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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.
Nation May 17Debate over genetically modified foods continues amid confusion
Vermont recently became the first state to require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Bills and ballot initiatives are pending in many more. What about the rest of the country? And does labeling matter?…
Health May 05Some schools push to roll back healthy lunch requirements
Some schools say new health lunch guidelines have been expensive and difficult to put in place, and school officials are asking Congress and the Agriculture Department to roll back some of the requirements. Their main concerns: finding enough whole grain-rich…
Nation Apr 03FDA approves at-home heroin overdose treatment
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an overdose antidote that doctors could prescribe for family members or caregivers to keep on hand, in a pocket or medicine cabinet. Called Evzio, it's a device that automatically injects the right…
Nation Mar 2625 pharmaceutical companies will phase out animal antibiotics
The Food and Drug Administration says 25 pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat.
World Mar 11Trade battle ferments over European cheeses
As part of trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States.
Politics Feb 25New rules limit junk food advertising in schools
Even the scoreboards in high school gyms will have to advertise only healthy foods under new rules announced Tuesday by the Obama administration. Promotion of sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during the school day will be phased out…
Nation Feb 21U.S. agriculture booms to record highs
American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined, according to a new government survey.
Nation Feb 18U.S. olive oil producers urge Congress to impose stricter import standards
Need olive oil? American shoppers are more likely to pick a European brand, which is cheaper and viewed as more authentic than U.S.-produced olive oil. But U.S. producers contend that "extra virgin" olive oil from Europe may not be as…