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Digest – Commentary: Farm Bill compromise derided, vets and neighbors hate CAFOs, Kleckner op-ed

"A Deal With the Devil": The Center for Rural Affairs staff have been practically live-blogging the Senate Farm Bill fight all day long on their Blog for Rural America. They decided to call Reform's time of death at about 4:30 p.m. with this blistering press release, which denounces the deal...

Digest – News: GM corn could harm river ecosystems, microwaveable food safety, conservation coalition

Whoopsy, guess we forgot to test for that: An Indiana University study suggests that Bt corn, the widely planted genetically engineered corn, could harm aquatic ecosystems by killing insects that fish commonly feed on. The study also shows that parts of Bt corn can travel as far as 2,000 meters away from...

Digest – Commentary & Blogs: Immigration bill, Alice Waters on “The View,” annals of pork

COMMENTARY Pick this legislation, Senator: Why Congress should pass a bill known as AgJobs, a bipartisan measure with broad support in the farm industry and among farmworker organizations. (New York Times) Stamp of disapproval: An editorial on food safety begins by recounting the failure of a simple...

Digest Farm & Rural: Farm Bill ad, organic dairy roundabout

This Digest is contributed by our friends at the Center for Rural Affairs. Farm Bill TV: Oxfam and coalition partners have released a "Farm Bill Reform" television ad in which the hero of the 30-second piece is the American family farmer. The villain? A millionaire subsidy recipient. (YouTube) Who...

I bought a quarter of a pig

My search for a supply of sustainable meat is now ended, successfully. Pictured below is a quarter of a pig that is now in my freezer. I had been calling around town and emailing people, trying to find someone who raises pigs in a sustainable manner. I found a few expensive shops that I could't possibly...

Getting to the heart of state meat inspection law

OK, I admit that I was just looking for an animal body part reference for that title. I am under no illusions that this post will get to the heart of much of anything. I am not an expert on state-inspected meat processing (though if it gives me any leverage, I have been inside a number of state-inspected...

Digest – News: Farm Bill languishing, we have a beef with Boxer, more Aurora

Farm Bill delayed, again: Even though we're currently Farm Bill-less — the 2002 one effectively ended Sunday — the Senate mark-up of the 2007 bill is being pushed back once again. Why? They want the Finance Committee to go first, so they know how much money they have to work with. Um, shouldn't...

Digest – Features: Rats prefer organic, horse exposé, toothpaste hero

The rat's nose knows quality: Given a choice of biscuits made from organic or conventional wheat, 40 Swiss rats ate significantly more of the former. While organic advocates everywhere start jigging, writer and food scientist Harold McGee blows right past this revelation, explaining that it could be because...

Digest – News: Bluetongue outbreak in UK, transgenic sugar, recalled soy

Work, cooking, and chickens have gotten in the way of news collecting and blogging lately, and the Digest has thus had its longest-ever break. Rather than deluge you with news stories well-masticated elsewhere, the above-the-fold portions of these Digest posts contain just the most current (or the most...

Urban Chicken Park(ing) Day in SF: Clucking awesome

Slide show of chicken photos from yesterday — check out the pics of other park(ing) spaces posted to Flickr: A big thanks to the friends who came by and visited with the chickens and bought eggs yesterday at the Urban Chicken Park — I think it went very well, considering we had less than a week...

Digest – Features & Blogsnacks: Cornucopia, “box turners,” and bye-bye to pigs in the ‘hood

FEATURES Horn o' plenty (of complaints): The family-farm advocacy group Cornucopia Institute, which has filed seven complaints with the USDA since 2005 —against Wal-Mart and some of the nation's largest organic milk producers — is on a genuine crusade to keep organic standards pure. (TIME)...

Digest – Research: Recent Congressional Research Service reports

This is the debut of a sporadic digest of somewhat more weighty documents than typical digest items. The "Research" digest will include scientific papers, policy reports, and similar academic items. Today's edition is a collection of Congressional Research Service reports. If you have never heard...

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