Though genetically-modified varieties are prohibited in organic production under USDA rules, there are no regulations in place to protect farmers against accidental contamination from the pollen of GM corn.
Tossed Out, part 3: Americans eat only about half of the meat produced by farm animals. But most of the rest of the animal is made into every day products through rendering - what some call the original recycling process.
Tossed Out, part 2: In the developing world as much as 40 percent of the food supply never makes it from farmers to consumers, according to some estimates. But here in the U.S., planning, technology and infrastructure help minimize waste on the farm, pushing almost everything grown out to consumers.
Tossed Out, part 1: As more than a third of the U.S. food supply is squandered, nearly one in seven American househoulds has trouble finding enough to eat. Millions of pounds of edible food rots in landfills and releases toxic greenhouse gases.
Like your grandmother’s engagement ring or a dusty old photo album, heirloom seeds have been passed down through generations. And that has been made possible by organizations like the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa.
As the USDA's meat inspection division gets set to implement new rules on the inspection of poultry plants, the division faces staffing issues and questions about the inspection program's relationship to the meat industry.