Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

On the same day that a federal judge in Minnesota issued an order slowing line speeds under the New Swine Inspection Program, attorneys for USDA in California filed a cutting 45-page answer to an amended complaint by other plaintiffs also wishing to bring down the program.

Filed in U.S District
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Two senior U.S. Representatives, two former Secretaries of Agriculture, a chef, and Consumer Reports have sent USDA an “action plan” to safeguard America’s food supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve sent the plan with a cover letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

The plan reportedly includes detailed steps
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Activists and industry reps sat down twice with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to see if they could find a compromise about labeling food processed with genetic engineering. No compromise could be found, and it’s unlikely there will be a third meeting. That the negotiations broke down hardly came as
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