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U.S. Department of Agriculture

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  • BLT costs harder to swallow with U.S. pig virus, drought

    BLT costs harder to swallow with U.S. pig virus, drought
    The cost to produce a BLT, America's favorite summer sandwich, hit a record high of $1.65 in May and will continue to take a bigger bite out of wallets in the coming months, given a pig virus that has ramped up bacon prices and drought-stricken salad...
  • More students will eat for free at school

    WASHINGTON Thousands more students could be eating school lunch completely free starting next fall, thanks to a 4-year-old federal program that is finally expanding to all 50 states. The expansion comes through the so-called Community Eligibility...
  • Food companies back group fighting nutrition standards on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON A special interest group representing school nutritionists and backed financially by big food companies including six from Minnesota is pushing legislation that would allow school districts to bypass new lunch rules restricting sodium and...
  • Builder in Upper Macungie accused of deceptive mortgage advertising

    Zip. Zero. Nada. If you were looking to buy a home and saw those words in big, bold print in an ad offering newly built homes for sale for no money down, your interest might be piqued. A home builder that used the catch phrase in ads trying to sell...
  • Food production shouldn't be a mystery: Reading behind food eco-labels

    What's in my food? How is it made? These are questions consumers are increasingly concerned about when it comes to purchasing food, according to the Natural Products Industry Forecast 2014, released by New Hope Natural Media and the marketing research...
  • The lowly potato has friends in high places

    PHILADELPHIA Born in the dirt, the humble white potato has lately been elevated to the main dish in a rollicking debate that is blurring the lines between politics and science. Congress is pushing hard to get the spuds included in the 40-year-old WIC...
  • Study: Pesticide used on 'bee-friendly' plants may hurt bees

    Study: Pesticide used on 'bee-friendly' plants may hurt bees
    Many plants being marketed in nurseries and garden centers as beneficial to bees have been treated with an insecticide some scientists believe to be harmful to bee colonies, according to a study made public Wednesday by an environmental group. The study...
  • Retailers Selling 'Bee-Friendly' Plants Containing Bee Toxic Pesticides, Report Says

    Retailers Selling 'Bee-Friendly' Plants Containing Bee Toxic Pesticides, Report Says
    HARTFORD - Big box stores and major garden centers across the U.S. and Canada have been selling consumers plants labeled "bee-friendly" that have actually been treated with pesticides known to be toxic for bees, according to a report released Wednesday....
  • Kids deserve three meals a day [Commentary]

    Kids deserve three meals a day [Commentary]
    When school let out for the summer, most of the children in Baltimore who qualify for free and reduced price meals — 84 percent — lost access to the three meals a day they count on during the school year. Struggling families and children...
  • Government scientists retrace events leading to anthrax breach

    Government scientists retrace events leading to anthrax breach
    Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are conducting tests to see whether the procedure they followed to kill anthrax, though flawed by their own standards, may nevertheless have killed the potentially deadly pathogen before it...
  • Is your chicken making you sick? New study emphasizes washing hands, using thermometer

    Is your chicken making you sick? New study emphasizes washing hands, using thermometer
    Most people may claim they're aware of the proper, safe way to handle raw poultry, but how many actually observe recommended practices when cooking in their own homes?  A new study led by UC Davis Center for Consumer Research Director Christine Bruhn...