Posts Tagged ‘USDA’

The USDA Launches an Evening Farmers Market Tonight

Have a picnic on the National Mall and listen to live music.

Vitamin Doughnuts! Exploding Ketchup! The Unsettling History of Food Safety On Display Downtown

The exhibit What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? The Government’s Effect on the American Diet, opened June 10 at the National Archives downtown. That day and over the weekend, more than 15,000 visitors had the chance to see a poster with rosy-cheeked kids advertising vitamin-enriched doughnuts and a scone recipe sent from Queen Elizabeth to President Dwight […]

USDA: Pizza Is America’s No. 2 Source of Saturated and Solid Fats

Jane Black, formerly of The Washington Post's food section and currently studying the eating habits of Huntington, W.Va., has a nice piece in New York magazine about how bad pizza is for us. Federal authorities have been sounding the alarm as part of new USDA dietary guidelines. From Black's piece: The humble slice, we learn […]

At Thai King’s Birthday Bash, Sampling Current and Former Forbidden Fruits

As we chatted about Thai agricultural commodities at Tuesday night’s birthday party for King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Capital Hilton, Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs, agriculture minister in the Royal Thai Embassy’s Office of Agricultural Affairs, graciously passed me a large coconut with a straw in it. I wanted to take notes, but the milk inside was so […]

The Reversal of Outrage Over the USDA and Cheese

On Sunday, Nov. 7, The New York Times published a story that spelled out the U.S. Department of Agriculture's hypocritical role in America's dietary life: The agency that pushes for healthier diets, the paper pointed out, has simultaneously created and partially funded a marketing group designed to add tons more cheese into our lives via […]

Last Week’s Greatest Hits on Young & Hungry

Maybe we should have less food porn on Y&H and more chef porn? Then again, I'm not sure this photo of David Guas qualifies in the latter category, but it would seem to redefine, at least for the readers who flocked to it, the idea of "arm candy." Take a look at your Top 5 […]

Food News You Can Use: How to Use Store-Bought Cranberry Sauce and Pawn It Off As Your Own

No time to waste, let's get straight to the news. Capitol Hill Sporting Goods at 727 8th St. SE will soon be replaced by a funky new tavern serving up American fare and offering live jazz and blues. (The Hill Is Home) During President Obama's trip to the Subcontinent this past weekend, the Indian government […]

Veal Eaters: Does This Video Bother You?

This undercover video from the Humane Society of the United States (disclaimer: my wife works there and I once did, too) documents the conditions at a Vermont slaughterhouse where veal calves are treated with the kind of respect usually reserved for household intruders. Today, both the USDA and the Vermont state agriculture agency suspended operations […]

Planning to Tailgate at FedEx on Sunday? Let the USDA Keep You Safe.

Just remember, this is from the same government that couldn't prevent foodborne illnesses traced to spinach, peanut butter, cookie dough, jalapenos, you name it. Enjoy the game!

Daily Food Blog Roundup: Extreme Blogging

Let's start the week with the online equivalent of wingsuit flying: Bloggers willing to tear down institutions and destroy old ideas. Hey, if we desk jockeys can't exercise anymore, then we might as well get our endorphin rush from little shots of e-schadenfreude. Less Is Enough chronicles Day 27 of a campaign to eat for a month […]