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Agricultural Policy

S4S Celebrates a Wonderful Team -- A Tribute to Grace Bennett

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

In only one year, Schools for Sustainability (S4S) has cultivated a beautifully dynamic team. We honor diversity as we attract support from members ...

Agriculture Industry Fights For 'Right To Farm' In Midwest

AP | David A. Lieb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It coul...

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

OECD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
OECD

Global food demand is rising so fast that farmers are beginning to have trouble keeping up. Projected world population growth, coupled with the new eating habits of a rising middle class, are likely to continue putting pressure on prices and boosting farm income levels for years to come.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

Ken Ash | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ken Ash

'Business as usual' is not an option either if the global food and agriculture system is to meet the planet's food, feed and fuel needs amidst competing demands for water, land and biodiversity resources and the uncertain impacts of climate change.

Strawberry Pesticide Linked To Low Birth Weight, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.23.2013 | Green

Salinas Valley, Calif., women living within three miles of pesticide-treated fields gave birth to smaller than average babies, according to a recent s...

Saving the Earth, Saving Tax Dollars: The Case for Conservation Compliance

Larry Schweiger | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green
Larry Schweiger

As it restructures America's farm programs, Congress should act to require conservation compliance for anybody receiving government-subsidized crop insurance. It's simply a matter of common sense.

Pure Food, Pure Love

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.24.2012 | Home
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Happy Food Day! Today we might take a wakeful moment to give thanks to Mother Earth for nourishing us and our families over the centuries. It is a great day to consider what we put into our bodies and to take particular notice of the beautiful domino effect of supporting local food systems.

Senate Bill Creates Unlikely Divide

Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

By JIM ABRAMS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — For once, it's not Democrats battling Republicans. The five-year farm and food stamps bill now b...

Working Kids... to Disability and Death

Bruce Lesley | Posted 07.04.2012 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

According to a report in the Journal of Pediatrics, approximately 26,650 youth are injured on farms every year. Of these injuries, more than 3,700 require hospitalization. Now, passing the CARE Act is even more important.

Four Ways The Farm Bill Can Make You Crazy

Dan Imhoff | Posted 06.02.2012 | Home
Dan Imhoff

A rational, coherent blueprint for a healthy national food supply might be too much to ask. But after years of studying the Farm Bill, I'd be thrilled to see a dent made in four of its most glaring conflicts of purpose.

Eco Etiquette: What Would Health Care Repeal Mean For The Environment?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.28.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at eco.etiquette@gmail.com. Questions may be edited for length and clarity. What's the Green stance o...

Can We Change Where Our Food Comes From?

The New York Times | Posted 01.03.2012 | Green

I’m not a jingoist, but I’d prefer that more of my food came from America. It’d be even better, really, if most of it came from within a few hun...

World Food Prize Recognizes Leadership in Agriculture, but More Policy Support Is Needed to Feed the World's Hungry

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 12.07.2011 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Policymakers around the world need to step up their efforts to combat hunger, malnutrition, and poverty by providing greater support for agriculture.

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.

What Bill Clinton's Mea Culpa Should Mean

Ruth Messinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ruth Messinger

President Bill Clinton said at a recent Senate hearing that he regrets the impact in Haiti of the free trade policies that became a hallmark of his presidency.

Growing Businesses in African Soil

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

It's in our own self-interest to jump start agricultural development with the goal of creating markets for ourselves.

Of California, Fairgrounds and Things I Can't Afford to Buy Given the Current Budget Situation

Rose Hayden-Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rose Hayden-Smith

Talk about selling fairgrounds? If we value the future of agriculture in California, this is not a dare any of us should be willing to take.

What a New 'New Deal' Should and Should not Include for Agriculture and Rural America

Thomas Dobbs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Dobbs

In building 'green' infrastructure, Obama should abandon the misguided federal mandates and subsidies for ethanol and focus on infrastructure for renewable energy sources.

To Trim Government Fat (and Fix Food Production), Look No Further Than Our Bloated Farm Policy

Jeremy Jacquot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeremy Jacquot

You don't need to be a Michael Pollan devotee to appreciate how thoroughly dysfunctional our agricultural policy is.