USDA

The state of the USDA: A quiet dismantling

As President Trump prepares the State of the Union address at the midpoint of his term, fights over the U.S.-Mexico border wall, the Russia investigation, and his latest tweet are dominating headlines. But beneath the noise lies a remarkable, relentless, and often secretive two-year effort to structurally weaken and starve the Department of Agriculture.

Uprooted Episode 51: Suing the USDA over CAFO Loans

Josh talks with Ben Lilliston about a lawsuit that IATP has signed on to stop a policy that exempts CAFOs who receive federal loans from undergoing environmental review. You can read Ben's article on the topic here:  https://www.iatp.org/blog/factory-farms-slip-environmental-review-loans  

The 2017 Thanksgiving salmonella outbreak is still with us. Why?

With Thanksgiving and Christmas comes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s reminder to cook turkey to 165 degrees to kill salmonella, a harmful bacteria, as in “Why a Salmonella Outbreak Shouldn’t Ruin Your Thanksgiving.” The reminder is particularly timely since an outbreak of salmonella-infected turkey resulting in foodborne illness was officially detected a bit more than a year ago. This inadequate response should raise serious questions about the proposed USDA takeover of all federal food safety duties.