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Mark Muller

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Immigration and the Invisible Hand of Agribusiness

(4) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 1:05 PM

The calls for immigration reform by the Obama Administration and members of Congress differ largely in their emphasis. Opinions to the right emphasize border security and penalizing undocumented immigrants, while opinions to the left favor paths to citizenship and recognizing the economic benefits of immigration. Any reforms that emerge will...

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Cliff Avoided, but Democracy's Future in Question

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 6:07 PM

An incredible whirlwind of activity occurred in Washington amidst two weeks of holidays, and the happy result was an avoidance of the so-called fiscal cliff. While it's true we avoided legislative chaos, democracy took a shameful hit that sent a sobering message to policy advocates everywhere: "at the end of...

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Policymakers Are AWOL on Agricultural Challenges

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 4:54 PM

We are in the midst of the worst U.S. drought since the 1950s, and some regions are to the point of the Dust Bowl-era 1930s. As expected, prices of corn, soybeans and wheat have increased significantly, causing a rise in food prices and putting a difficult squeeze on many livestock...

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Honoring the Hands That Prepare Our Food

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2011 | 6:55 PM

In many cultures, it's common before a holiday meal to give a prayer of thanks for the food and the people that prepared it. At these times, we may think of our family members in the kitchen, or possibly the hard-working farmers we met at the farmers' market.


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Yes, Rush Limbaugh, Children Go Hungry in America

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 4:48 PM

Several years ago, after our country became sharply divided over the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Patriot Act and just about every other policy decision, I made a personal commitment to try and understand different perspectives. I read the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and I...

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You Say You Want a Food Revolution Adaptive Management?

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 5:39 PM

Jamie Oliver's reality television show efforts to start a "food revolution" in Huntington, West Va., have instigated some fascinating conversations about school meals.

Arun Gupta wrote a fascinating piece on Alternet how, in his opinion, Oliver's effort is a failure because after three weeks of serving...

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