Monthly archives: January, 2018

RCALF: Colorado Lawmakers Reject Effort to End Deceptive Food Labels

R-CALF USA For Immediate Release: January 30, 2018 Corrected: Colorado Lawmakers Reject Effort to End Deceptive Food Labels Denver, Colo. – On Monday the Colorado General Assembly’s House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources heard testimony from dozens of Colorado cattle ranchers and Colorado consumers stating that multinational meatpackers and retailers were deceptively applying

WSJ: A Portrait of Poverty in America: Job Insecurity and Payday Lending

posted 1/26/18 Many families in Tchula, Miss., struggle to make ends meet with a patchwork of jobs and high-interest loans. Community leaders and the town’s only bank try to help, but the cycle of despair isn’t easily broken. Photo: Clara Ritger/The Wall Street Journal

Virginia Food Freedom: They are Rounding Up the Raw Milk Drinkers

Twin bills in the Virginia legislature, SB 962 by Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-26) and HB 825 by Del. Barry Knight (R-81) are the first steps in destroying the very farm operations that allow people to access cream line raw milk ( farm fresh, unpasteurized, unhomogenized). In the 1950’s it was common to purchase raw milk

Why would the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association trust their life savings with these crooks?

Farm and Food File: Fifth Avenue cowboys by Alan Guebert Maybe it’s a sign of our fast-changing times, but paradox and irony seem as common today as lunch and supper. For example, the world’s largest taxi company, Uber, owns no taxis and the world’s second largest air force is the U.S. Navy. The same is

Civil Eats: ‘Eat Less Meat’ Ignores the Role of Animals in the Ecosystem

by Ariel Greenwood | 01.26.18 A grazier argues that this popular sentiment misses the point, and distracts us from the opportunity to adopt a diet that will restore ecosystems while nourishing people. Given the concerns over resource-intensive industrial meat production, you’d think the resounding message would be, “don’t buy cheap meat, buy good meat.” Instead,

Food & Power: Big Beef Targets Virginia Ranchers With Bigger Checkoff Tax

Did someone forward you this newsletter? Get your own copy by subscribing here. Big Beef Targets Virginia Ranchers With Bigger Checkoff Tax Virginia State Senator A. Benton Chafin last week introduced a bill that would significantly hike “checkoff” taxes that cattle growers in the state must pay. The move follows efforts in other states—including recently

ROTTEN exposes a deeply corrupt and broken food system

Just finished the last episode of ROTTEN. This is the best documentary on food yet. ROTTEN exposes a deeply broken and corrupt food system serving only the powerful global food companies. Unlike most food documentaries, it brings out the dark side of human nature, even the farmers themselves, and the impossible difficulty farmers, catchers, etc.

Press Release: CPA on Clothes Washer/Solar Tariffs

For Immediate Release January 23, 2018 Administration Fights Back Against Predatory Capitalism in Clothes Washer/Solar Safeguard Tariff Cases Washington ~ The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) applauds the Trump Administration’s decision yesterday to impose safeguard tariffs on imports of solar panels and clothes washers. “America invented solar cell technology,” said Michael Stumo, CEO of

Salinas Journal: Brant’s Meat Market owners say government regulations forced them out of business

by Jean Kozubowski Salina Journal | January 19, 2018 LUCAS — Because of a federal regulation now being enforced, Friday was the last day Brant’s Meat Market in Lucas was open. U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors have suddenly been enforcing a requirement for documentation that’s been on the books since 2000, Rep. Troy Waymaster, R-Bunker

Daily Yonder: Pork, political sway and provoked communities

By Brian Bienkowski | January 19, 2018 Rural neighbors join forces against giant hog farms. But in state capitols, money talks. Sue George’s home is pure country charm. She shows me an enormous Norwegian pot that looks like a witch-cauldron hanging from her ceiling. We’re in a throwback country kitchen—complete with decorative plates and antique