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Dan Imhoff
Dan Imhoff is a researcher, author, and independent publisher who has concentrated for over 20 years on issues related to farming, the environment, and design. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, and books including CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories; Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill; Paper or Plastic: Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged World; Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches; and Building with Vision: Optimizing and Finding Alternatives to Wood.

Dan is a public speaker who lectures and conducts workshops on a variety of topics, from food and farming to environmental design and conservation. He has appeared on hundreds of national and regional radio and television programs, including CBS Sunday Morning, Science Friday, and West Coast Live. His books have gained national attention with coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, the San Jose Mercury News, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He has testified before Congress and spoken at numerous conferences, corporate and government offices, and college campuses, including Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the University of California at Berkeley, and Yale University.

Dan is the president and co-founder of Watershed Media, a non-profit publishing house based in Healdsburg, California. He is the president and a co-founder of the Wild Farm Alliance, a ten-year-old national organization that works to promote agriculture systems that support and accommodate wild nature.

Between 1990 and 1995, Dan worked at Esprit International, where he was communications director for a team at the forefront of environmental product design. He received a B.A. in International Relations from Allegheny College and an M.A. in International Affairs from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

He lives on a small homestead farm in Northern California.

Entries by Dan Imhoff

The World Bank Must Commit to Food Security

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 12:32 PM

The World Bank convenes its Annual Meeting this week in Washington DC to discuss how it can best raise the standard of living for the world's poorest inhabitants. Much will be said about bringing roads, electricity and infrastructure to underdeveloped regions. But how committed is the World Bank to the...

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Bag the Ag Gag Bills

(20) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 1:55 PM

When might it be punishable to report a criminal activity? When it takes place inside a poultry warehouse, slaughterhouse, or on a cattle feedlot. That's the upshot of a new wave of so-called "ag-gag" bills passed in state legislatures around the nation, the latest of which, AB 343, was introduced...

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Four Ways the Farm Bill Makes Me Crazy

(30) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 5:45 PM

The Farm Bill is a 700-page hodgepodge of laws, regulations, guidelines and payouts covering all manner of U.S. agriculture, conservation and nutrition programs. And by the end of September, Congress is supposed to re-authorize this mess, or some variant of it, for another five-plus years.

A rational, coherent blueprint for...

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Honoring The Food Animals On Your Plate

(557) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 3:03 PM

From the cream in our Monday morning coffee to the roast chicken at Sunday night dinner, we accrue an incalculable debt to food animals. We depend on them for nourishment. We gather festively around the cooking of a turkey or ham during holidays. Yet many people do not realize that...

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Republican Senators Take Aim at Small Farmers, Urban Consumers, and Locavores

(39) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 5:48 PM

In late April, a trio of Republican senators -- John McCain (AZ), Saxby Chambliss (GA), and Pat Roberts (KS) -- wrote an angry letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, debunking a recent USDA program called "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food." This initiative distributes grant money and...

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Feed Your Children Well

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 4:47 PM

The Child Nutrition Act is up for reauthorization by September 30. This is a federal government policy that sets the rules and standards and uses tax dollars to -- among other things -- provide a daily reimbursement for school lunches. Right now this...

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Chile's Salmon Farms Verging on Breakdown

(16) Comments | Posted July 11, 2009 | 3:37 PM

It seems like not a week goes by without industrial animal food production somehow making headlines -- the H1N1 flu pandemic, astounding meat recalls, high levels of arsenic in chicken feed, or any of a dozen other concerns. One recent story that should have generated some rather large waves, however,...

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Deep Ecology Champion Arne Naess Passes

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2009 | 7:40 AM

Amidst the euphoria swirling around this historic inauguration was the passing of Norwegian philosopher, Arne Naess, on January 13. Perhaps best known for coining the term "Deep Ecology," Naess was one of Europe's most well respected and prolific philosophers of the 20th century. His writings and lectures spanned Spinoza, the...

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Ripe for Change?

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2009 | 11:14 AM


The American public's demands for a radical new direction in the country's food and farm policy are beginning to gain some rather serious volume. It's a new year, a new administration is assembling, and the unrequited expectations of the last eight years are being...

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