Month: <span>December 2018</span>

Times Herald-Record: Growing number of local dairy farms shutting down

by Judy Rife, Times Herald-Record | December 25, 2018 Seven of Orange County’s remaining 40 dairy farmers have quietly sold their herds and stopped producing milk in recent months, beginning an exodus from a storied industry that they predict will continue into the new year and beyond. “Everybody who’s milking cows is in trouble now,″…



USA Today: A school ditched processed food 7 years ago, and student lunch sales skyrocketed

by Jana Shortal | KARE-TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul | December 20, 2018 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Minneapolis Public Schools swapped processed foods for whole foods nearly seven years ago, and the district reports selling over a million more meals because of it. The change happened when Bertrand Weber, now director of the district’s Culinary and Wellness Services,…



Not too late to join our ag justice movement!

THANK YOU! We cannot say it enough, or more sincerely: We greatly appreciate your membership, donations, and support over the past year. “I extend my deepest appreciation and warmest wishes for an excellent new year to all of you. To those who have donated, thank you for your generosity. Our work would not be possible…



Alt Health Works: Whistleblower Sues Second Biggest U.S. Poultry Co., Alleges They Turn Family Farmers Into “Sharecroppers”

by Nick Meyer | December 27, 2018 In many of the world’s longest living cultures, meat is eaten far less than in mainstream society, usually just once or twice a week in stews with vegetables. But in today’s modern world, meat is an everyday thing, giving rise to a system of factory farms and corporations…



The Age: Thinking of going vegan for the new year? Think again

by Elizabeth Farrelly | December 29, 2018 Thinking of going vegan for the new year? Maybe think again. It’s likely a lot less healthy – for you and for the planet – than is commonly believed. There are three main arguments for veganism: planetary health, personal health and cruelty. All have some validity but none…



Washington Post: As a grocery chain is dismantled, investors recover their money. Worker pensions are short millions.

by Peter Whoriskey | December 28, 2018 MUNCIE, Ind. —Once the Marsh Supermarkets chain began to falter a few years ago, its owner, a private-equity firm, began selling off the vast retail empire, piece by piece. The company sold more than 100 convenience stores. It sold the pharmacies. It closed some of the 115 grocery…



Capital Press: Court backs USDA in axing GIPSA rules – Packers get green light to continue stealing from farmers and ranchers

Court backs USDA in axing GIPSA rules By CAROL RYAN DUMAS Capital Press 12.28.18 970-724-9839 Cows at a feedlot in Nebraska. A federal judge in St. Louis has rejected a lawsuit challenging the withdrawal of rules that allowed ranchers to challenge what they saw as unfair livestock prices. USDA A U.S. District Court has sided…



KRCC.org: Drought Puts A Pinch On Southern Colorado Agriculture

by Ryan Maye Handy | December 26, 2018 Colorado’s farming and ranching communities are facing a season of economic losses, after summer drought dried up grass for cattle, killed crops and kept thousands of acres from being planted. Drought in Colorado has a widespread impact on an economy where tourism and recreation play important parts,…



Food & Water Watch: Hallucinogenic Found In Meat, But The USDA Isn’t Taking Action

October 17, 2018 When banned drugs are found in random samples of meat, you would hope it would trigger an investigation of how the drugs are getting there. Instead, the USDA has been refusing to act. Why? A hallucinogenic drug, an anti-inflammatory unapproved for human use, and a potent antibiotic with potentially life-threatening side effects…



Tyson Foods Details Former CEO’s Severance Package – While farmers and ranchers go broke …

Tyson Foods Details Former CEO’s Severance Package by Marty Cook on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 5:16 pm 2 min read Tom Hayes Former Tyson Foods Inc. CEO Tom Hayes, who unexpectedly stepped down in September, will receive a severance package worth more than $6 million. Hayes will receive his annual salary of $1.2 million and…