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ReDigest: Moyers on hunger, lab liability, a portrait of evil

Moldy links, but in case you missed.... No farms, no food: Bill Moyers did an excellent three-part series on the broken U.S. food system, from bare shelves in charity pantries to the Farm Bill subsidy boondoggles as revealed by the Washington Post "Harvesting Cash" reporters. The site has both videos and...

When discrimination is more than OK: Time to call our reps about pesticide policy

Update 4/10: We're hearing from our confidential intel sources on the Hill (OK, an action alert I just received) that the deadline for asking your reps to sign the letter mentioned below has been extended until mid-day tomorrow, 4/11. I just called my rep. The feeling of fulfillment is immense... try it! -E...

Food-health-agriculture connections noted at SARE conference

There was plenty of positive energy and discussion of the food and agriculture connection yesterday at the opening of the three-day Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program’s 20th anniversary conference, held this year in Kansas City, Missouri. More than 800 people were expected...

Digest – News: Apple-moth exposé, payment limit moving forward, food crisis

Holy smoking spraygun, Batman!!!: The company that makes one of the apple-moth pesticides that state officials are considering spraying over the Bay Area is coincidentally owned by a wealthy California agribusinessman — one who's also coincidentally been a generous contributor to Gov. Arnold...

Digest – Commentary: Eating local gains political clout, food prices, corn crisis

Locavore motion: "The buy local train is leaving the station, and it's time for USDA to hear the whistle and get on board," says Vermont Senator Ginny Lyons in this op-ed. (Times Argus Online) Robbing the poor to sell to the poor: An economics lesson from Tom Philpott on what rising food prices...

Digest – News: Farm Bill deals, Utah milk labeling, dairy-cow Crohn’s connection

The Ethicureans were assisted in these posts by Leslie, on loan from the Eat Well Guide, and Jack of Fork & Bottle (who was not responsible for any typos you may find). If you only read one Farm Bill status report…: It should this one by Caroline Lochhead. The lede says it all: "As Sens....

Digest – News: EPA rolls over and smells the ammonia, corn contamination, Farm Bill stalled

We're slowly getting back up to speed, Digest-wise — many thanks to Leslie, on loan from the Eat Well Guide, for her help. This move stinks: Under pressure from factory-farming lobbyists and ag-state pols, the EPA is considering dropping requirements that CAFOs have to report their emissions of toxic...

Digest – Rural: Farm Bill bloc, cattle prodding, H2O dear

The Digest editor is annoyingly still crippled, but our nice friends at the Center for Rural Affairs have contributed this round-up of important news regarding farm and rural issues. 153 just say no: Farm Bill negotiations are bumping and grinding along with no clear path forward. Now a powerful coalition...

Pesticides, like the huddled masses, yearn to be free

The Farm Bill is back. (Admit it -- you'd been missing it.) House and Senate ag staffers have taken to lurking in each other's offices and furrowing their brows over what could be a protracted conflict between members of the conference committee, that group of reps and senators assigned to turn the meat...

Digest – Commentary: Obama’s and Clinton’s Big Ag donations, pro-GMO, it’s baaack

Yay! Now we don't have to do it: Tom Philpott contrasts the food and ag policies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. We guess he thinks it's buh-bye, Edwards. (Grist) "Frankenstein foods are not monsters": Why the EU should shut up and buy American GM crops. (Times Online) It's Farm Bill time...

Digest – Commentary: Philpott on cheap-food schadenfreude, rBST booster, make our own damn Farm Bill

Because those who can't do, teach?: "If the end of cheap oil has so far been a bust for the environment, can the end of cheap food do any better?" asks Tom Philpott, who goes on to argue that pricier food probably won't equal more conscious consumption, lower obesity rates, or better environmental...

An uncivil war: Mapping the defeat of subsidy reform

These days, votes in the Senate are usually either along party lines (51-49), or lopsided like 98-2 or 100-0. However, the vote on the Dorgan-Grassley amendment, which would have set a $250,000 limit for farm subsidy payments to any one farm, was unusual. The No votes were cast by 31 Republicans, 11...

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