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Health Sep 18White House orders government plan to combat antibiotic resistance
WASHINGTON — Signaling the seriousness of the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the government to create a national plan to fight them by early 2015.
Science Sep 18USDA approves new genetically modified corn, soybean seeds
WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer.
Nation Sep 17Food stamps cuts will only hit four states, review finds
Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found.
Nation Aug 29Using tip from social media, USDA seizes 1,200 illegal giant snails
The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have…
Nation Aug 07Want a tattoo? The FDA urges you to do your research
WASHINGTON — Thinking about getting inked? Check the bottle first.
Health Jul 31Obama overhauls poultry inspections for the first time in decades
The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year.
Health Jun 11House considers waiving healthy school lunch rules despite veto threat
The GOP spending bill on the House floor would allow schools to waive the school lunch and breakfast standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama for the next school year if they lost money on meal programs over a six-month…
Politics May 27First lady responds to critics of school nutrition guidelines
First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards, holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the health guidelines. The Tuesday event is an unusual move…
Health May 19House Republicans propose letting schools opt out of healthy lunch programs
A GOP spending bill for agriculture and food programs released Monday would allow schools to apply for waivers if they have a net loss on school food programs for six months in a row.
Nation May 18Devastating coffee rust raises prices on high-end blends
The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease - and hold down the price of your morning cup.