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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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GOP Congress May Allow More Pesticide Poison In Our Food

The proposed farm bill could nullify bans by Arkansas and other states on dicamba, the pesticide that damaged an estimated 3.6 million acres of soybeans across the country.

May 11, 2018
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The Losing Fight Against Fake Meat

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, however, is appalled that new forms of protein are being sold under names such as Beyond Beef and Impossible Burger. Vegetarian and vegan substitutes for meat have gained a significant share of the market, partly because of health considerations and partly because of aversion to killing harmless animals for food. But the livestock group fears that consumers are being cruelly misled.

April 27, 2018

Trump Says Farmers Must Suffer In Trade War ‘For The Country’

Suggesting it’s their patriotic duty to take an economic hit for America, Trump on Monday conceded U.S. farmers will likely be hurt by the White House’s unfolding trade war with China. But he stressed that farmers shouldn’t worry if their livelihoods dwindle because he promises to make it up to them.

April 10, 2018
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Danger: USDA May Reduce Inspectors In Slaughterhouses

The proposal said the changes could reduce the amount hogs contaminated with Salmonella bacteria that cause food poisoning, but a similar system for killing chickens resulted in one USDA inspector looking at as many as three birds a second and more chicken slaughter plants failing the agency’s standards for salmonella.

March 22, 2018

Trump Wants To Deny Struggling Americans Access To Healthy Farmers Market Food

In last week’s presidential budget, the administration proposed replacing most Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with a pre-selected box of mostly dry goods like peanut butter, pasta and cereal. They wanted to stop benefit recipients from choosing their own food, including redeeming their federal assistance at farmers’ markets such as those our organization manages across Los Angeles.

February 25, 2018

Trump Turns Farmers Into A Sacrifice

President Trump’s budget blueprint would only make things worse for U.S. agriculture. Trump’s hostility to trade deals has already inflicted damage on an economic sector highly dependent on exports. And that’s on top of his deficit-exploding tax bill and cranked-up federal spending, sure to make borrowing still more expensive.

February 15, 2018
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How The Republicans Plan To Stiff Your Waitress

The federal government is pushing a change in wage and hour laws that would alter how restaurant tips are collected and distributed to servers. Essentially, the proposed change underscores the principle that tips belong to restaurants, not to servers.

January 16, 2018
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Inequality Is Feeding America

With the labor market tightening, why don’t they just hop down the street to another franchise offering a better deal? Many try that, only to be rejected again and again, unaware that most fast-food chains have hidden within their franchising contracts “no-hire agreements,” prohibiting one franchisee from hiring another’s employees.

January 6, 2018
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Celebrate! Good Brew Is Beating Busch Swill

Now that breakfast is out of the way… beer! Last year, Anheuser-Busch InBev mounted a multimillion-dollar coup on America. Not on our country, but on its name. For six months, the beer behemoth expropriated our nation’s name for a tacky advertising campaign…

December 28, 2017

Now Food Activists Are Fighting The Pesticide Giants

But trying to enact these policies in Texas meant taking on the enormous money and power of the chemical lobby, as well as a hostile Republican governor, and a legislature largely made up of corporate lapdogs. All of the above were howling furiously at us, snarling that they were going to shred the new protections we’d laid out.

December 22, 2017

That Ethical, Sustainable Chocolate You Love? It May Be A Fraud

Ten percent of products in the food and drink category are “adulterated or mislabeled,” according to a new study by Ecovia Intelligence, an ethical product research firm. Seafood, parmesan cheese, Kobe beef, herbal tea—all of these products were investigated…

November 27, 2017

Pesticide Makers Seek To Protect Poisons By Silencing Scientists

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt overruled his own scientists to prevent an agriculture ban of a DowDuPont pesticide that causes brain damage in children, and now pesticide manufacturers have their sights set on undermining federal protections for endangered animals like the whooping crane.

November 22, 2017
Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Trump Cuts Program To Protect Salmon Fisheries

Four years ago, Malcolm Sampson says, the ocean changed in a way that terrified him. Now in his 60s, Sampson, an ethnic Tsimshian and a member of the Lax Kwalaams First Nation, has spent his entire life hunting salmon in the open ocean and torturous passages of Canada’s North Coast, just south of the Alaska border. But he had never seen anything like that.

November 20, 2017

FDA Rules Your Favorite Food Was Not Made With Love After All

They say you can taste the love that goes into each homecooked meal. Not so, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which just sent a letter to a granola manufacturer demanding the company remove the word “love” from its ingredients list.

October 6, 2017

A Love With Food Subscription Will Change Your Snacking Game — For As Low As $7.99

If you love to snack (and who doesn’t?), you can nosh responsibly and still enjoy your treats with a subscription to Love With Food ($7.99 for a one-month subscription from The National Memo Store).

September 27, 2017

Four Reasons To Sign Up For Blue Apron Today — Especially At Over 50% Off

You keep telling yourself the same thing every evening after sluggishly rolling home following another eight-hour day on the grind. As you hoist another slice of warmed over pizza or a forkful of lukewarm brown… something to your lips, you think, “I can’t keep eating frozen dinners every night.” Beyond being deeply soul-crushing, frozen “bang-em-out” […]

August 21, 2017

Egg Company Execs Jailed Over Salmonella Outbreak

The pair previously had been sentenced to three months each in jail for their role in a salmonella poisoning outbreak in 2010. The culprits admitted to knowingly shipping eggs with false processing and expiration dates to fool state regulators and retail customers about their age, and to bribing a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspector at least twice to approve sales of poor-quality eggs.

July 8, 2017

Fast Food Lobbyists Fight State And City Regulation

When the city council of Santa Fe, New Mexico, placed a measure on the local ballot to tax sugary drinks earlier this year, the soda industry responded quickly, pouring $1.3 million into the anti-tax campaign. To cover their bases, industry lobbyists also pursued a back-up plan: they backed a bill in the state legislature to strip local governments of the power to levy such taxes.

June 26, 2017

What’s The Best Way For Ordinary Citizens To Combat Climate Change?

Adjacent to my organization’s headquarters on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia, is a picturesque neighborhood called The Hague. Two decades ago, The Hague would flood only during severe storms. Now, it routinely floods during high tides.

June 12, 2017

Donald Trump To Hungry Seniors: Drop Dead

The budget sent to Congress Tuesday for fiscal year 2018 puts the country’s schizophrenia over feeding hungry citizens back on the agenda — this time in the guise of defunding food programs for seniors, millions of whom are homebound, ill and unable to cook or shop.

May 30, 2017
Trump’s Expected Pick For Top USDA Scientist Is Not A Scientist

Trump’s Expected Pick For Top USDA Scientist Is Not A Scientist

Clovis advised Trump on agricultural issues during his presidential campaign and is currently the senior White House advisor within the USDA, a position described by The Washington Post as “Trump’s eyes and ears” at the agency.

May 13, 2017

Let Blue Apron Handle Dinner Duty For Three Nights — For Just $25

Planning meals for a family — or even a couple — isn’t always as simple as it sounds. You’ve got to come up with a meal idea, find a recipe, pick up ingredients — then you’ve got to do it all over again the next night. Blue Apron wants to take the stress of worrying […]

April 21, 2017
Thanksgiving

The Zen Of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a throwback to that misty past. It requires a Zen-like acceptance of the present and what is. Gratitude is the order of the day. This is a full-glass holiday. To be healthy, educated and living in America is to have one’s cup running over. For that, let us give thanks.

November 22, 2016
"The Best of Irish Country Cooking" is Nuala Cullen's fourth Irish cookbook. Credit: Copyright 2016 Courtesy of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.

Irish Cooking With Surprising International Accents

“The ‘new style’ of Irish cooking incorporates a lot of outside influences, such as Asian and Thai, as well as all sorts of ingredients from continental Europe.”

March 4, 2016
Abby Fisher's 1881 cookbook was long known as the first African-American cookbook until Malinda Russell’s book was discovered in 2001. Credit: Copyright 2016 Sylvia Wong Lewis

A Tribute To 2 Early African-American Women Cooks

Malinda Russell wrote “A Domestic Cook Book” in 1866. Abby Fisher wrote “What Mrs. Fisher Knows about Old Southern Cooking” in 1881.

February 27, 2016