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Money Talks; Hunger Doesn't

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

The tenuous economy has increased pressure on the government to reduce spending and rein in the mounting federal deficit. But not everyone is feeling the pain.

Farm Groups Form New Alliance To Fight Bad Publicity

AP | MICHAEL J. CRUMB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two dozen of the nation's largest and best-funded farm groups have formed a coalition to counter poor publicity that they say...

USDA Officially Approves Genetifically Modified Alfalfa

Barry Estabrook at The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) had approved the unrestricted planting...

Money Where Our Mouths Are

Ken Cook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ken Cook

Food and agriculture policy always comes down to money: how federal dollars will be prioritized and spent. If anyone needed reminders of this dynamic, the last year provided at least two.

Big Ag Attacks! Why Is The Government-Sponsoring Pesticide Propaganda?

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

he White House garden may be green and unsullied by agricultural chemicals, but Obama's United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just forked ove...

Wealthy Ag Lobbies Cry Poor

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Donald Carr

The idea that agribusiness lobbyists don't have the funds to properly "defend" their continuing cornucopia of taxpayer dollars does not even come close to passing the smell test.

In Farm Country, Democrats' Bitter Harvest

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

Just two years ago, Democratic political strategists defended passage of a status-quo farm subsidy bill by claiming it was essential to the survival o...

The Most Important Race You Never Heard Of

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kurt Michael Friese

One of the most important races is getting very little coverage, even though it affects every single person in my home state and indeed the US in very personal ways.

Taxpayers Funding Pro-Pesticide PR Campaign

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Donald Carr

The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF), a California trade association, wants you to have less information about pesticide residues on the fruits and...

We Can Feed the World Sustainably, Humanely

Andrew Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Gunther

Agroecological farming, which improves food production and farmers' incomes while at the same time protecting the soil, water and climate, could feed an estimated nine billion people by 2050.

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

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paula Crossfield

Originally published on Civil Eats Last week, the Department of Justice announced the panel for the second public workshop on regulation and competit...

Green News Report -- March 18, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport Now available via Stitcher Radio's way cool app! Listen on your iPhone, Android, Palm Pre and BlackBerry! IN TODAY'S RADIO...

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

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

High up on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species' agenda is a trade ban on bluefin tuna, supported by both the US and Europe.

The Obama Administration and Food, Year One

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
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.

Big Ag To Sway Ohio Voters On Treatment Of Farm Animals

Mother Jones | Kevin Drum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Ohio voters will hit the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of an agribusiness-backed proposal that would amend the state constitution and create a boar...

Pollan says health-care reform will fail unless we change the way we eat

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

First in The New York Times last week and then on NPR this weekend, Michael Pollan made that point that if we want to fix our health-care system, we h...

Animals on the Hill, and in The Hill

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

The lawmakers doing the bidding for Big Agribusiness simply don't get that the American public wants to see all animals treated humanely, including animals raised for food.

An Interview With Nick Reding, Author of Methland

Patrick Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Patrick Sauer

Oelwein is a microcosm of small town everywhere, but Methland shows that the drug abuse is a symptom, not the cause, of the deeply ingrained problems facing rural America.

Organic Dairy Farmers Boycott Stonyfield Farm, Horizon, Hood

Chelsea Green | Makenna Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This week a group of organic farmers is calling for a nationwide boycott of all H.P. Hood branded products because of what they're calling "unfair bus...

Food, Inc. Gets Rave Reviews, Big Ag Shudders

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Today, Food, Inc. debuts: it is certainly not a film to miss. Big Ag realizes that the tide is turning on the corporate control of our food system, and that their message is in jeopardy.

Food, Inc.: The Silence of the Yams

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Robbie Kenner didn't mean to make a horror film when he started working on Food, Inc.. But you can't shine a light on our food chain without exposing some ugly truths.

Sustainable Agriculture Is Pro-Technology Within a Cyclical Model

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Let's finally put to bed the binary argument that sustainable agriculture proponents are all about hand tools and hard labor for little returns. We like technology, just not technology-worship.

Green News Report - May 7, 2009 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

In Today's Audio Report: Fires and bats and bears -- Oh My!; Congress to offer Cash For Clunkers; Some Democrats side with Republicans in stalling cli...

Are Contrarians Helping or Hurting the Food Movement? Pork Op-Ed in NYT a Shill for Big Ag

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

It seems that the New York Times, in its desperation to sell papers, fell into the trap of story building over truth-finding.