Month: <span>March 2019</span>

Axios – A country of Monopolies

A country of monopolies March 30, 2019 Chris Petersen with his hogs. Photo: Steve LeVine/Axios CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — Chris Petersen, a third-generation hog farmer who says "I bleed rural" and tears up at the fate of family and friends, has found a way to keep his small holding going, and avoid the exodus that…



Des Moines Register: EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Warren lays out plan to target corporate agriculture, support family farms

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks in Des Moines on Jan 5, 2019 on her first swing through Iowa. Kelsey Kremer, kkremer@dmreg.com by Brianne Pfannenstiel and Kim Norvell, Des Moines Register | March 27, 2019 Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is taking aim at some of the nation’s largest agribusiness companies, such as Tyson and Bayer-Monsanto, continuing her…



Washington Monthly: Meet the New Trustbusters

Break ‘em up: Senators and presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Amy Klobuchar have all made noise about reviving antitrust enforcement. These 2020 Democratic contenders want to take on modern monopolies. Will voters get behind them? by Eric Cortellessa This much can be said for Democrats heading into 2020: if their candidate manages to…



Bloomberg: Warren Takes Aim at Farm Programs That Brought You ‘Got Milk?’

Federally mandated program rigged against family farms: Warren Warren Takes Aim at Farm Programs That Brought You ‘Got Milk?’ By Lydia Mulvany March 27, 2019, 4:57 PM EDT Corrected March 28, 2019, 11:29 AM EDT · Payments into checkoffs should be voluntary, candidate says Elizabeth Warren Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg As part of her presidential platform,…



Food Tank: Rallying the Troops: Farmers Around the U.S. Head to Iowa to Call for Better Agricultural Policy

Farmers Bill of Rights Rally, which takes place on March 30, 2019, in Storm Lake, Iowa. The rally, which starts at 10:30 a.m. (CST) at Storm Lake High School Rallying the Troops: Farmers Around the U.S. Head to Iowa to Call for Better Agricultural Policy If you hear Joe Maxwell tell it, every presidential candidate…



Bipartisan Demand for Checkoff Reform Renewed with Filing of U.S. Senate Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2019 Bipartisan Demand for Checkoff Reform Renewed with Filing of U.S. Senate Legislation WASHINGTON, D.C. – Common ground was found among unlikely allies again as the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act was reintroduced by U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Elizabeth Warren,…



FERN’s Ag Insider: In new ag platform, Warren pledges to take on Big Ag

In new ag platform, Warren pledges to take on Big Ag By Leah Douglas, March 27, 2019 Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced her agriculture policy platform Wednesday, three days before she is set to participate in a Democratic presidential candidates’ forum in rural Iowa. The platform calls for curtailing consolidation in agriculture by breaking up big…



New Food Economy: Restaurants to eaters: Please, for the love of god, stop using Seamless

by Ellen Wiessner When Teddy Roland took the big step of expanding beyond his taco truck to a six-stool restaurant in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, in late 2014, it was clear that he needed to encourage delivery business. So he not only put a menu and ordering page on his website, he started signing up for…



Civil Eats: Calculating the Hidden Cost of Industrial Farming

by Dan Mitchell It is nearly impossible to calculate the real costs and benefits—including the externalized or invisible costs—of any human activity: growing soybeans, making car tires, cooking dinner for your family. When growing soy, for example, it’s easy enough to calculate the total price paid for inputs like fertilizer or pesticides and the price…



Drovers: Dairy: A Case Study for Fake Meat

by Will Coggin | March 22, 2019 The opinions in this commentary are those of Will Coggin, the managing director of the Center for Consumer Freedom. To say that history often repeats itself is an understatement when it comes to the plant-based foods revolution. Identity crises, labeling issues, and spats with technology abound. For everyone…