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Americans Not Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables

Farmers across America work hard to produce quality fruit and vegetables for consumers to eat and stay healthy.  But, according to a new government report, only about one in every 10 Americas consumes enough fruits and vegetables in his or her diet. According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, people should eat between five

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Food Insecurity on College Campuses

A study by the College and University Food Bank Alliance revealed that 48% of college students have undergone bouts of food insecurity. The LA Times reported that California State University has approximately 460,000 students, with one in 10  students being homeless, and one in five  students experiencing food insecurity. According to the U.S. Department of

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Arsenic in Our Food

Are we feeding ourselves poison without knowing it? Many foods that we enjoy, even staples in our diets, have toxic chemical in them called arsenic. Researchers have found significant levels of inorganic arsenic in a variety of food products, along with organic arsenic. These foods are consumed by grown-ups and children, alike. One food in

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The Agricultural Act of 2014

The Agricultural Act of 2014 is also called the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill. The bill authorizes $956 billion in spending for many years for nutrition and agriculture programs. The bill impacts all Americans, as well as millions of other people around the globe. The bill help the USDA increase markets for agricultural products in America

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Reducing Food Waste

Studies reveal that 40% of the food in America is wasted. Now, that is a lot of food that could be salvaged to feed the poor and hungry across the nation. The reasons for food waste are plenty and include over-production, post-harvest losses, or ineffective business decisions that lead to wasted food. Food banks, restaurants,

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Biodiversity

Biodiversity involves the vital life support systems for living organisms on our planet. In short, it is the variety of life on Earth and its importance to the survival of us all. It encompasses a variety of ecosystems, services, and natural resources such as crop pollination, water supply, and climate regulation. Farmers depend on biodiversity

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Disaster Relief Programs for Farmers and Livestock Producers

Natural disasters can reap havoc on farmland and grazing areas that farmers and livestock producers depend on for their livelihoods. Farmers and livestock producers should stay informed on state and federal programs through the USDA Federal State Agency (FSA) that can help them recover from heavy flooding, storms, or other natural disasters that might take

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The 2016 Dirty Dozen and Pesticides

To protect consumers, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides a yearly update of its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The recent report states that the United States Department of Agriculture has found 146 different pesticides in thousands of conventionally grown vegetables and fruit. Even when the products were washed or peeled, pesticides still could

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The Effects of Antibiotics on Food

Antibiotics are given to farm animals for many reasons. They are incorporated into the feed or drinking water of livestock, pigs, or poultry to treat sick animals or prevent disease in healthy animals. They may be administered to farm animals in an effort to control disease in a group of animals that may show signs

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Organic Chickens

When people visit their local supermarket, many of them are concerned with the origins of the foods they buy. They want to know how the product was raised. In the case of poultry and meats, they want to know what the chickens or cattle were fed. Many people are now choosing organic products. One, in

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