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Widespread porcine epidemic threatens pork supplies, barbecue season

A dark cloud is menacing the cherished US summer season of outdoor grilling: a deadly pig virus that has been sweeping through farms and driving up pork prices. The porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus was first officially detected in the United States in May 2013. Now it is active in…

48 million Americans see food stamp cuts due to congressional inaction

The US Congress on Friday allowed an estimated $5 billion cut to the US federal food stamps program, slashing the social safety net for the poor, elderly and disabled. Almost 48 million Americans have had their food subsidies cut after a 2009 recession-fighting measure expired Thursday with no congressional action…

Nearly a third of honey bee colonies died in U.S. last winter

Nearly a third of the honey bee colonies in the United States died this past winter, sharply higher proportion than a year ago, according to an official report released Tuesday. The US population of managed honey bee colonies fell by 31.1 percent in the October 2012-April 2013 period, said the…

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