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food politics

The USDA People’s Garden Expansion

A White House garden will put healthy food for the First Family in the spotlight—and maybe a little healthy competition too, as Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack doubles down....
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Politics of the Plate: Change We Can’t Believe In

The new administration is making great strides in food policy—except when it comes to the issue of genetic modification.
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Politics of the Plate: More Good News for Food Safety

The USDA finally bans the slaughter of “downer” cows, and two new leaders at the FDA are expected to restore the agency’s tarnished reputation.
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Minnesota School Food Survey

The re-authorization of the School Lunch Programs promises to benefit both students and farmers, but the devil is in the details.
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Who is Kathleen Merrigan?

The new nominee for Deputy Secretary of Agriculture is a spot-on selection by Obama and Vilsack.
food politics

The USDA’s People’s Garden Program

The creation of a garden gives clues about how our new Secretary of Agriculture—a man well-versed in commodity agriculture—is approaching food policy.
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