Native American food sovereignty means ‘rebuilding our … food systems, one taste bud at a time’ – February 17, 2022

Native American food sovereignty means ‘rebuilding our … food systems, one taste bud at a time’ When Covid-19 hit, intensifying hunger rates and limiting food access across the country, tribal communities drew on ancestral knowledge to mount a resilient response, said A-dae Romero-Briones, who directs Native agriculture and food systems… Continue reading

USDA takes average of 630 days to process civil rights complaints, lawmakers told – February 16, 2022

USDA takes average of 630 days to process civil rights complaints, lawmakers told For decades, the USDA has been accused of racial and gender discrimination in its programs, hiring and employment practices, and it has been subject to both class action lawsuits and settlements. A hearing on Tuesday examined shortcomings… Continue reading

USDA is ‘lone wolf’ inventing climate program on its own, says GOP – February 9, 2022

USDA is ‘lone wolf’ inventing climate program on its own, says GOP The senior Republican on the House Agriculture Committee accused the USDA of exceeding its authority — “We’re the ones that authorize programs”— by launching a $1 billion initiative to develop climate-smart commodities on Tuesday. A senior Republican on… Continue reading

USDA to put $1 billion into climate-smart pilot projects – February 8, 2022

USDA to put $1 billion into climate-smart pilot projects The USDA will spend $1 billion on climate-smart pilot projects, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Monday, delivering on a pledge made last September to help farmers develop a market for sustainably produced commodities. The demonstration projects could change the shape… Continue reading