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Is Monsanto The Enemy Of Family Farmers?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 06.01.2014 | Taste
Elizabeth Kucinich

Monsanto is cozying up to the reputation, authenticity and wholesomeness of family farmers -- and hoping the all-American nostalgia many associate with the small scale farmer rubs off on them.

The Peterson Farm Bros' Beef With Chipotle (Part 2): The Definition Of A Family Farmer

Greg Peterson | Posted 05.20.2014 | Food
Greg Peterson

Thankfully, new technology such as larger equipment, GPS precision farming, and automated processes have allowed for farmers to farm more acres and raise more livestock per farmer, which has allowed agricultural production to thrive in recent years

The Peterson Farm Bros' Beef with Chipotle (Part 1)

Greg Peterson | Posted 05.12.2014 | Food
Greg Peterson

I'm certain that Chipotle is doing a lot of positive things with their "food with integrity" approach and to be clear, I do agree with the general ideals Chipotle claims they are supporting. What I don't agree with is Chipotle's definitions of family farmers, humanely raised animals, and ethical behavior.

What We Can Learn From Family Farmers In The United States

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 01.27.2014 | Food
Danielle Nierenberg

On Thanksgiving we express gratitude for the abundance on our holiday tables, but rarely do we thank the people who grew, harvested, and processed that food.

The Real Stuff of Farming as a Way of Life

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Walmart sells one fifth of America's food. Big Ag, made of the likes of Walmart, is in the halls of Congress and government, drafting the farm bill. It takes courage, luck, and grit to think of agriculture and, actually, farm.

Democracy and Farming

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I proposed to my working group we forget the agrotoxins and address instead the burning social and political issues of how we could make agriculture sustainable once again. I understood "sustainable" to mean friendly to the small family farmers and to the natural world.

Centuries-Old Ohio Farms Are Inspiring In Their Dedication To Preserving History

Posted 10.28.2013 | Good News

Family farms are much more than just a slice of the past. They may also be one of the keys to a brighter, greener future -- and nothing proves their t...

Woman Goes From Nanny To Co-Founder Of World's Largest Wild Rice Producer

Posted 10.23.2013 | Good News

What's the recipe for a successful business these days? If Barbara Mattaliano's story is anything to go by, it's complete and total commitment to a...

Eight Mini-Stories Of Family Farmers Nourishing The World -- And More

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 12.21.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Farmers aren't just farmers. They're business women and men, innovators and teachers, entrepreneurs and stewards of natural resources. With the support of research institutions, donor communities and eaters, family farmers have the power to nourish both people and the planet.

Government Shutdown Harms Family Farms

Scott Marlow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Scott Marlow

Farmers are doing their jobs. USDA did their jobs. Now Congress, by not doing their job, may be costing more 1,400 farmers their farms. Farmers are finding themselves in this last-hope situation because of many factors, often not under their control.

It's Time to Stand Up With Family Farmers

Willie Nelson | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Willie Nelson

Today, as the minutes tick down to another farm bill deadline, people in towns and cities everywhere are taking matters into their own hands. They're standing up with family farmers and insisting on food that is best for them and their families.

Where Did All the Farmers Go?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Michael Rosenblum

Sometimes you get a confluence of things you read that give you a new insight into the way things work.

A Pasta Story

Daniel Klein | Posted 08.06.2013 | Taste
Daniel Klein

Heirloom grains grown through biodynamic farming creates a pasta that is delicious and nutritious

Civilization Shift

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Large landowners and agribusinesses in the West have been corrupting the county, state, and federal governments. They siphon off billions of dollars of public subsidies while they cannibalize the family farmers and wreck the communities and ecology of rural America.

Fighting for Family Farmers

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.01.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Family farmers have been and will always continue to be critical to national and global food security. Food Tank will be featuring posts focused on the issues and innovations critical to family farmers around the world, as well as actions everyone can take to support them.

Jason Cherkis

GOP Congressman Who Voted Against Sandy Relief Favors U.S. Subsidies For Relatives

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Superstorm Sandy ravaged huge swaths of the U.S. East Coast, killing more than 130 people, causing at least $62 billion in damage and tu...

Now Here's an Idea -- What if the GOP Was Really Conservative?

Linda Buzzell | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Linda Buzzell

The GOP no longer seems to care about what the majority of Americans might think or want, including their own base.

Gratitude for Farmers and the Farmland That Provide for Us

Leah Mayor | Posted 02.02.2013 | Green
Leah Mayor

Through consistent and deliberate year-round work, farmers provide us with the makings of our holiday traditions. They grow the flowers that adorn our tables, the wreaths on our doors, and the Christmas trees that are a centerpiece for many families.

Dave Jamieson

Ag-Friendly Dems Join GOP In Opposing Child Labor Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have stepped up their efforts to block new rules from the Obama administration that would limit the work kids can do on farm...

Labels Matter! What's in Your Compost & Your Food?

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 02.19.2012 | Food
Annie Spiegelman

Ready to get genetically engineered foods labeled in your supermarket? You've come to the right place!

Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

2011-09-14-womenfarmers.jpgThe 30 women profiled in this book share a common vision for what constitutes a sustainable food system.

If You Eat, You Better Get GIPSA

Dave Murphy | Posted 11.07.2011 | Food
Dave Murphy

The GIPSA rules would create a fair marketplace for farmers to sell their livestock without fear of retaliation from packers and integrators, require packers to maintain written records over price deviations and prevent undue preferences.

Face of a Giant Agribusiness

Noah Hultgren | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business
Noah Hultgren

According to some, I am a giant agribusiness -- the worst kind of factory farmer. But there's a lot more to this story than a 10-second sound bite would let on.

Over-Regulating Small Farms Doesn't Make Food Safer

Fedele Bauccio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Fedele Bauccio

Food is never completely sterile. But the importance of supporting our nation's small farmers outweighs far smaller food safety risks.

It's Time We Take the "For Sale" Sign Off the Capitol Lawn

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

When candidates have to raise millions of dollars just to run a competitive campaign, they're going to turn to wealthy donors, and the voice of the everyday American isn't going to be heard.