The Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as "lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times due to lack of financial resources." Record food stamp enrollment over the last two years suggests that food insecurity has been getting worse.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering new dietary guidelines for school lunches, and the ubiquitous potato may be on the chopping block. The potato industry, though, is getting ready to defend its reputation -- and its bottom line.
Bad weather that is reducing crops yields, increasing global demand and a greater push for bio-fuels are all playing havoc with corn prices, which affect costs throughout the economy.
The Food and Drug Administration and the Justice Department have joined an investigation into the massive egg recall. Meanwhile, former USDA egg graders say their complaints of unsanitary conditions, including towering piles of manure, were ignored.
Hoping to stop more small ranches from failing, the Obama administration has proposed a new antitrust rule. But ranchers are divided about whether it will help or hurt them. At a workshop Friday, some argued the rule could end up reducing their earnings.
Your morning omelet is about to get a whole lot pricier. Following a massive recall of 550 million eggs, wholesale prices for eggs have soared 40%. That's likely to translate into higher egg prices in stores within the next two weeks.
Anyone who has ever watched an episode of Animal Planet knows that ecosystems are fragile, relying on the delicate balance of species and resources. But what is less-known is the high economic cost incurred when a balance is upset by a species that is alien to the area. Killer bees, coyotes and Canadian geese are just a few of the biggest offenders.