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Physicians Committee Statement: USDA Budges on Animal Welfare Database, But Not Enough

Earlier this week, the Physicians Committee and a coalition of other organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in order to restore the agency's online animal welfare database. Today, USDA announced that it would post a small number of documents online. However, the agency needs to restore the entire database—and we won't stop working until it does.

USDA’s Shutdown of Its Animal Welfare Database: What It Means for the Physicians Committee’s Work to Modernize Science

UPDATE – March 7: USDA has begun to release small amounts of information previously removed from its website. However, the online database remains down, and the vast amount of previously searchable information is still accessible to the public only through time-consuming FOIA requests. The Physicians Committee continues to pursue its lawsuit and work with allies in Congress to restore the database.

New SNAP Supplement in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine Provides USDA with a Solution to Alleviate Hunger, Chronic Disease, and Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON—More than a dozen nutrition researchers are asking the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to align the recommendations for healthful eating, outlined in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

USDA’s $20 Million Cheddar Bailout Aggravates Disease in Economically Disadvantaged

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Oct. 11 that it would purchase $20 million of cheddar cheese and distribute it to food assistance programs, a decision denounced by the Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—which recently asked the White House to block the USDA’s plan to buy 11 million pounds of cheese

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