U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Big Smoke Burger Brings Poutine, Canadian Style Burgers to NYC

    Canada isn't exactly known for its burgers, but a chain that just opened its first outlet in New York City aims to change that -- and it's serving a beloved fried potato dish, too. Big Smoke Burger (70 Seventh Avenue; 917-475-1995) opened this past Tuesday, luring crowds with its poutine and convinc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Port Authority: Warm up With Portugal's Prized Wine

    My brother-in-law, although from Ohio -- a place with very few fine wine traditions (I'm from there and can confirm it) -- loves port. But he hasn't come to adore it living in the States. Years ago, he moved to the quaint little town of Broadway in England, thereby adopting the estimable British cus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Is Sugar the New Cigarettes? Fed Up, a New Sundance Film, Thinks So

    Sixty years ago, Fred Flintstone hawked Winston cigarettes. Today, he pitches cereal. And both can kill. Stephanie Soechtig's rabble-rousing documentary Fed Up argues that it's time to attack Big Sugar just like we successfully demonized Big Tobacco. Narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up is the first do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2013

    Rightbloggers' Shutdown Post-Mortem: Hope, Despair, Conspiracy Theories

    Last week in D.C. the shutdown got shutdown, which as our previous columns show was not the result rightbloggers had been banking on. Indeed, in the final days of der Untergang, many of them were already spinning furiously, like Rich Lowry, whose broadcast from the National Review bunker was headlin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Lab Monkey Strangled to Death at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

    A primate at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn was strangled by a chain used to hold its play objects to its cage, according to U.S.D.A inspection documents obtained by Runnin' Scared. According to those same documents, the laboratory where the monkey was kept has a history of infraction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Government Twitter Accounts Are Among the First Casualties of the Shutdown

    The government officially shut down at midnight, which means that, for the time being, only essential government services will be in operation. High on the list of government services deemed "nonessential" is the management of federal Twitter accounts. Along with the national parks, the Environme ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 24, 2013

    The Monsanto Menace

    The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Animal Rights Group Pressures Over New York Foie Gras Producer

    "I happen to think that foie gras is one of the most delicious things on earth," Anthony Bourdain told the camera before a truth-finding trip to New York's Hudson Valley Foie Gras for his Christmas special in 2007. "And yet strangely enough, a few twisted, angry people would like to take your foie g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    The Undercover Animal Cruelty Videos that Spurred Big Ag's Censorship Crusade

    This week's story, "The Ag Gag War," goes behind the scenes of the guerilla fight between animal rights groups and Big Agriculture. For years organizations like the Humane Society and Mercy for Animals have being going undercover at America's largest farms, using hidden cameras to show exactly how ... More >>

  • Film

    May 15, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 28, 2013

    After Boston Bombing, Rightbloggers Turn on Immigration (Mexican or Whatever)

    There's a bill working its way through Congress that would offer a "path to citizenship" to the sort of immigrants currently known in some circles as illegal. Though its application is general, it's obviously aimed at U.S. guests of the Mexican persuasion, and it only has a chance of passing because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Senate Finally Approves $50.5 Billion in Sandy Relief

    The Senate has approved a $50.5 billion measure to benefit Superstorm Sandy victims. Even though the storm hit three months ago, relief funding has been delayed by conservative senators' concerns about raising the already-scary national debt. As we told you earlier this month, some residents in ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    The Meatmen's Tesco Vee Counts Down His New Props, His Least Favorite Albums, And Why You Should See His Band

    Tesco Vee has stretched his bawdy bile over three decades now as leader of the Meatmen, the Hate Police, and a few other concerns his lawyer would rather we not talk about. Whipping up face-slapping punk rock while juggling numerous onstage props—dildos, nun outfits, bloody rubber chickens, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Should Michael Bloomberg Treat Obesity Like Smoking?

    An article in London's Evening Standard, "Smoking is so last century: the new stigma is obesity," got us thinking: would Mayor Mike Bloomberg do a better job fighting fat-making foods, such as super-sized sodas, by treating them like cigarettes -- taxing them rather than banning them, that is? To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Food Factories Clean Up Act Only Before Safety Inspections: Report

    Digging into a hot dog or chowing down on a cold-cut sandwich? Regulators say many companies that make these types of ready-made foods only follow some key safety regulations right before Listeria monocytogenes inspections.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Report: Food Stamps Boost Economy

    ​About one third of the people who can get food stamps do not, meaning many U.S. states have lost out on a steady source of cash, Bloomberg reports. According to the news service, people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, spend about $64 billion per year.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Congress Wants Your Kids To Be Fat

    ​In a heated congressional session Thursday, lawmakers continued to clash with the Obama administration over proposed changes that would make the school-lunch program healthier, arguing that low-income children have a right to eat shitty food and get sick from it.

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Scrooge McHorrible America Will Tax Your Christmas Tree [Updated]

    ​A tax on Christmas trees -- Christmas trees! -- has been approved by the Obama administration, to raise $2 million to pay for an ad campaign that will explain the benefits of live trees over fake ones. Does anyone really need to be explained the benefits of live trees? In brief, they smell be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Open and Closed: Say Hello to Café de la Esquina at Wythe Diner, Goodbye to Double Crown

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Double Crown, on the Bowery, will close its doors this month and reopen as Saxon & Parole. The adjoining gin joint, Madam Geneva, will remain intact. [Diner's Journal] Harry Boland's Pub, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Sugar Sweet Sunshine's Bountiful Banana Pudding

    Rebecca Marx​ Sugar Sweet Sunshine is an old favorite of ours: not only are its cupcakes far better than they need to be, it excels in its interpretations of many other members of the American dessert canon.

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Daniel Boulud to Bring Extra Place up to USDA Standards

    Extra Place's vision of suburban bliss will now include charcuterie.​Extra Place has been many things throughout its long, sordid, and illustrious lifetime: part of a farm, home to a speakeasy and metalshop, de facto bathroom and bedroom for patrons of CBGB, and, most recently, the privately o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Huffington Post Hires Handful, Ditches AOL-ers; NPR Videos 'Inappropriately Edited'

    ​Since becoming a pair with his company's $315 million purchase of The Huffington Post, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and HuffPo founder Arianna Huffington have overseen the cutting of hundreds of content providers on the parent company's side, with Armstrong presiding over the laying off of over 2,00 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Mark Bittman Wants You to Know You Might Be Eating Frankenfoods

    inhabitat.comIt's alive!​In the second edition of his new op-ed column, Mark Bittman examines the regulations behind genetically modified foods. In short, the USDA now allows three types of genetically engineered foods to be used in food production and none of these will be mentioned on the la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Lady Gaga's Boyfriend Lands Drunk Diet Book Deal

    drunkdiet.comLuc Carl, drinking and dieting.​The USDA Dietary Guidelines state that moderate drinking is good for your health, but surely this is not what they meant.

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Ask the Critics: What Should I Do if I Get Food Poisoning?

    stockmusicsite.comNot a fun way to spend the evening.​Rebecca F. asks: My boyfriend and I think we got food poisoning from a restaurant we ate at a few days ago since we both got sick within half an hour of each other. Are we supposed to tell the restaurant? What do we do? Dear Rebecca: Get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2010

    Mayor Bloomberg Cutting Carbs, Pudding in Jail

    ​Prisoners at Rikers Island will eat less thanks to Michael Bloomberg's budget cuts, which are now coming for carbohydrates. Instead of eight slices of whole wheat bread every day, inmates will get six as part of a $1.6 billion budget adjustment proposed this week, the Daily News is reporting. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Shirley Sherrod Wants Her Life, Not Her Job, Back -- Also, Will Sue Andrew Breitbart

    Sherrod and Vilsack, via MSNBC​Former Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod, who was fired over an edited clip spotlighted by Andrew Breitbart in which she seemed to indicate discrimination against a white farmer 24 years ago (in the full clip she went on to explain the lesson she'd learned aga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Rightbloggers on Shirley Sherrod: "You Fucked up -- You Trusted Us!"

    You may have heard something about former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod last week. She's the civil-rights veteran who got forced out of her job after rightwing provocateur Andrew Breitbart released a video of her remarks before the NAACP, edited to make her look anti-white. You may also have heard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Shirley Sherrod Gets Apology From White House

    Sherrod speaks in the video in question​Another day, another sorry. This time it's from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to the former head of the Agriculture Department's rural development office in Georgia, Shirley Sherrod. Sherrod was fired on Monday evening (a/k/a, "asked to resign") over a cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Scarecrow, an English Pale Ale Brewed by Wychwood

    ​Scary scarecrow on the label, flying witches pressed into the amber glass of the bottle, why don't they call it Harry Potter Ale? "Oh boy," I said aloud, peering into the huge refrigerator case devoted entirely to imported beer at my local Palestinian bodega, "a beer with a Satanic, or at le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Greek Wines Are No Longer a Tragedy: Here Are Five That Are Hard to Pronounce, Easy to Drink

    Baby Bacchus drinks Greek wine. So should you.​Most people's first experience with Greek wine is pine-y, syrupy retsina -- that country white so ancient even Homer himself may have sipped it while composing his epics (poetry and booze being the classic combo that it is). But the cradle of wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Battle of the Dishes: Salumeria Biellese's House-Cured Prosciutto Versus Its Prosciutto de Parma

    Left: Salumeria Biellese's house Berkshire prosciutto; Right: Prosciutto de Parma​ In yesterday's New York Times restaurant review, Sam Sifton wrote about SD26's cured meat selection: But it is a hard truth that in Manhattan in 2009 excellent meats from "Italy" are not what people want. Weird ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Wild Game Festival at Henry's End in Brooklyn Heights

    ​ Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran a piece on the wild game renaissance in British restaurants. Apparently, younger chefs across the pond are creating modern, accessible game dishes, leaving aside heavy sauces, and boning small game birds for customers who don't want to be bothered picki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    At Highlands, Andrew Hamilton Brings the Haggis

    zoonabar/flickrA haggis herd.​ When Highlands opens this weekend, the Scottish gastropub's menu will go where scant few others have dared: to the haggis, the most revered and reviled of Scotland's traditional foods. That the mention of the dish, which is made by boiling a sheep's organs in its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Fried Pickles Take Manhattan (& Queens); Whole Foods UWS Opens with a Protest

    ​The Fruit Hunters by Adam Leith Gollner will be turned into a movie. Yung Chang, who directed the 2007 film Up the Yangtze, is adapting the book as part of a program at the Canadian Film Center. [NY Times] Fried pickles are cropping up on menus around the country. In New York, you can find f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Chili's Founder Dies; Campbell's Soup CEO Says We Should Copy Canada

    Two people were killed in an explosion at a North Carolina food plant known for producing Slim Jims. More than 40 people were taken to the hospital, including three firefighters who inhaled ammonia gas during the aftermath of the blast. [NY Times] Gordon Ramsay continues to piss off the Aussies, ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Gillibrand Supports Sliced Apples For, and From, New York

    New senator Kirsten Gillibrand hasn't been able to do much lately besides get in and out of trouble about her guns. Such is the lot of a senate noob even in the best of circumstances. But, perhaps aware that all politics is local, she's going outside the U.S. senate, teaming with state senator Darr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Flight 1549: Engine Found, Feather Filed, Tom Cruise Interested

    Yesterday they found the missing jet engine from Flight 1549 at the bottom of the Hudson River. Even more exciting: on the other engine, they found a feather. So we guess pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger wasn't lying about that flock of geese after all! Just to make sure, they're sending DNA found ... More >>

  • Books

    January 30, 2007

    Meat Puppets

    Eat your greens: chewing over the history and politics of vegetarianism

  • Theater

    June 27, 2006

    Early Bud Special

    Unhealthy Breakfast may cause bloating, hangover

  • Specials

    May 24, 2005
  • Blogs

    May 2, 2005

    NYC: Must Work For Food

    It doesn't take a billionaire businessman to know that New York City could use a little more help from the federal and state governments: That's why Mayor Michael Bloomberg has called for revising the way Homeland Security money gets allocated, and praised the recent court decision awarding billions ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    March 29, 2005

    Natural Selection

    Organic wine sticks it to the man

  • News

    March 29, 2005

    Recipe for Trouble

    City schools' new food plan fails to deliver

  • News

    March 9, 2004
  • Art

    August 6, 2002
  • Books

    July 30, 2002

    Toxic to the Tongue

    How Big Business Feeds You Hazardous Food

  • News

    May 15, 2001

    The DNA Bomb

    Modified Crops are In the Crosshairs Now. You May Be Next.

  • Film

    April 11, 2000

    The Feds Are Coming!

    A Conspiracy So Vast

  • News

    June 22, 1999

    2004, Stupid

    Starr's Strikes Forever

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