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Why sick dairy cows may be to blame for 2018’s historic recalls of Salmonella-tainted beef

Update, December 4, 2018 at 2:45 p.m., EST: The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has…

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Thinly sliced: Feeling attacked by the Trump administration, USDA economists quit en masse

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“Breaking our back”: Food banks are drowning in milk China won’t buy

Later this summer, about 60,000 gallons of fresh, free milk will be driven from dairy farms and processors in Phoenix,…

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From potatoes to coffee, plant breeders are changing crops to adapt to an uncertain climate future

We tend to view the effects of climate change through the lens of the worst and most dramatic disasters, from…

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The aquaculture industry is trying to take fish out of fish food. Are microalgae the solution?

Anyone who works in aquaculture will tell you the same thing: Seafood has a sustainability problem. While it’s become common…

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Trump administration announces $16 billion in trade aid payments

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Thursday announced details of a second round of farm bailout payments for…

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Thinly sliced: Tyson sues USDA inspector for allegedly signing off on pork without looking at it

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Illinois may start letting some food stamps users spend SNAP money at restaurants

In Illinois, disabled, elderly, and homeless food stamps recipients may soon be able to spend their benefit dollars at participating…

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This is our last soda tax story ever

By January of this year, seven American cities had implemented so-called soda taxes of one to two cents per ounce…

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Bananas are getting cheaper. That low price comes with hidden costs.

Chances are, you eat bananas. Since they're the country’s most popular fruit, purchased by nearly 70 percent of people in…