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Vilsack: Healthy school meals, greater access to food are vital

Despite political polarization, Congress should keep child nutrition programs rolling towards healthier school meals and making the food available to more youngsters, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in spelling out his goals for reauthorization of the programs.

Vilsack to step up nutrition battle next week

The USDA announced today that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will continue his campaign for reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, otherwise known as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, with a speech at the National Press Club on September 8.

U.S. to give preference for meat raised with fewer antibiotics

President Obama directed the government to support "the emerging market for meat that has been produced according to responsible antibiotic-use policies" by serving the meat in federal cafeterias and, by 2020, giving routine preference to vendors selling the meat.

Pew: Loopholes allow “injudicious” livestock antibiotics use

The FDA program to phase out use of antibiotics as a growth promotant in food animals "may allow some injudicious uses to persist," says the Pew Trusts' Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming.