...

Now USDA Has Deregulated Genetically Engineered Bio-Fuel Corn

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...

New USDA guidelines fail to capture the whole truth about proper nutrition

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...

Cornucopia Institute pushes USDA to crack down on organic labeling confusion

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...

USDA says yes to genetically engineered sugarbeet - kiss organics goodbye!

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...

USDA deregulates GMO corn engineered to produce fuel, not food

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...

CFS to sue USDA for deregulating GM alfalfa

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...

USDA uncovers plot to import fake Chinese organic food

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...

Global Food Crisis - USDA funds Domino's Pizza while riots break out worldwide

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...

Monsanto's Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health

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....

USDA deregulates GE alfalfa; opens door to new era of widespread genetic pollution of crops

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,...

Report: USDA also knew about bee-killing pesticide

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...

U.S. government commits avian holocaust with mass poisoning of millions of birds

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...

USDA found to be poisoning bird populations, causing mass die-offs involving millions of birds

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...

Canadian biotech company pushes USDA to approve GMO apples

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...

Legal complaint filed with USDA to stop organic milk fraud

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...

USDA says to eat more cheese while also supposedly working to fight obesity

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...

USDA failure may have helped cause salmonella egg outbreak

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....

Organic Labels: Know the Meaning of the Different Kinds

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...

'Grade A' on eggs doesn't mean what you think it means

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. Contrary...

Americans eat too much meat, not enough fruit, says USDA research

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...

US almond growers achieve court victory in fight against mandatory fumigation

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...

USDA says wildflower pastures may help bees to thrive

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...

USDA says antibiotic use in livestock is negatively affecting humans

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...

Obama's USDA to deceive Americans over GM crops

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...

Corruption: USDA Looks Out Only for Self Interests

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...

Review of Bear Fruit Bars, USDA Organic real food bars made with nothing but fruit

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...

USDA protocols for handling food contamination are inadequate

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...

Review of new brown rice protein products: Boku Super Protein, SunWarrior, Jay Robb, Growing Naturals

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...

Over Two Hundred Thousand demand USDA ban GE alfalfa once and for all

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...

Dairy: Beware of the Great White Hype (Opinion)

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USDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets Ruled Unlawful by Federal Court

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...

NAIS Threatens Access to Organic, Local and Sustainable Food

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...

USDA Backs Off Mandatory National Animal Identification Registration

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...

Efforts to Halt the National Animal Identification System Head to Court

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...

Humane Society Sues USDA Over Downer Cow Loopholes

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...

Almond Growers Sue USDA to Halt Mandatory Chemical Fumigation of Raw Almonds

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...

USDA Refuses to Ban Sick "Downer" Cows From U.S. Food Supply

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...

USDA Renews Approval of 46 Non-Organic Ingredients in "Organic" Foods

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...

The Food Irradiation Plot: Why the USDA Wants to Sterilize Fresh Produce and Turn Live Foods into Dead Foods

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...

The National Animal Identification System - Who Wins and Who Loses

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...

Plan To Spray Toxic Biological Chemicals Over San Francisco Announced

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...

$74.5 Million Set for the Spraying of Toxic Chemicals Over San Francisco

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...

USDA Refuses to Recall "Comingled" Meat That Contains Beef from Westland Plant Downer Cows

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...

USDA Waited 18 Days to Recall Contaminated Beef that Sickened 28 People

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...

USDA Recalls 143 Million Pounds of Beef Products Already Consumed by Schoolchildren; Slaughterhouse Atrocities Shock World

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...

USDA Forces Dog Lovers to Foot the Bill of Rabies Study

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...

New "Juice Feasting" Emerging as Phytonutrient-Rich Disease-Fighting Nutritional System

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...

Aurora Organic Dairy Corporation hit by class action lawsuits over "organic" milk labels

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...

Cornucopia Institute reveals agribusiness conspiracy to mislead consumers over almonds

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...

Monsanto seeking USDA approval for 2nd-generation genetically modified soybean

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. Jump...

USDA approves mass planting of GM rice made with human genes

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...

USDA to be sued for refusing to enforce laws covering organic milk

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...

USDA appoints corporate agribusiness reps to Organic Standards Board

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...

USDA approves genetically engineered rice that contaminated U.S. food supply; safety tests skipped

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...

Americans still not eating enough fruits and vegetables, says USDA study

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...

USDA looking to allow yet more synthetic chemicals in organic meat

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...

USDA announces reduction in testing for mad cow disease

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)...

'No Factory Farmed Organics'; Consumers Across the U.S. Tell the USDA to Not Allow Imposter Organics (press release)

7/10/2006 - Across the United States, thousands of consumers are responding to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) public comment period on revisions to the National Organic Program (NOP). A number of the USDA revisions relate to the "access to pasture" requirement for organic dairies. The Organic Consumers...

The Honest Food Guide empowers consumers with independent information about foods and health

5/25/2006 - Mike: Hello everyone, this is Mike Adams, the Health Ranger. I'm here with Ben Kage, and we're going to have a discussion and Q&A session about the Honest Food Guide. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it is available for free downloading at HonestFoodGuide.org. You can download it, and take...

USDA downplays seriousness of mad cow disease found in Alabama cow

5/15/2006 - Mad cow disease was recently confirmed in a cow in Alabama, according to two tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even so, the USDA seems just as reluctant as usual to admit that U.S. herds continue to be infected with mad cow disease. Even though the results of this second test have...

Mad cow madness: USDA lies and the coming collapse of the U.S. beef industry

9/14/2005 - Welcome to Mad Cow Madness! If you've ever wondered what's really going on with mad cow disease in the United States, here's the real story. Let's talk about this downer cow that was recently confirmed as having mad cow disease. It only took... let's see... seven months for the USDA to confirm that...

The Atkins Diet Food Guide Pyramid, Part 1: Introduction

7/18/2004 - The USDA has struggled for years to update its outdated Food Guide Pyramid. Thanks to the meddling of every food and beverage industry group that has a stake in the guide, however (the dairy industry, beef industry, wheat growers, etc.), the USDA seems to be paralyzed, unable to make any changes out...

USDA looks to revamp flawed Food Guide Pyramid, but new guide will no doubt favor interests of powerful food group lobbies

7/18/2004 - The current USDA Food Guide Pyramid is little more than government-approved propaganda for America's grain growers. The document has almost nothing to do with sound nutritional advice and everything to do with appeasing influential food producers. Now the USDA is looking to revamp the Food Guide Pyramid...

USDA mad cow testing program is a sham, says inspector general

7/18/2004 - The USDA's mad cow disease testing program is a sham: it doesn't test many cows showing neurological symptoms, it falsified records of one cow to make sure it received "downer" status, and it doesn't test healthy-looking cattle at all! These are the accusations from the USDA's own inspector general...

Japan's Food Safety Commission says USDA asleep at the wheel on mad cow disease

7/8/2004 - The USDA has done such a poor job investigating mad cow disease that even other countries like Japan are being forced to conduct their own investigations into the safety of U.S. beef. Hey, isn't that the USDA's job? Don't be silly. The job of the USDA is to promote U.S. agriculture and cattle ranchers...

USDA won't stop use of illegal hormones in the veal industry; cancer rates skyrocket in humans

5/18/2004 4:55:25 PM - In yet more news revealing the horrifying activities of the U.S. beef industry, it has recently been publicized that ranchers are routinely pumping veal calves full of illegal hormones in an effort to get them to grow faster. The USDA acts "shocked" about this, but in fact, this practice is...

USDA follows don't ask, don't tell policy with mad cow disease

1/30/2004 10:07:10 AM - When it comes to testing U.S. cattle for mad cow disease, the USDA doesn't really want to mandate any sort of testing at all. Even with countries like Japan banning all US beef due to our country's lack of mandatory testing requirements, the USDA continues to resist creating new regulations...

USDA is too tough on cattle industry, say lawmakers from Virginia and Texas

1/22/2004 8:52:45 AM - The USDA, which has said it will not even require the testing of herds for mad cow disease, is now being criticized for being too tough on the cattle industry. Who's laying out this criticism? Two lawmakers from Virginia and Texas, of course. You can hardly blame them, though: they're just trying...

The USDA works tirelessly to protect beef industry profits at the expense of public health

1/5/2004 1:55:27 PM - Here's an excellent New York Times article on the truth behind the actions of the USDA on mad cow disease. What's obvious to every thinking person who has paid attention to this issue is that the USDA is acting as a beef marketing branch of the U.S. government, not as an agency tasked with protecting...

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