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Politico Magazine: Amazon’s D.C. Move Threatens the Founders’ Vision for America

Illustration courtesy of JBG Smith Big government and big companies have always been separate—and the fathers of our country wanted it that way. by DAVID FONTANA | April 13, 2019 Walk down a busy street in Washington during the week and you could run into a number of powerful people—but only certain types of powerful…



WATTAgNet: Will Hormel suit outcome signal end of ‘natural’ label?

Photo by Jason Morrison | Freeimages.com Court determines company was not being deceptive with use of the word ‘natural,’ but public is learning that such a label doesn’t mean much by Roy Graber | April 15, 2019 The overuse of labels on meat and poultry products has been the topic of many discussions, and the…



Medium: Stop Trying to Vote with Your Fork

WikiCommons Courtesy of ArnoldReinhold by Sarah Mock | April 15, 2019 Why We Can’t Consume Our Way to a Better Food System Being an agriculture reporter, I hear a lot of speeches, decrees and diatribes about why people eat organic, vegetarian, or vegan, when they started avoiding gluten or dairy, or how they got turned on…



RSN: French Court Finds Bayer’s Monsanto Liable for Farmer’s Sickness

French cereal farmer Paul Francois, head of the Phyto-Victims association, attends a news conference after the verdict in his appeals trial against U.S. Monsanto firm, in Paris, France. (photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters) by Simon Carraud and Catherine Lagrange, Reuters | April 12, 2019 A French court has ruled that Monsanto was liable for the sickness of…



Green Planet FM: Darren J Doherty: Regrarians – “A deeper evolution and reconnection to the land – including biota management”

by Tim Lynch | April 4, 2019 This was a very insightful interview with a talented and gifted communicator who at heart, is deeply embedded into the land and nature. Nature is our teacher Darren as a child was influenced very much by his grandfather who had a wide ranging understanding of farming in the…



NPR: Big Ag Is Pushing Laws To Restrict Neighbors’ Ability To Sue Farms

Young hogs owned by pork industry giant Smithfield Foods gather around water at a farm in Farmville, N.C. Gerry Broome/AP Images by Leah Douglas | April 12, 2019 Every state has a “right-to-farm” law on the books to protect farmers from being sued by their neighbors for the routine smells and noise created by farming…



Washington Post: Advocates hoped census would find diversity in agriculture. It found old white people.

by Laura Reiley, Andrew Van Dam | April 13, 2019 © Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post Foster Gettys, right and Rachel Clement pick greens at the Owl’s Nest Farm. (Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post) The Agriculture Department’s newly released 2017 Census of Agriculture is 820 pages of graphs, tables and puzzling shifts (half as…



NBC News: Best advice to U.S. dairy farmers? ‘Sell out as fast as you can’

click to view Small-dairy farmers are getting squeezed out by corporate agriculture. “That is not what America is about,” a struggling farmer said. by Phil McCausland | June 30, 2018 SMITHFIELD, Ky. — All Curtis Coombs wanted was to raise cows and run his family’s dairy farm in this slice of Kentucky hill country, less…



APAC – For many down on the farm, the wolf is at the door

For many down on the farm, the wolf is at the door Tuesday, April 9, 2019 We hate to sound like the little boy who cried wolf, but for US farmers there really is a wolf out there and that wolf is called low prices. While the pain is not evenly spread across the nation…



Food & Power: Beef Packing Merger Threatens America’s Last Competitive Cash Cattle Market

by Claire Kelloway | April 11, 2019 Last month, the nation’s fourth-largest beef packer, National Beef, announced plans to take over Sysco-owned Iowa Premium, a regional packer focused on processing Black Angus steers for the Upper Midwest. National Beef is majority owned by Brazilian firm Marfrig. While this deal may seem innocuous compared to blockbuster…