Monthly archives: August, 2014

Food Freedom Task Force Takes Legislative Initiative to Build Local Food Systems

Food Freedom Task Force Takes Legislative Initiative August 19, 2014 Task force members met with industry lobbyists on April 15 in Crozet, Va. Pictured from left to right: Lindsay Reames, Eric Paulson, Brad Copenhaver, Randall Anderson, Joel Salatin and Lois Smith. Photo courtesy of The Virginia Food Freedom Task Force. The Virginia Food Freedom Task



Lincoln Journal Star: Beef checkoff fissure widens

Beef checkoff fissure widens August 20, 2014 BY NICHOLAS BERGIN / LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR A three-year undertaking to create an industrywide consensus on recommendations for overhauling the nation’s beef checkoff program could be in dire straits. The Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group, which consists of 11 national industry groups, recently produced a draft memorandum of



Open Source Farming: A Renaissance Man Tackles the Food Crisis

Dahr Jamail | Open Source Farming: A Renaissance Man Tackles the Food Crisis Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report (Photo: Dahr Jamail)Given Anthropogenic Climate Disruption and our dwindling capacities for producing enough healthy food, a cutting-edge farming technique that dramatically increases produce yields from a design engineer in Port Townsend,



The Immigration and Economic affects of NAFTA

The Immigration and Economic affects of NAFTA Posted on 18 August 2014 by Sara Haimowitz. People earning $1.15 per hour are living lives little better than the animal pulling the sanitation truck.



FSIS Comes Full Circle With Grinder Logs and Faster Tracebacks to the Source

FSIS Comes Full Circle With Grinder Logs and Faster Tracebacks to the Source By Dan Flynn | August 14, 2014 It was not so long ago that USDA meat inspectors and their supervisors didn’t even want to hear it. Ground beef from a small Miles City, MT, processor was contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, but



Farming rights vote reveals changes in Missouri

Farming rights vote reveals changes in Missouri By DAVID A. LIEB of The Associated Press Monday, August 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm Comments (11) JEFERSON CITY — Many Missouri farmers own guns. Yet the right to bear arms is more valued than the right to farm, based on Missouri’s recent election results. Voters this past



Food & Water Watch: Longtime Food & Water Watch Senior Representative Brother Dave Andrews Retires

Howdy, It has been my pleasure and honor to work with Brother Dave Andrews for many years. He is a man of many skills, and a deep and abiding sense of justice for all of God’s children. His service to family farm and ranch agriculture and a more just society as a part of the



Politico: R-CALF USA Stirs the Beef Checkoff Pot

Politico By CHASE PURDY R-CALF USA Stirs the Beef Checkoff Pot 8/13/14 5:06 AM EDT The beef industry is talking about big changes to its Beef Checkoff Program, maybe even doubling the contributions made by cattlemen. But R-CALF USA President Bill Bullard first wants more reform. Bullard created a minor stir this week after reporting



‘Outrage’ Follows USDA’s Advancement of New Genetically Engineered Crops

Thursday, August 07, 2014 by Common Dreams ‘Outrage’ Follows USDA’s Advancement of New Genetically Engineered Crops ‘We need to get off the pesticide treadmill,’ said George Naylor, farmer and Center for Food Safety Board Member by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Environmental groups warn that advancing Dow’s new genetically engineered crops means a continuation of a



WHERE IS THE BEEF? – By: J. Dudley Butler — COOL – The Segregation Cost Arguments Do Not Hold Water

WHERE IS THE BEEF? “The Segregation Cost Arguments Do Not Hold Water” By: J. Dudley Butler Some opponents of COOL seem to use the term commingling as a synonym for segregation. Nothing could be further from the truth. Meat is commingled. Cattle are segregated. COOL does not deal with live animals. It deals with the