Report: 18 Million Americans Cannot Find Enough Food

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 9:35 am

Most political speeches are pitched directly at the broad segment of the population that considers themselves middle class. The speeches over the last two weeks at the RNC and DNC have broadly fit along these lines, with the glaring and important exception of Bill Clinton talking cogently about Medicaid, a huge fault line in this [...]

USDA Seeks to Let Poultry Companies Self-Inspect Their Product

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 7:06 am

The US Department of Agriculture believes that their budget will tighten. In a letter, USDA head Tom Vilsack tells all employees that “we will have to continue our path of belt tightening.” He indicates that the House’s budget, which keeps defense spending constant, will force cuts on the other discretionary non-defense agencies like USDA, which [...]

Senate Dem Leadership Whipping Against Ethanol Subsidy Repeal on “Procedural” Grounds

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 7:30 am

Tom Coburn’s big vote in the Senate on repealing $5 billion a year in ethanol subsidies is today, one that has support from both the Club for Growth and the Sierra Club. In fact, even the Koch Brothers – the KOCH BROTHERS! – support repeal. “Koch Industries has opposed federal mandates and subsidies for decades,” [...]

Regulatory Walkback Affecting GM Crop Bans, Worker Safety

By: Tuesday February 1, 2011 7:43 am

Last week, the US Department of Agriculture reversed itself and allowed for the planting of genetically modified alfalfa without restrictions. As Tom Philpott highlights, this appears to have been a political decision. USDA chief Tom Vilsack was apparently ready to halt the planting of GM alfalfa until the White House meddled. According to the Wall [...]

USDA Reportedly Reconsidering Shirley Sherrod Firing

By: Wednesday July 21, 2010 6:10 am

Sometimes, if the facts are clear, if the people band together an yell loud enough, sometimes, just sometimes, you can get the powers that be to reconsider an unjust act. Not overturn, yet, but reconsider. Ain’t America grand? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said early Wednesday that his department will reconsider the ouster of an employee [...]

Contextless Right-Wing Puke Funnel Video Good Enough for USDA Firing

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 1:38 pm

I’m loath to jump on anything pushed by professional bully Andrew Breitbart, but since he rules the world of the traditional media and, apparently, key agencies in the executive branch, it’s worth retelling this sad story. Hoo boy. Conservatives apparently aren’t going to back down from ever more overt appeals to racial resentment this summer. [...]

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