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Are Regulations for Sustainable Fish Farming Just a Red Herring?

Posted March 23, 2011 | 14:47:00 (EST)

Last month the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued draft guidelines for deep water ocean fish farming with the stated goal of supporting sustainable practices. However, the primary purpose appears to be creating a regulatory structure to encourage rapid expansion...

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Court to Governor Martinez -- No One Is Above the Law

Posted February 2, 2011 | 21:54:28 (EST)

Emails and campaign contributions detail influence of dairy industry

Proclaiming that "No one is above the law," New Mexico's Supreme Court reinstated regulations to protect the state's drinking water from pollution by industrial dairy CAFOs -- regulations New Mexico's new governor, Susana Martinez, barred from taking effect as...

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez: Our Water's Polluted? Let Them Drink Milk!

Posted January 7, 2011 | 12:23:55 (EST)

Ending last year's pitched battle between industrial dairy's desire to avoid regulation and the public's right to clean, safe drinking water, New Mexico's new Republican governor, Susana Martinez threw out regulations intended to control the continuing discharge of poisonous dairy waste into the state's water supplies. According to...

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The Ag Hearings Are Over -- Is That All There Is?

Posted December 16, 2010 | 15:11:29 (EST)

There was excitement in the sustainable food community and trepidation among at least some Agribusiness CEOs back in 2009 when Attorney General Eric Holder and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a year-long public look at antitrust issues in farming and food production. Those hearings, or workshops as the agencies called...

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Should School Lunch be Free for All? Janet Poppendieck Thinks So

Posted December 2, 2010 | 22:39:34 (EST)

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The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids (HHFK) Act, the latest long-overdue reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs that provide free or reduced cost breakfasts and lunches for more than 31 million school children, is finally headed for the president's desk to be signed into law. As...

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Factory Farm v. Historic Preservation

Posted September 26, 2010 | 21:58:49 (EST)

Idaho judge ignores a centennial affront to the descendants of Japanese farmers

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Traveling to a WWII internment camp

Maureen Dowd's New York Times column this month on the threat development poses to a Civil War historic site where President Lincoln...

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Ninety Years On - Will the Feds Finally Break Up the Meat Monopoly?

Posted August 30, 2010 | 11:35:06 (EST)

In 1919 the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported to President Woodrow Wilson on a months-long investigation that produced seven volumes of evidence related to anti-competitive practices in the meat packing industry, at that time dominated by the "Big Five" companies Armour, Swift, Morris, Wilson and Cudahy Packing. That investigation...

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Dairy Farmers Ask Feds to Fix a Broken System

Posted July 7, 2010 | 18:48:57 (EST)

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) held another joint public hearing on anti-trust issues in farming on June 25 in Madison, Wisconsin. This hearing -- the third of five scheduled for this year -- focused on...

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From Bush Legs to Bad Business Practices - It's Been a Busy Week for Poultry

Posted June 24, 2010 | 11:13:56 (EST)

It's been quite a week for US poultry. On Tuesday the USDA issued proposed rules to clarify the meaning of "unfair business practices" under the almost 90-year-old federal Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act.

According to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the purpose of the proposed rules is...

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US Supreme Court Rules Farmers May Sue Over Harms Caused by GMOs

Posted June 21, 2010 | 22:47:23 (EST)

Today, in its first ruling on genetically modified seeds, the US Supreme Court firmly established that farmers can seek injunctions or other forms of relief from federal courts when their crops are threatened with infection by these GMOs.

This lawsuit revolves around Monsanto's Roundup Ready Alfalfa. After the USDA approved...

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Chicken Farmers Describe a System of Extortion and Economic Slavery

Posted May 21, 2010 | 17:56:20 (EST)

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At the May 21st hearing, attorney General Eric Holder was urged to enforce federal antitrust laws on behalf of contract poultry growers who raise flocks like this one. While these growers raise most of the nation's chicken, they have don't own the birds...

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Farmers to DOJ -- "Break up Big Ag"

Posted March 16, 2010 | 19:47:33 (EST)

Monsanto does not have the right to dictate the value of my life
-Joel Greeno

While farmers were the star of the show at last Friday's antitrust hearing in Ankeny, Iowa, the debate over the monopolization of farming is one where all of our interests are squarely at stake....

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