Tag: USDA

CommonDreams.org: Factory Farm Meat: Why Vegetarians, Ranchers and Conscious Omnivores Need to Unite

by Ronnie Cummins The large meat industry interests have monopolized the market by brainwashing the public into believing that cheap meat, from animals raised on brutal factory farms, is the best we can do. It’s a lie. For the first time since the advent of industrial agriculture, the federal government is considering advising Americans to




WNAX: OCM Wants OIG Investigation Into USDA Employee Exits

The Organization for Competitive Markets is concerned with the exiting of employees from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to jobs in the meat industry. OCM Executive Director Joe Maxwell says their biggest concern is with the most recent case of the inspector in charge at the Food Safety and Inspection Service Al Amanza taking a




Harvest Public Media: Farm Economy Downturn Prompts Fears Of A ‘Crisis’

By Peggy Lowe Of all the expensive machinery Tom Giessel worked during the 2017 wheat harvest, his favorite sits in the office of his home. It’s a microfilm machine, the kind found in a high school library. Giessel uses it for his work as the historian of the National Farmers Union, the nation’s second-largest farm




The Hill: Small farmers push for USDA reforms

By Sumner Park – 07/23/17 01:09 PM EDT Small farm and ranch companies and animal rights activists flew to Washington to meet with lawmakers and push for legislation they say will bring needed reforms to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At issue are mandatory USDA fees for so-called checkoff programs. Farmers and ranchers are required




R-CALF USA: Group Reflects on How It Helped Strengthen BSE Disease Safeguards for U.S. Consumers and Cattlemen

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2017 Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard Phone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa@r-calfusa.com Billings, Mont. – In the wake of the discovery of a cow in Alabama infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) that did not enter the U.S. food supply, R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement regarding his organization’s




Reason.com: Momentum Building to Cast Off USDA Checkoff Marketing Programs

by Baylen Linnekin | July 8, 2017 Two lawsuits and action in Congress indicate wasteful, unconstitutional mandates may be on their way out. Last week, a federal court in Montana handed an important victory to opponents of USDA checkoff programs. As I describe in my recent book, Biting the Hands that Feed Us, USDA checkoff




The Washington Post: The dark side of Trump’s much-hyped China trade deal: It could literally make you sick

By Caitlin Dewey | July 7 The first known shipment of cooked chicken from China reached the United States last week, following a much-touted trade deal between the Trump administration and the Chinese government. But consumer groups and former food-safety officials are warning that the chicken could pose a public health risk, arguing that China


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The Washington Post: Amish farmers square off against Big Organic in milk battle

By Peter Whoriskey | July 5 KALONA, Iowa — This small town has become a landmark in the organic-farm movement, and it has nothing to do with foodies or hippies. Instead it has been Amish farmers who, in their suspenders and wide-brimmed hats, have helped develop one of the densest clusters of organic farms in




Daily KOS: Trump Administration: Imported Meat May Be Labelled “Product of U.S.A.”

By Paul Bland for Public Justice | Friday Jun 30, 2017 · 7:45 AM MDT Your Fourth-of-July Barbeque Isn’t As American As You Thought The self-proclaimed nationalist, pro-rancher Trump Administration has decided to let Industrial Agriculture flat-out lie to meat-eating American consumers about where their food was raised. The timing of this betrayal is pretty




Food & Power: The Month In Review

Amazon to Buy Whole Foods Amazon shocked many in the food world with news two weeks ago that it plans to buy the grocery retailer Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. The news amplified concerns about Amazon’s size and growth, leading many to call for antitrust scrutiny of the deal. The deal will likely be reviewed