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  • And a new report by USDA’s Economic Revenue Service shows that more adults are eating meals at home and there were significant changes in overall diet quality between 2005-06 and 2009-10. Calorie intake was also down due to eating more meals at home. The time period of the study includes the recession which may have had a factor.
  • Thanks to a provision in the omnibus appropriations package – Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns says the Environmental Protection Agency will have to reveal details about its aerial surveillance program. The provision requires EPA to give a full account – including where the flyovers took place, how much they cost and how many were conducted.
  • A report released this week by Oxfam ranks the food systems of 125 countries according to the metrics of food quality, abundance of food, affordability of food and eating habits of citizens. Despite affordable prices and high food quality – the U.S. tied with Japan for 21st place. High diabetes and obesity rates brought down the U.S. score – ranking it behind 20 European countries and Australia.

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