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Loads of expensive cherries left to rot as USDA forces farmer to dump crop on the ground to make room for overseas imports

(NaturalNews) Has the world gone mad? Recently, a Facebook post about expensive tart cherries being left to go rotten on the ground in Grand Traverse County has gone viral. A Michigan farmer, Marc Santucci, was forced to dump 14 percent of his crop to make room for 200 million pounds of cherries brought in from Turkey and Eastern Europe.

USDA's new GMO-free label refuses to even mention 'GMO'

By Gutierrez: (NaturalNews) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is planning to introduce a new voluntary certification program to label foods free of genetically modified organisms (GMO), according to a leaked internal document obtained by the Associated Press. The move has been widely interpreted as an attempt to head off a growing movement for mandatory labeling of GMO ingredients.

Head of USDA organic program refuses to admit organics are healthier

By Heyes: (NaturalNews) Most people know that organically grown foods are healthier for you because they are grown naturally without the use of the chemicals or pesticides that have been blamed for environmental damage and human illness.

Why does it appear that the federal government is not aware of this fact? Could it be that the one person who should know the difference between organic and non-organic farming -- the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's organic food program -- is wholly bought and paid for by corporate biotech and bio-agricultural interests?

Idiocracy is here: School lunches served in America now symbolize a destitute nation

By Devon: (NaturalNews) New Federal school lunch rules, pioneered by the lovely First Lady Michelle Obama, are leaving school children with paltry rations and unappetizing slop. A new photo taken at a public school in Virginia shows one example of what children are being fed under the new USDA school lunch guidelines.

USDA recommends eating months-old food, using FoodKeeper app to reduce food waste

By Duncan: (NaturalNews) Each year in the U.S., literally billions of pounds of good food are thrown away because consumers are unsure about the freshness or safety of many items in their refrigerators and cupboards. The USDA estimates that as much as 21 percent of the country's available food is not consumed. This equates to a whopping 36 pounds of food per person wasted every month.

GMO apples approved despite fierce opposition

By Benson: (NaturalNews) Proof that USDA serves biotech interests while betraying the people. The world has gone completely mad. While the average American mindlessly obsesses over whether or not a stupid image-gone-viral of a dress depicts white and gold colors or black and blue, the federal agency tasked with protecting the integrity of our food supply has indiscriminately green-lighted a new genetically modified organism (GMOs) for human consumption that threatens to unleash a Pandora's box of destruction on both the apple industry and public health.

USDA betrays American people, approves Monsanto's new GMOs

By Heyes: (NaturalNews) In a sop to biotech and agriculture giant Monsanto, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the company's controversial genetically modified herbicide-resistant strains of soybean and cotton, leaving critics to speculate that the corporate giant's influence within the federal agency won out over legitimate concerns about human and environmental health.

USDA refuses to test foods for glyphosate contamination, says pesticides are safe to eat

By Benson: (NaturalNews) The American food supply is teeming with deadly pesticides. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), headed by former Monsanto lawyer Tom Vilsack, says people shouldn't worry because pesticides are completely safe to eat!

The latest pesticide data released by the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) claims that most pesticide contamination on fresh fruit, vegetables, butter, and other food commodities is below the legal tolerance limits established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).