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The Farm Subsidy Jackpot

Donald Carr | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Donald Carr

Would critics of SNAP exhibit the same level of outrage if they learned that several Roby, Texas, cotton farmers shared a $46 million jackpot in 1996 and still receive hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece in federal subsidies for years after?

Tough Love for Big Agribusiness

Alex Formuzis | Posted 04.24.2012 | Green
Alex Formuzis

Earlier this month, Environmental Working Group president Ken Cook gave some tough love to a packed room of chemical agribusiness representatives. The...

Part II: Antibiotics Injected Directly Into Eggs and Other Big Pharma Secrets

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

It was not a great surprise that the FDA's new cephalosporin livestock rules have the Agribusiness Seal of Approval. It was Big Pharma and Agribusiness lobbying that killed its stronger cephalosporin rules issued four years after.

Lawmakers Caught In Tricky Situation, Key Group Prepares For The Worst

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Promoting farm subsidies was once a no-brainer for rural members of Congress seeking re-election. This year, it's a bit trickier. As la...

John Celock

Dems Say Of GOP Immigration Proposals: 'It Is The Greatest Deal Of Hypocrisy'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics

Democrats in Kansas are describing new proposals to recruit undocumented workers for the state's agriculture industry as "hypocrisy" and "profiteering...

Mega Food Corporation Cuts 1,000 Jobs

AP | DAVID MERCER and CHRISTOPHER LEONARD | Posted 03.12.2012 | Home

DECATUR, Ill. — Agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced plans Wednesday to cut 1,000 mostly salaried jobs as it navigates...

Five Food Predictions for 2012

Andrew Stout | Posted 03.05.2012 | Home
Andrew Stout

For every step forward, the good food movement continues to face unique challenges and unforeseen resistance from the industrial food complex. Here are a few food trends we can expect to see, hear, read or eat more of in 2012.

For All of Us: Stuff a Pumpkin, Please

Kathy Stevens | Posted 01.21.2012 | Home
Kathy Stevens

Given the chance to thrive, "food" animals exhibit virtually every emotion and many behaviors some of us humans consider "ours" alone: joy, sadness, anger, impatience, contentment, jealousy, inquisitiveness, affection... and so on.

Occupy the Food System!

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

The rules and institutions governing our food system -- Wall Street, the U.S. Farm Bill, the World Trade Organization and the USDA -- all favor the global monopolies controlling the world's seeds, food processing, distribution and retail.

Ten Rescued; Ten Billion More in Need

Kathy Stevens | Posted 12.18.2011 | Impact
Kathy Stevens

For me, healing the physical and emotional scars inflicted on an animal continues to be the most deeply satisfying part of Catskill Animal Sanctuary's work.

Technology's Place in Transforming Agriculture

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business
Elizabeth McVay Greene

The distended relationship between farms and individuals is the fundamental problem in the food system we've inherited. Supply chains and the corporate cultures that house them keep information isolated.

Getting Sick on Pesticides Big Ag Can't Live Without

Alex Formuzis | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green
Alex Formuzis

Pesticides are engineered to kill living organisms by destroying the nervous system of the insects they target. They can't be good for human health either. Here's a gallery of some of the most worrisome.

No Justice for Animals

Mikko Alanne | Posted 11.22.2011 | Green
Mikko Alanne

Instead of charging a single pig factory farmer with cruelty to animals, Finnish authorities are prosecuting the two activists who made the undercover videos, which were exposed to the public.

Are Wolves the Real Killers? Feds Count Livestock Losses Differently in the Northern Rockies

Wendy Keefover-Ring | Posted 09.11.2011 | Green
Wendy Keefover-Ring

Despite their immense importance, wolves are relentlessly persecuted by the livestock industry. These producers, as we show here, inflate the numbers of livestock losses from wolves.

Agricultural Policy Should Fuel Health, Not Epidemics!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

In 2009, USDA spent more than twice as much buying meat and dairy as it did on fruits and vegetables. What that means is that the USDA used taxpayers' money to buy about $1.5 billion worth of meat and dairy.

Sustainability is for People, Too: Why We Need Fair Labor Rights in Organic Farming

Jim Cochran | Posted 07.17.2011 | Green
Jim Cochran

Our global, industrial food system is causing a slow erosion of the rich complexity that used to exist in farming communities around the world.

Face of a Giant Agribusiness

Noah Hultgren | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business
Noah Hultgren

According to some, I am a giant agribusiness -- the worst kind of factory farmer. But there's a lot more to this story than a 10-second sound bite would let on.

Farm Subsidies: A Useful Sacrifice in the Budget Debate

Patrick Sharma | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Patrick Sharma

Since being introduced to help cope with the Great Depression, farm subsidies have devolved into a hodgepodge of price supports, direct payments, insurance programs, tax loopholes and low-interest loans for wealthy farmers and agribusiness.

Watching the Future Wash Away

Donald Carr | Posted 06.13.2011 | Green
Donald Carr

Bad federal policy and intensifying storms are washing away the rich dark soils in the Midwest that made this country an agricultural powerhouse and that remain the essential foundation of a healthy and sustainable food system in the future.

Florida: Could Photo of Pigpen Get You 30 Years in the State Pen?

Scott Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Edwards

Senator Norman's misguided bill is yet another attempt to keep a tight, dark lid on the many, many wrongs being committed today by the factory farming industry.

Increasing Age of Farmers Puts Our Food System at Risk

Valerie Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Valerie Jaffee

Our food system sits on the shoulders of hundreds of thousands of farmers in their 60s and 70s who are on the cusp of retirement. When they turn in their tractors, who will replace them?

Is Big Beautiful?

Ben Grossman-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ben Grossman-Cohen

If we direct our resources toward the modes of production that most efficiently boost levels of food, and the livelihoods of the rural poor, we will meet the challenges of both production and access.

Weekly Mulch: Conservatives and Liberals Remain In Denial About Climate Change

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger The negative impacts of climate change are coming on more quickly than anyone expected. According to a new...

Resistance to Factory Pig Farming Gathers Steam

Tracy Worcester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tracy Worcester

Between 2005 and 2009, I made Pig Business by tracking US pork giant Smithfield Foods, Inc. as it swept into Poland and took advantage of cheap labor, poorly enforced environmental laws, and a government fragile in its post-communist years.

The Low-Down on Downers and the USDA

Gene Baur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Gene Baur

Now is our chance to let the USDA know that we demand that action is taken to prevent downed animals from being abused and slaughtered for human food.