Month: <span>October 2018</span>

Harvest Public Media: Rural Americans Are Now The Largest Slice Of Federal Food Aid Recipients

Howdy, and Wow! Click on the highlighted link below to hear this important story. It makes clear that rural people are using food assistance programs at a faster rate than are their urban cousins. Everyone, especially rural people, should stop to wonder why that might be. When the world’s most productive and efficient food producing…



New Food Economy: America cannot eat without immigrant food workers. These are their stories.

by New Food Economy | October 29th, 2018 A new series from The New Food Economy. Update, 4:42 p.m., EST: According to the Associated Press, the Department of Defense (DOD) has said it will send 5,200 active-duty troops to the border this week, to “harden” it against the approaching migrant caravan. The story is still…



Des Moines Register: Sustainable agriculture is not enough; we need regenerative agriculture

by Robert Riley, Iowa View contributor | Dec. 8, 2017 Iowa is a thermonuclear-powered photosynthetic manufacturing machine for calories and BTUs. This is how I have thought of the agricultural industry in Iowa for many years, but it really started millions of years ago. Not just a few, but 350 million years ago. This is…



The Conversation: Why cows are getting a bad rap in lab-grown meat debate

by Alison Van Eenennaam | October 24, 2018 A battle royal is brewing over what to call animal cells grown in cell culture for food. Should it be in-vitro meat, cellular meat, cultured meat or fermented meat? What about animal-free meat, slaughter-free meat, artificial meat, synthetic meat, zombie meat, lab-grown meat, non-meat or artificial muscle…



ABC: Soaking up Australia’s drought

by Winsome Denyer | October 29, 2018 Is Natural Sequence Farming the secret to restoring our water-starved continent? For more than a decade, two farmers have shown that parched landscapes can be revived. And finally Canberra’s listening. When Tony Coote was buried in August on his beloved property, Mulloon Creek Natural Farms, his mischievous sense…



Beef Magazine: EU passes new antibiotic legislation

October 26, 2018 European Parliament backs plans to halt spread of drug resistance from animals to humans. The European Parliament adopted Oct. 25 plans to limit the use of antibiotics on farms in the European Union in order to keep food free from resistant bacteria. According to an announcement from Parliament, veterinary medicines must not,…



The Conversation: Yes, eating meat affects the environment, but cows are not killing the climate

by Frank M. Mitloehner | October 25, 2018 As the scale and impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, meat is a popular target for action. Advocates urge the public to eat less meat to save the environment. Some activists have called for taxing meat to reduce consumption of it. A key claim underlying these…



Hackaday: Will John Deere Finally Get Their DMCA Comeuppance?

by Jenny List | February 11, 2018 When it comes to activism, there are many different grades of activist aside from the few who you may encounter quietly and effectively working for change in their field. There are the self-proclaimed activists who sit in their armchairs and froth online about whatever their Cause is, but…



New Food Economy: StarKist agrees to plead guilty in tuna price-fixing conspiracy

by Kate Cox | October 18th, 2018 A total of six charges have resulted from this federal investigation. And the pleas (and lawsuits from major retailers) have kept coming. The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday announced that StarKist Co. has agreed to plead guilty to a one-count felony charge for its role in a…



Bloomberg: A Private Equity Veteran Wants to End Animal Factory Farming

by Paul Tullis | October 15, 2018 Jeremy Coller is educating investors about the environmental impact of large-scale meat production. The first investor network dedicated to alerting the financial community of the risks and opportunities stemming from intensive livestock production has seen its assets under management nearly double in the past five months, to $9…