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Bachmann: Divert black farmer money to flood victims

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) used her tour of flood damage in Iowa Monday as an opportunity to assert that it was a waste to pay African American farmers who sued the government over discrimination. Bachmann and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told reporters that funds intended for a 1999…

Farmers must boost sustainable crops to feed world: UN agency

MILAN (Reuters) – The ravages from half a century of intensive farming must give way to a more sustainable approach if farmers are to feed the world in 2050, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday. Global farm output must increase 70 percent, including a nearly…

Tiffany’s spent big bucks lobbying Callista Gingrich’s committee

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has dodged questions about his half-million dollar Tiffany & Co. tab all week. Now, it has been revealed that the House committee Gingrich’s wife Callista worked for was heavily lobbied by the posh jewelry store. Politico revealed last week that in her 2005 and 2006…

Are insects the answer to global malnutrition?

VIENTIANE — Serge Verniau is a man with a mission: to persuade the world to swap the chicken wings and steaks on their plates for crickets, palm weevils and other insects rich in protein and vitamins. Verniau, the Laos representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), is only…

Former USDA employee sues Breitbart over media prank

Former US Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod has made good on her word: she’s suing conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart. Last year, he published a video of her describing to an NAACP conference how she long ago overcame her own racist attitudes. However, a video from that speech was deceptively…

Germany closes 4,700 farms in dioxin scare

A food scandal in Germany deepened Friday, as regional authorities shut down more than 4,700 farms after tests showed animal feed had been contaminated by a chemical that can cause cancer. And fears grew that the contamination could have entered the food chain earlier than thought, as tests on animal…

UN official: Farming methods drive global hunger

The United Nations top official on the right to food has called for wholesale changes in farming methods to safeguard the environment and ensure everyone has enough to eat. Olivier De Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, said in a statement to mark World Food Day…

Ousted worker Sherrod rejects return to Ag agency

Ex-official Shirley Sherrod refuses to return to Agriculture Dep’t to work on civil rights Shirley Sherrod, the Agriculture Department official ousted during a racial firestorm last month, declined Tuesday to return to the agency, though she said it was tempting. Sherrod and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that she may…

Ousted USDA employee Sherrod plans to sue Breitbart

Ousted USDA employee Shirley Sherrod says she will sue conservative blogger over edited video Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted an edited video of her making racially tinged remarks last week. Sherrod made the announcement in San Diego at the…

Obama: Vilsack ‘jumped the gun’ because of YouTube culture

Sherrod fallout: Obama exhorts aides, Cabinet members to govern with more deliberative style President Barack Obama has ordered a more patient, deliberative style of governance from his aides and Cabinet members in the wake of a convulsive week surrounding the ouster of Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod. After telling Sherrod…

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