Monthly archives: January, 2016

Lincoln Journal Star: Saving the hog farmer — And our ability to feed ourselves!

Lincoln Journal Star January 31,2016 Cindy Lange-Kubick: Saving the hog farmer BY CINDY LANGE-KUBICK | LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR John Hansen is wearing his state Capitol clothes. His houndstooth sport coat and his white shirt and striped tie and dressy black shoes. He has a trio of pins lined up on his lapel. The Nebraska Farmers



AlterNet: The True Inside Story of How a College Professor Sells Out to Monsanto

The True Inside Story of How a College Professor Sells Out to Monsanto Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, we now know the extent to which U.S. academics have been quietly supporting the food giant’s propaganda. By Carey Gillam / AlterNet January 30, 2016 Photo Credit: Stephen Melkisethian/Shutterstock Former University of Illinois food science



Iowa’s Raucous Trade Caucus — Tim Burrack, a “Free Trade” advocate still in the dark …

Howdy, The chickens of unfulfilled promises is coming home to roost. Since 1994, the USA has not had one break even year of balanced trade. We have amassed over $9 trillion of accumulated trade deficits. Is it any wonder our standard of living is going down? The TPP is another heaping helping of more of



JBS bonds near historic lows after chairman charged violating loan laws

JBS bonds near historic lows after chairman charged By Paul Kilby, Reuters January 27, 2016 | 4:52 pm EST Bonds issued by Brazilian meat producer JBS were scraping historic lows on Wednesday following news that prosecutors had charged its chairman with crimes against the financial system. Prices on the JBS SA 7.25% 2024s were being



The surprising truth about the ‘food movement’, By Tamar Haspel

The surprising truth about the ‘food movement’ By Tamar Haspel Columnist, Food January 26 Sales at farmers markets, the venues most closely associated with the food movement, peaked in 2007 and haven’t grown since. (Mark Moran/Associated Press) Let me ask you a question: When it comes to our food supply, what do you care about?



Defeat bill letting meatpackers own hogs — Stop China from extracting Nebraska’s resources and polluting the State!

Defeat bill letting meatpackers own hogs The Nebraska Legislature is considering a bill brought on behalf of Smithfield Foods that would allow meatpackers to feed their own hogs for slaughter (“Another push to end ban on meatpackers owning hogs,” Jan. 23 World-Herald). Family farmers and ranchers, environmentalists and others who want a truly free and



The Ballots Are Cast – Ranchers Get Screwed, By Stephen Anderson

January 1, 2016 The Ballots Are Cast – Ranchers Get Screwed By Stephen Anderson The ballots are cast, the votes are all in To identify our food, is now a global sin. The Packer cartel and the N.C.B.A., Have cleared the field and won the day. Consumers be damned, most producers too, So gird your



GMO labeling issues: Voluntary or, if mandatory, state-by-state or federal?

GMO labeling issues: Voluntary or, if mandatory, state-by-state or federal? With the Vermont GMO labeling law set to take effect July 1, 2016 and legislation prohibiting state-by-state GMO legislation and promoting voluntary labeling tied up in the US Senate, Campbell Soup Company’s January 7, 2016 announcement that it “support[s]…the enactment of federal legislation to establish



The PRIME Act: Giving the Power Back to the People, At Least When It Comes to Meat

The PRIME Act: Giving the Power Back to the People, At Least When It Comes to Meat By Christine on January 25, 2016 in Local Economy There aren’t enough federally regulated slaughterhouses anymore. For many farmers, the closest facility with an inspector onsite is a couple hours away, even if they’re only planning to sell



Big Food Makers Launch an Image Makeover for 2016

Big Food Makers Launch an Image Makeover for 2016 by Maryn McKenna It’s the new year, and we’re all just a few days into efforts to reframe our lives. That goes for parts of the food industry, too. As 2016 approached, two heavyweight agricultural organizations—the National Chicken Council, representing the poultry industry, and the U.S.