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Farm Bureau Gets a Closer Look in New Report

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 1:31 PM

The latest report by the Food & Environment Reporting Network takes a look at how the American Farm Bureau Federation leads the charge against efforts to limit industrial-scale food production and has become the single most powerful farm lobby in the nation, accounting for 45 percent of all...

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New Report Reveals Possible Link Between Bladder Infections and Overuse of Antibiotics in Chicken

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 3:43 PM

Bladder inflections affect 60 percent of all American women, with a rising number resistant to antibiotic treatment. Now researchers looking into the cause of the mysterious drug resistance have found evidence that it may be coming from poultry treated with antibiotics, according to a joint investigation by the Food &...

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Cooking for Solutions: An Alternative to Chef-Provocateurs

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 4:58 PM

Chefs are artists. Good ones draw people in with their inspired plates and atmosphere-performance art meets flavor. While deliciousness at a restaurant is first and foremost, more patrons are now also making decisions about where to eat based on the values behind the food-like social justice for the workers, healthy...

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Controversial Animal Drug at the Heart of International Trade Dispute

(50) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 9:25 AM

According to recent numbers, 80 percent of antibiotics on the market today are being administered to animals, much of which is given non-therapeutically to promote growth. A new report today on by Helena Bottemiller reveals that ractopamine hydrochloride, a growth promoting drug, has become the focus of an international...

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Food Safety Visualized

(7) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 6:31 PM

A recent recall of 36 million pounds of salmonella-contaminated turkey by the company Cargill reminded Americans once again about the failings of our food safety system. While the debt deal struck earlier this month puts funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act, which passed in 2010 and will...

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Why Laying Off Ag Reporter Philip Brasher Is Bad for Food

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 5:22 PM

Well-known DC-based agriculture reporter Philip Brasher was just let go by the Des Moines Register. His reporting also often appeared in USA Today; both papers are owned by the parent company Gannett. The loss is a reflection of the climate in journalism today, in which most mainstream media...

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The EPA: Cleaning Up Crappy Water Since 1970

(11) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 10:57 PM

This is a story about crap -- literally, tons of it. Piling up in Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and being sprayed onto farm fields, animal manure is polluting the nation's waterways and is nearly impossible to regulate.

Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a

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UN: Eco-Farming Feeds the World

(154) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 12:33 PM

For years now, the most-asked question by detractors of the good food movement has been, "Can organic agriculture feed the world?" According to a new United Nations report, the answer is a big, fat yes.

The report, Agro-ecology and the Right to Food, released yesterday, reveals that small-scale...

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GM and Organic Co-Existence: Why We Really Just Can't Get Along

(39) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 1:15 PM

Originally published on Civil Eats

Last Friday, the USDA announced the partial deregulation of genetically modified sugar beets, defying a court order to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in advance of a decision. This move follows on the heels of the full deregulation late...

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Wal-Mart Promises Local Food, While Big Ag Gears Up for a Fight

(4) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 5:45 PM

Originally published on Civil Eats

Last week, Wal-Mart-the largest grocer in the world with over 8,600 stores in 15 countries, two million employees and sales of $405 billion-made news when it launched sustainable agriculture goals for the U.S. and emerging markets focused on regional food systems. The...

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The Troubled Waters of Big Ag's Academic Influence

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 3:26 PM

Originally published on

Last month, the University of Minnesota caused a stir when it decided to postpone the release of a film that focuses on the effect agriculture is having on U.S. waterways from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Troubled Waters-a film directed by Larkin...

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Kids Radically Changing the Food System

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 10:19 AM

On a recent Sunday afternoon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, over a hundred people gathered at the 6000-square foot Eagle Street Rooftop Farm to talk about the farm's newest addition: six laying hens.

The farmer, Annie Novak, put together a panel that included Bronx urban gardener Karen Washington, Owen Taylor...

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Food, Inc.'s Carole Morison to Speak at DOJ Poultry Antitrust Workshop

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 9:22 AM

Originally published on Civil Eats

Last week, the Department of Justice announced the panel for the second public workshop on regulation and competition issues in agriculture, which will take place this Friday, May 21 in Normal, Alabama. The workshop will focus on production contracts, concentration and buyer...

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A New Vision for the 2012 Farm Bill?

(10) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 9:24 AM

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN), who last year called those who spend money on organic produce "dumb," may become the unlikely champion of a Farm Bill in 2012 that could create opportunities for more sustainable farmers.

This week, the House Agriculture Committee held the...

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The Delicious Way to Take on Climate Change: Anna Lappé Talks Diet for a Hot Planet

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 9:18 AM

Anna Lappé's latest book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, investigates the intersection between the...
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Pesticide Lobbyist Gets Posted as Chief Agricultural Negotiator

(6) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 5:14 PM

Confident after his success with health insurance reform, President Obama exerted his executive power on Saturday by making fifteen appointments during the Senate's recess. Among the appointments was Islam Siddiqui, who will now be serving as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative...

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CITES, Biodiversity Loss and the Culprit: Intensive Fishing and Farming

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 9:09 AM

Governments from 175 nations are gathered in Doha, Qatar this week to discuss the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). High up on the agenda is a potential trade ban...
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Farmers Fighting for Their Health: Taking on Chemical Companies and Transitioning to Sustainable Agriculture

(3) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 4:04 PM

The Ecologist reported recently that three French farmers have successfully sued chemical companies for cancer and Parkinson's disease that resulted from their occupational use of pesticides--an issue as widespread as it is under-reported. A cereal farmer with 100,000 hectares of land in in the Vosges region, Dominque Marchal...

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Jamie Oliver at TED: On a Mission to Feed Kids Better

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 3:18 PM

This week, Jamie Oliver received a prize of $100,000 from TED, a non-profit about spreading ideas, for his efforts in bringing attention to the obesity crisis. He also gave a talk at the TED conference, which is famous for their twenty-minute videos. His talk focused on...

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Will Obama Support the Bluefin Tuna Ban?

(4) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 4:36 PM

The European Parliament agreed to support a ban on trading bluefin Wednesday, despite fears by nations like Greece, Spain, and Malta, whose fisherman would be most affected. This decision comes ahead of the next meeting in March of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species...

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