U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Your Produce Is Full of Pesticides and Washing Won't Help

    It's no secret that fruits and vegetables are the health Holy Grail. As author and professor Michael Pollan so succinctly said, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." But it's not quite as simple as chowing down on anything you find in the produce aisle, because lots of it is covered in poison. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Recall of Nearly Nine Million Pounds of Beef Could Affect Florida

    A California-based meat processor has issued a recall of nearly nine million pounds of beef products, and Florida is one of the states involved. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website, Rancho Feeding Corporation, based in Petaluma, is recalling approximately 8,742,7 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    The Butcher Shop in Wynwood: Confusion Reigns

    It's Sunday night, and the graffiti-stamped walls of the Butcher Shop, a Wynwood restaurant/beer garden, are vibrating with the sound of what must be the work of Skrillex and Marilyn Manson's love child. Things could be softened by two beers, one beer, anything. But the busboy can't find the waitres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Government Shutdown: Nine Ways It Affects Restaurants and Consumers

    Today, the United States Government shut down after Congress failed to reach an agreement to fund federal agencies. The first shutdown in 17 years disrupts a laundry list of federal agencies. Though essential government employees like air traffic controllers, border patrol agents and food inspector ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    The Butcher Shop Opens July 4: Quality Meat and Beer in Wynwood

    After some soft openings and a few teases of good food and cold beer, the Butcher Shop will finally open July 4 at 5 p.m. Is the Butcher Shop a butcher shop, a restaurant, or a beer garden? Executive chef Dustin Ward tells Short Order that the Wynwood eatery is a blend of all three.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    U.S. Government Spends Your Tax Dollars Advertising Food Stamps In Mexico

    The Daily Caller this morning reports that the U.S. government has been spending money advertising our food stamp program in other countries. "Contrary to sound policy, the United States is spending money advertising food stamp benefits in foreign consulates," states a Thursday evening press releas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    New York, Listen Up: Top Five "Healthy" Sodas, From Cola to Lychee

    In light of the New York ban and ensuing bruhaha, we must admit: there is no such thing as a completely healthy soda. But there are much healthier alternatives than those BPA-laden cans full of phosphate fizzies pumped full of high fructose corn syrup and caramel coloring.The ingredients in regular ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 9, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Top 10 Things You Don't Want To Hear Your Fourth of July Host Say

    Fourth of July gatherings are like any other gatherings: Some are a lot better than others. Thing is, by the time you discover the picnic you've attended is a dud, it's too late.Sometimes, however, you might overhear a key phrase uttered by the host that will signal looming trouble early on in the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Food Stamp Parties? US Government Encourages Seniors To Attend.

    In a shining example of government idiocy, the USDA is actually encouraging people to apply for food stamps.The government agency has an active program to lure more Americans into applying for food stamps, specifically targeting senior citizens. This program costs the USDA between $2.5 and $3 millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    New Dirty Dozen: Apples, Celery Most Pesticide-Contaminated. Mushrooms Okay.

    Lettuce samples contained 78 different pesticide residues. Domestic blueberries tested positive for 42 pesticides. And 98 percent of apples were found to be contaminated by pesticides. And 92 percent of certain baby foods were pesticide-tainted. (These levels were measured in "conventional," or non- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Local Fruit: The Secret Ingredient For a Perfect Batido

    All photos by Emily CodikI've had my share of batidos. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, my mother would always whip up thick shakes with produce from her favorite street-side fruit carts. She'd add the fruit, milk and ice to a blender and serve a simple, yet delicious, batido. The chilled drink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Jeff McInnis Talks Breasts and Legs, Of Chicken, That Is

    ​​I used to judge diners as unadventurous when they ordered chicken at a restaurant. It always felt like the safe option, ubiquitous even at dinner parties. But things have changed and chicken has earned itself a renewed reputation.This respect is evident with the dishes of Jeff McInnis, the Jam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    74. Kobe Burger at CG Burgers

    It's that time of year again when we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2012 issue in June. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to cafe@miaminewtimes.com74. Kobe Burger at CG BurgersIn our curre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    McDonald's Will No Longer Use Pink Slime in Its Burgers. Wait ... Say What? (Video)

    McDonald's has declared that it will no longer use "pink slime" in the manufacturing of its food products, ABC News reported yesterday.Much like you're probably doing right now, when I first heard the news I asked myself, What the hell is pink slime?And much like most Americans, I had no clue about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    School Lunch: French Fries Still a Vegetable, But New Rules Are Better

    ​Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama ate a cafeteria lunch at a local D.C. area elementary school as a sign of support (and photo op) to mark the new USDA nutritional standards for public school lunches. These rules, which must be implemented by July, 2012, aren't perfect (French fries are still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Four Ideas For New Nutrition Labels, From Stars to Traffic Lights

    ​"The grocery store has become a Tower of Babel," said Louis Sullivan back in 1990. "Consumers need to be linguists, scientists, and mind readers to understand the many labels they see."Sullivan at the time was Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and he instructed the FDA to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Horse Slaughter Legal Once Again in U.S., Maybe Even in Florida

    Woah, Nelly. Horse slaughter is once again legal thanks to Congress.Florida currently has some of the toughest laws against horse slaughter in the nation, but activists disagree over whether the practice could soon be booming in the Sunshine State."If someone were to open a licensed slaughter house ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Warning: "Natural" Breakfast Cereal May Be Hazardous To Your Health

    ​​​​Kashi's GoLean cereal (made by Kellogg's) contains 100 percent genetically engineered soybeans. Whole Foods Market's 365 Corn Flakes is made from 57 percent GMO corn; in Barbara's Bakery's Puffins the GMO corn content is 55 percent.USDA testing has found residues of organophosphate pesti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Destructive Giant African Land Snails on the Loose in Miami

    ​Giant African land snails have invaded Miami-Dade county, according to the state Department of Agriculture. The snails are one of the largest species in the world and have nasty habits like eating almost any type of plant in their path, causing destruction to homes, and making humans sick. To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Mauret Curbelo, Hialeah Butcher, Proves That Even Petty Crime Is F***ing Terrifying in Miami

    wikimedia commonsNow you can start your own illegal Hialeah slaughterhouse!​What is it about Miami that makes the mundane seem so... menacing?Take the case of Mauret Curbelo, the manager of Danilo Ranch, where Hialeah peters out into the Everglades. Last year, the United States Department of Agric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Sad, Unsurprising News of the Week: Homestead Farms Screwing Bean Pickers

    USDABlood Beans: Do you know how your veggies are harvested?​Not content to pay their employees minimum wage, ten Homestead farms and contractors have been screwing their bean pickers -- actual job description, not an ethnic slur -- out of even that measly pay to the tune of nearly $700,000.As if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Miami Food Pyramid Stresses Pork Fat and Vodka -- and Some Real Data Too

    Courtesy​Last week marked the official retirement of the oft-avoided USDA Food Pyramid that has been haunting sugar and grease-loving Americans since 1992.The new symbol for portion-control divides a plate into sections based on rough estimates of how much protein, dairy, fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Peter Vauthy of Red The Steakhouse and the Biggest Halibut You Have Ever Seen

    Chef Peter Vauthy: Class is now in session.​Peruse the menu at any fine restaurant in Miami and you're sure to find a lot of bragging about the pedigrees of the various ingredients of the dish you're about to eat. With phrases like Prime, USDA Certified Angus, wild-caught, sometimes you're n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Revealed: USDA Plot To Kill Americans With Cheese!

    "Domino's Pizza was hurting early last year. Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst tasting pies. Then help arrived from an organization called Dairy Management. It teamed up with Domino's to develop a new line of pizzas with 40 perce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    New Times Finalist for Three Association of Food Journalist Awards

    Photo by C. StilesThese pigs unfortunately couldn't Babe their way out of their fate.​The finalists for the Association of Food Journalists Awards were revealed yesterday, and the Miami New Times was nominated for three awards, more than any other alternative weekly in the country.Staff writer Gus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Weak New Standards For Food In Schools

    Photo by Lee KleinThey say the $4.5 billion dollars spent will yield a leaner hamburger​The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow the Agriculture Department to create new standards for all foods in schools, including vending machines. This translates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    New Allen Brothers Catalogue Is Out

    Baseball strip steak, potatoes not included.The fall 2009 Allen Brothers catalogue has just been released. For those not familiar with the mail-order meat company, Allen Brothers has been America's leading source of USDA Prime beef since 1893. The company has also been one of the main sponsors of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Farm Share, Food Charity, Faces Closure Due To County Budget Axe

    image via farmshare.orgDon't take food out of their mouths.​What happens when a government starves its people? Dade County will find out the hard way if it axes Farm Share from its budget as proposals suggest.Farm Share is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that provides food directly to at least ... More >>

  • News

    August 6, 2009

    Mr. Clucky and Other Animals in the News

    When the heat hits and news slows to a crawl, it's time for an animal controversy.

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Mr. Clucky Has a Slow-News Summer to Thank for His Notoriety

    If this were January, he'd be just another unkown evicted rooster.​If you've turned on the TV news or glanced at the front page of the Miami Herald in the past week, you're familiar with the plight of South Beach's most famous cock. Newsrooms across South Florida have been stricken with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    The USDA Lies

    Most people believe that a "naturally raised" label implies animals have access to sunshine, fresh air, freedom of movement and the ability to perform, um, you know, natural behaviors. Yet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently allowed companies to slap a "naturally raised" labe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    On the Hunt for Illegal Slaughter in Northwest Dade

    Take a drive through West Miami-Dade -- anywhere from as far south as Kendall to beyond the northern borders of the county -- and you'll see the signs everywhere. Se Venden Puercos. Venden Animales. Animals for Sale. Guess what? The farmers inside ain't selling their pigs alive. But they certainly d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Food Stamp Nation - Florida Leads The Pack

    The Miami Herald reports that "In the last two years, the number of Floridians on food stamps has increased more than 40 percent to 1.7 million. That increase is the highest in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture."The numbers read like this, 356,000 food stamp recipients live ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    New Yard, New Grill

    Interior view of The Grill on the Alley. I received two press releases today regarding a pair of upcoming dining establishments. One announced that The Grill on the Alley, a Beverly Hills hangout for Hollywood’s movers and shakers since 1984, would be opening in Aventura this October. The ambianc ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 10, 2008

    More Exotic than Your Average Kiwi

    Learn the secret language of succulents at the Rare Fruit Conference.

  • News

    November 22, 2007

    Eat Shit and Die

    Exactly what do chickens and cows eat before we eat them?

  • Dining

    January 11, 2007

    Fast-Food Children

    Making school lunches healthy is an uphill battle

  • Dining

    October 13, 2005
  • News

    March 3, 2005

    Letters from the Issue of March 3, 2005

    Dance music, Stevie Wonder, pot-smoking teens, and Leona Helmsley

  • Restaurants

    May 13, 2004


    Prime One Twelve

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2003

    Gourd Times

    Fun with pumpkins and ponies

  • News

    February 20, 2003

    A-Hunting They Will Go

    The rabbit and vulture problem at MIA hits its Malthusian limit

  • Finest Foods

    May 16, 2002


    Norman Brothers Produce

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Something Rotten

    Trainloads of food go to waste while thousands of kids go unfed, courtesy of the school lunch program

  • News

    July 6, 2000

    Anatomy of a Quarantine

    State officials are spending millions of your tax dollars to stop citrus canker. And they're making a mess of it.

  • News

    September 26, 1996

    Getting Wasted at 35,000 Feet

    Airlines that service Miami International Airport throw away up to 600 uneaten meals every day

  • News

    March 2, 1995

    Get Back, JoJo

    Will JoJo the bear leave his home in Davie for some Oregon grass?

  • News

    March 30, 1994


    If the USDA's downsizing program kills off the historic Subtropical Research Station in South Dade, it wouldn't be a total loss

  • News

    June 10, 1992

    Stinky, Crunchy, Paint-Eating Hermaphrodites

    The USDA stopped the importation of giant African snails to Florida, but there were a couple left behind...

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