Trump Imposes Media Blackout At Federal Agencies

Moves come amid growing concern that Trump and his appointees will suppress scientific innovation and research to advance their own ideological agenda.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer calls on a reporter during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Spicer answered questions about the Dakota Pipeline, infrastructure, jobs and other topics. (AP/Susan Walsh)

(REPORT) --- Though the majority of President Donald Trump's controversial cabinet nominations have not yet been confirmed, his so-called "beachhead" teams have arrived at their respective agencies, carrying out orders that make clear that the "War on Science" has begun. On Tuesday, BuzzFeed broke the news that scientists at the U.S. Department of

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Suppressing Science For Monsanto? Groups Demand Investigation Of USDA

10 USDA scientists allegedly faced retaliation and punishment for research on neonicotinoid insecticides and glyphosate, which is included in Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide, as well as related topics, including genetically modified crops.

Monsanto herbicide to be sprayed on food crops. (USDA Photo) More than 25 farmworker, environmental, and food safety organizations sent an open letter on Tuesday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture demanding that the agency investigate reports that its scientists are facing retaliation and suppression of their research on controversial

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Approximately 1 Million People Will Lose Food Assistance Benefits In 2016 As State Waivers Expire

Affected individuals are very poor; few qualify for other help.

Food stamp purchases are scanned by a cashier at a ShopRite grocery story Monday, April 23, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Roughly 1 million of the nation’s poorest people will be cut off SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) over the course of 2016, due to the return in many areas of a three-month limit on SNAP

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Dietary Guidelines Revisions Offer “Unprecedented” Sustainability Opportunity

Potential revisions to U.S. dietary guidelines could encourage Americans to eat in a way that is both healthier and more environmentally sustainable. Health experts and green advocates applaud the possible move, but not everyone shares their enthusiasm.

Food and Farm Refugee Farmers

WASHINGTON --- For the first time, the federal committee that oversees the official Dietary Guidelines for Americans is explicitly considering issues of sustainability while drafting new recommendations. Public health and environmental advocates say this constitutes both a significant change and opportunity, so long as any reforms roll back the

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‘Outrage’ Follows USDA’s Advancement Of New Genetically Engineered Crops

‘We need to get off the pesticide treadmill,’ said George Naylor, farmer and Center for Food Safety Board Member

Watchdog groups are denouncing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recommendation on Wednesday to approve new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybeans as a path towards more toxic pesticides that threaten the environment and public health. "We are outraged," stated Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD, senior scientist with Pesticide Action

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Voices Blast Dow Chemical’s ‘Agent Orange’ Seed Warfare

Pending approval of the GE Seeds, Dow prepares to roll out seed-herbicide combination package, spelling ‘catastrophe’ for farms and farmers

As the final public comment period wrapped up on Tuesday for the approval of Dow Agrosciences' new genetically engineered and herbicide-resistant seeds, hundreds of thousands of people are demanding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture halt the "chemical arms race" that is poisoning our people and planet. Dubbed "Enlist," the corn and soybean

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