Why would anyone feed arsenic to chickens? Last week, a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future provided further evidence of the risks associated with arsenicals in animal agriculture. It's an entirely unnecessary threat to public health.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has hundreds of scientists and dozens of laboratories devoted to serving large farmers. The country's 65 public agricultural universities do the bidding of large farmers.
Salatin advised us all to start growing something -- anything, even on a small patio or windowsill. If we can't grow anything, he said, then we should come to the farmers markets and buy from our local farmers.
The recent debate among food writers on the NYT and Grist magazine highlighted a glaring problem, one that concerns not only our food system but also our advocacy for a better one: The middle is going missing, and no one's speaking up for it.