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Kathleen Merrigan

The Audacity of Hope Springs Eternal

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

After roughly six decades of being the US Dept. of Agribusiness, Kathleen Merrigan is trying to put the culture back in agriculture.

80-Plus Groups Urge FDA, USDA to Change U.S. Position on Food Labeling

Naomi Starkman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Naomi Starkman

A proposed U.S. policy on food labeling would create major problems for American producers who want to label their products as free of genetically modified or engineered ingredients.

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

Dan Imhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Imhoff

Why don't the Senators want us to know our farmers or care about where our food comes from? Maybe it's because they are clinging to the decades-old "Get Big or Get Out" story line.

Another Assault on the SOLE Food Movement

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

Causing no end of difficulties in our national discourse is the steadfast belief held by both the right and the left that everything is either right o...

The Future of Farming And Food: Corporate Culture Infiltrates Eco Farm

Makenna Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Makenna Goodman

Mother Earth wasn't the only thing watering the soil at Eco Farm 2010. Big business, too, came to rain on the parade.

The Obama Administration and Food, Year One

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paula Crossfield

A year after Obama's election, advocates hoping for deep improvements in our food system can point to only a few successes, while other policies that could lead to food insecurity are brewing in back rooms.

USDA Launches Local Foods Blitz, Bans Fried Foods and Donuts in Cafeteria for a Day

Samuel Fromartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Samuel Fromartz

I don't usually get calls from the deputy secretary of the USDA, but there Kathleen Merrigan was on the phone. She talked about the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food campaign that launched this week.

Kathleen Merrigan, Vilsack's Number Two, Is A Sustainable Food Pro | Photograph by | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

What a difference a few months make. Advocates of sustainable agriculture are now ecstatic about President Obama's decision to appoint Kathleen Merrig...