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ActionAid: Agribusiness Is Devastating to Family Farmers, Rural Communities, and the Environment

For many family farmers, farming is not just a job, it’s a way of life. Family farms take care of the environment, produce healthy foods, and support strong rural families and communities. But these family farms are disappearing across the United States. Policies that supported farmers have been replaced by policies that support agribusiness, and…



New Republic: The Truth About the “Vegan Lobby”

by Emily Atkin | May 24, 2018 It has long been demonized by conservatives—and even some vegans themselves—but does it really exist? The failure of the farm bill last week was a major loss for House Republicans, the party leadership in particular, but it was also a win for Big Vegan. That’s how Congressman Steve…



No-Bull Food News: Vicious Circles – Big meat packers continue to suck the blood out of cattle industry

by Mike Callicrate | May 24, 2018 For no reason whatsoever, other than they can, the big meat packers took another $130 per head off the value of live cattle last week, leaving a decaying carcass of what’s left of the cattle industry. Few people know the history of meat packing in the U.S. and…



RSN: Landmark Lawsuit Claims Monsanto Hid Cancer Danger of Weedkiller for Decades

by Carey Gillam, Guardian UK | 23 May 18 In June, a California groundskeeper will make history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed harm of Roundup At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has…



Organic Consumers Association: Do You Know Where Your Meat Comes From?

by Ronnie Cummins | May 24, 2018 Consumers know if the tomatoes they buy in the supermarket were imported from Mexico. They know if the sweater they purchased was made in Vietnam. They also know if the chicken they toss in their grocery cart was imported from another country. Under Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)…



White Oak Pastures: From What Country Are You Buying Your Beef?

by Will Harris | May 23, 2018 To the HSUS Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Committee, Reminder – “US” in HSUS stands for “United States.” I am in hopes that this situation does not become a partisan issue (although everything else is). But, I want to call your attention to an injustice that is occurring on a…



RSN: Traumas of Dispossession: The Crisis of American Family Farming

by Kathryn M. Dudley, Jacobin | 23 May 18 We’re living through another crisis of American family farming. But don’t expect a rural revolt any time soon. Where are Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young now? A generation ago, these musicians came together to found Farm Aid in 1985 and host a star-studded benefit…



Truth Dig: The Coming Collapse

by Chris Hedges and Mr. Fish | May 20, 2018 The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the…



NY Times: A Booming Economy With a Tragic Price

by Jacqueline Williams | May 20, 2018 Australia is a breadbasket to the world and a globalization success story. So why are its farmers killing themselves? SIMPSON, Australia — James Guy had been a dairy farmer since he was 15, and at 55, he thought he’d be preparing for retirement. Instead, he struggled to make…



Huffington Post: The Farm Bill Could Be A Huge Blow To Animals

By Hilary Hanson | May 17, 2018 An amendment threatens farm animal protections, food safety laws and rules on invasive species. As Congress fights over the latest farm bill, one proposal has animal welfare and food safety advocates ― and even some farm industry groups ― sounding the alarm. They’re opposing the Protect Interstate Commerce…