Category: General Advocacy

USA Today: He plowed his field; now he faces a $2.8 million fine

Damon Arthur, Record Searchlight 7:07 a.m. ET May 24, 2017 RED BLUFF, Calif. — A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County. A lawyer for Duarte Nursery said the case is important because

Bloomberg: There Aren’t Enough Slaughterhouses to Support the Farm-to-Table Economy

by Deena Shanker May 23, 2017, 3:00 AM MDT Sellers of high-end pork, beef, and chicken agree: there simply aren’t enough facilities to humanely and safely kill their animals. Everything at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., has a story. Servers, chefs, and farmers at the restaurant, which was recently ranked No.

Hanford Sentinel: Award-winning dairy calls it quits

Seth Nidever Staff Reporter May 9, 2017 HANFORD – Brian Medeiros sat in the office of his Hanford dairy Tuesday and let out a long sigh. On the desk was a pile of paperwork that had to be sorted through, the visual evidence of what it takes to wrap up the Medeiros and Son dairy America’s Largest Pension Fund Has Dumped a Fortune Into Monsanto Stock

By Zen Honeycutt / AlterNet May 17, 2017 Investing in a company that sells harmful products like the toxic herbicide Roundup is counter to CalPERS’ mission. I was recently informed by a former California public health employee, that CalPERS, the state’s pension and health care fund, the largest in the nation, has invested $136 million

Bloomberg BNA: As Factory Farms Spread, So Do Toxic Tort Cases

May 5, 2017 By Steven M. Sellers Large factory farms increasingly occupy rural landscapes once dotted with small family farms, and their concentrated waste has produced a wave of toxic tort litigation. Known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, the facilities confine and raise large populations of livestock. Environmentalists say these operations supply food to such

The case for breaking up the big meat packers and retailers!

Hello all, Below is a chart I recently created that shows the relationship between cattle prices and consumer beef prices. It reveals that the new “lag time” (the phenomenon whereby the drop in retail beef prices occurs sometime after a drop in cattle prices) far exceeds the historical lag time, indicating that beef packers/retailers are

The New Yorker: Exploitation and Abuse at the Chicken Plant

By Michael Grabell Case Farms built its business by recruiting immigrant workers from Guatemala, who endure conditions few Americans would put up with. By late afternoon, the smell from the Case Farms chicken plant in Canton, Ohio, is like a pungent fog, drifting over a highway lined with dollar stores and auto-parts shops. When the

Washington Post: Jon Tester could teach Democrats a lot about rural America — if he can keep his Senate seat

By Ben Terris May 2 at 8:00 AM BIG SANDY, Mont. — When Sen. Jon Tester was 9 years old, he had a job: take meat from cows slaughtered on his family’s farm and feed it into the steel maw of a meat grinder. The motor took it from there, pushing the beef through four

Washington Post: Why your ‘organic’ milk may not be organic

By Peter Whoriskey May 1 at 7:21 PM The High Plains dairy complex reflects the new scale of the U.S. organic industry: It is big. Stretching across miles of pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colo., the complex is home to more than 15,000 cows, making it more than 100 times the size of a

Forbes: California Legalized Selling Food Made At Home And Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses

by Nick Sibilla, Contributor A government official appears at a man’s door. The man has been breaking the law: He has sold bread baked at home. This isn’t a page from Kafka—it happened to Mark Stambler in Los Angeles. For decades, Stambler has followed traditional methods to bake loaves of French bread. The ingredients are