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After watching several documentaries about our food supply and learning just how deficient in nutrients the food we consume has become over the past 30-years, our family has decided to make some serious changes. We are buying organic, eating in season and buying locally. Our meat is grassfed, our bread in homebaked and I feel good about what my family is eating.

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by Todd Starnes

July 11, 2014

The First Lady of these United States has declared war on Chick-fil-A. It seems the home of plump juicy breasts and hot buttered buns has run afoul of the new Smart Snacks in School program.

The program is a component of Mrs. Obama's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The new government regulations require snack items served in public schools to have less than two hundred calories. That includes vending machines, lunch rooms and other campus food venues. And that's really bad news for kids at South Carolina's Socastee High School. They've just learned they will no longer be allowed to buy Chick-fil-A sandwiches at school. "They don't meet the standards," Principal Paul Browning told the Myrtle Beach Sun News. "We're struggling with it."

by Todd Starnes

June 7, 2013

A veteran member of the U.S. Army Band said he is facing retribution and punishment from the military for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his car, reading books written by conservative authors like Mark Levin and David Limbaugh.

Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a 25-year Army veteran and conservative Christian based at Fort Myer in Washington, believes his outspoken opposition to gay marriage prompted higher-ups to take a closer look at his beliefs. The recipient of an Army Commendation Medal and a soloist at the funeral of former First Lady Betty Ford, Sommers said his core beliefs are enough to mark a soldier for persecution in today's military. "It seems like with the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell - that the Christians have been the ones who've had to go underground and in the closet - for fear of retaliation and reprisals," Sommers told Fox News. "Christians feel like they can't be forthright with their faith. They have to hide."

by Todd Starnes

February 25, 2013

Hunters across Louisiana are outraged after state health officials ordered a rescue mission to destroy $8,000 worth of deer meat because venison is not allowed to be served in homeless shelters.

The Dept. of Health and Hospitals ordered the staff at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to throw 1,600 pounds of donated venison in garbage bins - and then ordered then to douse the meat with Clorox - so other animals would not eat the meat. "Deer meat is not permitted to be served in a shelter, restaurant or any other public eating establishment in Louisiana," said a Health Dept. official in an email to Fox News. "While we applaud the good intentions of the hunters who donated this meat, we must protect the people who eat at the Rescue Mission, and we cannot allow a potentially serious health threat to endanger the public." That statement set off a firestorm among hunters and lawmakers who called it outrageous and insulting.

by Tina Ruggiero

July 13, 2013

There were seals denoting hormone-free, bird-friendly, Rainforest Alliance certified, wild-caught, certified humane, dolphin-safe, Soil Association certified and free-range (which apparently is different from animals who are allowed to roam freely).

Clearly, these stamps and seals are well-intended. Many people will argue that third-party certifications are a critical part of the sustainable food movement, attempting to inform and reassure a skeptical buying public. But I feel things have gotten a bit out of hand. As this story goes to press, there are more than 300 certifications in use. Although there is no legal U.S. definition for natural foods, there are numerous, informal definitions; however, manufacturers are realizing that the descriptor is ambiguous and have begun to remove it from labels. Research shows that while consumers want natural products, they are specifically looking for foods that have been minimally processed, allergen-free or without artificial ingredients.

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by Tina Korbe

March 13, 2012

Michelle Obama has made Let's Move - an anti-childhood obesity program - her signature initiative as First Lady.

President's wives often take up causes that aren't particularly controversial and pursue non-governmental solutions to widespread personal problems, but Mrs. O has taken a decidedly political approach to her pet project, bringing considerable pressure to bear to ensure desired outcomes (like more fruit and fewer fries in McDonald's Happy Meals or lower sodium menus at Olive Garden). She has looked approvingly on the effort to create voluntary nutritional guidelines for foods marketed to children - "voluntary" guidelines that might very plausibly lead to more federal regulation of marketers.

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by Tina Korbe

March 1, 2012

"Habit Heroes" featured animated fitness superstars Will Power and Callie Stenics and larger-than-life villains Snacker and Lead Bottom. Not OK, according to fat acceptance advocates.

With well-intentioned creativity, Walt Disney World partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield to create an interactive exhibit at Epcot Center to encourage children to exercise and eat healthily - but critics complained, so Disney temporarily closed the exhibit.

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by Tina Korbe

February 27, 2012

Pretty much from the minute Newt Gingrich branded President Barack Obama "the best food-stamp president in American history," I've wondered why liberals didn't immediately tout that statement as a compliment.

Government spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has doubled just since 2008 and more than 10 million people have been added to the food stamp rolls - but isn't that a positive in the liberal worldview? Ten million more beholden to government and likelier to vote for the continuation of the welfare state? What's so bad about that for politicians who want to continue to preside over that welfare state? 'Course, they couldn't acknowledge that as the true motivation for their satisfaction with the swelling of SNAP, but they could still spin Gingrich's statement as a sign that the president is doing something right.

Hot Air

by Tina Korbe

January 23, 2012

Why Newt Gingrich naming Barack Obama "the food stamp president" ever generated controversy is more than a little perplexing - and how race was ever brought into the issue is even more perplexing.

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by Tina Korbe

December 19, 2011

The Nation's Lizzy Ratner selects a series of sympathetic examples to demonstrate the successful way in which SNAP acts as a true social safety net, a source-of-last-resort for the most desperate among us.

Who among us would wish to deprive these persons of help? The answer, of course, is nobody. But some of us might want to forestall funneling money to folks like Leroy Fick, who remained eligible for food stamps even after he won a $2 million lottery jackpot, or a Seattle woman who was enrolled in SNAP at the same time that she lived in a $1.2 million beachfront home. Ms. Ratner doesn't mention either of those examples, though - and it's because she apparently failed to research what might actually motivate food stamp reformers that she falls back on an implausible explanation for their opposition to the waste, fraud and abuse that still inheres in the program. Racism, Ratner concludes, is at the heart of any attempt to rein in misuse.

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by Tina Korbe

November 7, 2011

Economists on both the left and the right have long had concerns and criticisms about the accuracy of the poverty rate.

At the instruction of the federal government, the Census Bureau developed a new measure to determine the number of poor in America. The Bureau today released the nation's poverty numbers under the new gauge. Called "The Supplemental Poverty Measure," the new indicator suggests 49.1 million Americans face poor economic conditions, compared with just 46.6 million under the standard measure. That sounds "grim," as an MSNBC headline put it - but, just as the standard measure is misleading in many ways, so, too, is this new indicator.


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