Tag Archives: Food

Lawmakers Say Farm Bill Deal Reached, Would Cut Millions Annually From Food Stamps
Lawmakers Say Farm Bill Deal Reached, Would Cut Millions Annually From Food Stamps By
WASHINGTON (AP) — Farm-state lawmakers are pushing for final passage of the massive, five-year farm bill as it heads to the House floor Wednesday — member by member, vote by vote. There are goodies scattered through the bill...
FDA Says Nutrition Facts Label Will Get A Makeover
FDA Says Nutrition Facts Label Will Get A Makeover By
WASHINGTON (AP) — After 20 years, the nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover. Knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 1990s, and the Food and Drug Administration says the labels need to reflect that. Nutritionists and other...
Activists: Syria Will Let Food Into Rebel Town
Activists: Syria Will Let Food Into Rebel Town By
BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of a blockaded rebel-held town near Damascus raised the flag used by the government of President Bashar Assad in a deal that sees them accept symbolic humiliation in exchange for food, activists said on Thursday. The deal accepted by the town of...
UN: $12.9 Billion Of Aid Needed In 2014
UN: $12.9 Billion Of Aid Needed In 2014 By
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations said Monday it will need nearly $13 billion in aid in 2014 to reach at least 52 million people in 17 countries, including the millions of Syrians who have been displaced by their civil war. “This is the largest amount we’ve...
Farm Bill Takes Aim At State Animal Welfare Laws
Farm Bill Takes Aim At State Animal Welfare Laws By
WASHINGTON (AP) —The future of state laws that regulate everything from the size of a hen’s cage to the safe consumption of Gulf oysters may be at stake as farm bill negotiators work to resolve a long-simmering fight between agriculture and animal welfare interests. The...
Altruistic Kidney Donation: Going Under The Knife To Save A Life
Altruistic Kidney Donation: Going Under The Knife To Save A Life By
Would you donate your kidney to a complete stranger? What would motivate someone to undertake such a random and extraordinary act of kindness? This week Mint Press News spoke with one such person – Maryann Ford, a 45-year-old woman from New York City who has made the...
Grassroots Peacebuilding: Palestinian, Israeli Youth Turn To Sports
Grassroots Peacebuilding: Palestinian, Israeli Youth Turn To Sports By
Since the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have remained at a standstill. Illegal settlements are popping up throughout the West Bank and the 1.7 million living in Gaza remain under strict military blockade. Peacebuilding and dialogue has...
Organic Industry Clout Grows With Consumer Demand
Organic Industry Clout Grows With Consumer Demand By
The organic food industry is gaining clout on Capitol Hill, prompted by rising consumer demand and its entry into traditional farm states. But that isn’t going over well with everyone in Congress. Tensions between conventional and organic agriculture boiled over this...
Want To Boycott Monsanto? There’s An App For That
Want To Boycott Monsanto? There’s An App For That By
A new smartphone app is allowing consumers to take a stand against biotech giant Monsanto and the Koch brothers through barcode reading technology that alerts users when a product is associated with either organization. The Buycott app is the answer to the prayers of food...
Deep Divide In Congress Over Domestic Food Aid
Deep Divide In Congress Over Domestic Food Aid By
The House and Senate Agriculture Committees have laid the groundwork this week for reducing the size of the federal food stamp program, approving farm bills that would shrink the food aid and alter the way people qualify for it. The two chambers are far apart on how much...