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The March to Stop Monsanto: Taking Back Our Food, Our Farms, Our Democracy and Our Planet

(426) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 1:30 PM

The march to stop Monsanto is one of the most pressing issues of our time. As a single company, Monsanto is the tip of the iceberg representing the threat that unchecked corporate power has in corrupting our democratic institutions, driving family farmers off the land, threatening human health and contaminating...

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What Will You Do for the Revolution? Prop 37, D-Day for the Food Movement

(68) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 3:40 PM

For the past 50 years there's been a growing awareness about the relationship between the land, agriculture, chemicals, food, health and the environment. Even before Rachel Carson penned The Silent Spring, Albert Howard and J. I. Rodale discovered the virtuous circle of organic and sustainable agriculture and the dynamic relationship...

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20 Years of GMO Policy That Keeps Americans in the Dark About Their Food

(83) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 11:34 AM

Dan Quayle and Michael Taylor's nightmare lives on

Popular resistance is boiling over on the GMO labeling issue, as the New York Times reported last week in a front-page story.

More than a million people have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for mandatory labeling of...

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Obama Campaign Stop at Factory Farm Propaganda Site, Billed as 'Grassroots Event'

(9) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 5:24 PM

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama returned to Iowa for an official "grassroots event" at the Iowa State Fair in an effort to fire up his base in the state where he unexpectedly won the first in the nation caucus in 2008, launching him on the road to the White House....

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Occupy Iowa Caucus: A Democrat "Uncommitted" in 2012 or Why I Won't Caucus for Obama a Second Time

(44) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 4:08 PM

Right now all eyes are once again on Iowa. While the 2012 Republican candidates are scrambling to make last minute efforts to get ahead in the polls, another movement is in full swing to make...

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If You Eat, You Better Occupy Wall Street

(54) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 5:03 PM

The recent carnage to the American people's way of life began more than 30 years ago when the Reagan administration crafted deliberate policies that stopped enforcement of antitrust laws at the Department of Justice, encouraged an orgy of corporate mergers and launched a three decade assault on common...

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If You Eat, You Better Get GIPSA

(17) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 8:01 PM

Open, transparent and competitive markets are allegedly the bedrock of the American free market system. The idea that any individual can go to market and sell their goods and not face discrimination, be forced to sign unfair contracts or experience deceptive practices is enshrined in more than 235 years of...

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Politics, Farmers And Change: The End Of Rural America

(50) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 11:10 PM

This week President Obama returned to Iowa, where he launched his successful bid to the White House, to speak about "jobs and economic security" in rural America. According to the White House, his bus tour is not a campaign trip, but veteran political observers...

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Ag Gag 2011: What Does Agribusiness Have to Hide in Iowa?

(25) Comments | Posted May 29, 2011 | 5:46 PM

If Iowa is considered the belly of the beast of industrial agriculture, then the Iowa state capitol is the part of the animal that drains the swamp. After all, Iowa is the place where Iowa legislators have made it possible to produce 11.3 hogs per person annually and...

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Iowa Governor 2010: Who Will Be the Worst Environmental Governor of the 21st Century?

(6) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 1:04 PM

A few weeks ago Iowa's Republican gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad opened his state's longest festering political sore when he responded to a question asked by a family farmer on a campaign stop if, as governor, he would improve the state's regulatory policies regarding industrial animal confinements.

According to the

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Half a Billion Eggs, DeCoster, Factory Farms and Consolidation: The View From Iowa

(10) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 12:12 PM

For most Americans the current egg recall of seems like another strange accident. When people wake up in the morning they don't spend a lot of time thinking about where their food comes from. As massive food safety outbreaks like the half a billion DeCoster egg recall become more common...

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Farmers Look for Justice in the Poultry Industry

(26) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 3:17 PM

Farmers Met with Fear, Threats, Intimidation and Hope in Alabama

For America's remaining 30,000 poultry growers, the Department of Justice and USDA's joint workshop on competition in the poultry industry held last Friday in Normal, Alabama has been a long time coming. For some, it arrived too late....

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DOJ's Holder calls for Historic Era of Antitrust Enforcement in Agriculture

(4) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 3:34 PM

Once again rural America stands on the Edge of Hope

Ankeny, IA - There are moments in a nation's history that define it. For America's remaining 2 million farmers (less than 1% of the population) and the more than 300 million eaters, the recent joint Department of Justice and Department...

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USDA Allows Meat In Schools that Doesn't Meet Fast Food Chains' Standards

(15) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 10:53 AM

How is it that the United States can put a man on the moon, but can't seem to feed its children school lunches that are no healthier than the food served at McDonald's or Jack in the Box?

In the past 10 years, more than 23,000 children have become sick...

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So You Want Health Care Reform? Boycotting Whole Foods Won't Help

(23) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 3:43 PM

The health care reform debate has provoked any number of crazy opinions, including the far-right fantasies of death panels or that Medicare isn't a government-funded program. Two weeks ago, Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey added his own musings to the list with an editorial in the...

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