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Trick or Treat? 5 Ways the USDA Secretary Has Pranked Us

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

It’s fun when little kids put on costumes and pretend to be things they’re not. It’s less fun when high-ranking government officials disguise their true identities and intentions. The Trump administration is rife with officials who pose as public servants but are actually swamp creatures—doing the bidding of various industries, lining their own pockets, or both. It goes right up to the top. But the official I want to talk about during this week of masks and disguises is the administration’s Secretary of Agriculture. George Ervin Perdue III goes by the folksy nickname, “Sonny.” And that’s just the beginning of the façade. Read more >

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Trump Axing Advisory Committees Is Bad for Farmers and Nation’s Food Supply

, Economist

Earlier this summer, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order that would arbitrarily eliminate one-third of all federal advisory committees (FACs) not mandated by statute across the government, while restricting an agency’s ability to form new FACs. FACs provide an avenue for outside experts and stakeholders to weigh in on federal programs and policies, including roughly 150 that advise the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a variety of food and farming issues. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and other agency and department heads have until today to make these cuts. Read more >

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Adults Behaving Badly: Climate Edition

, Economist

Young people shouldn’t have to organize a global climate strike. That’s our job. Read more >

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Corporate Profit Motives Shape Our Food Environment, and It’s Killing Us

Jessica O'Neill, , UCS

Each year, about 1.5 million people in the United States die from these diseases, and poor diet is a leading cause. As Americans, our individualistic mindset often causes us to quickly judge people, even ourselves, for the difficulty we experience trying to eat healthily. However, a close examination of the evidence shows that eating behaviors are strongly influenced by a disease-promoting food environment that is shaped more by corporate profit motives than it is based on our understanding of our neurobiology and nutritional needs. We have the power to reverse this trend and save lives. Read more >

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Trump Administration Sidesteps Congress to Cut SNAP. Again.

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

The Trump administration has announced a new proposed rule that would make it harder for millions to feed their families—and is defying Congress in the process.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve seen this movie before. Several times. Read more >

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