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Digest – Rural: Time looks at how we got here, water wars, Kansas has a plan

A rural-centric news round-up contributed by our friends at the Center for Rural Affairs, who have this to say: "I hope you weren't counting on us to do anything about the farm bill :). It was quite refreshing to do this about all NON-farm bill related items." Why are they so cranky? Read their...

Digest – News: USDA loophole allows E. coli-positive beef to be sold, lots more news

Shit happens…to be legally sellable for consumption: "One federal inspector calls it the 'E. coli loophole.' Another says, 'Nobody would buy it if they knew.'" What are these officials talking about? A little-known fact that the USDA allows companies to sell meat that has tested positive...

Digest – Commentary: Journalists protest NAIS secrecy, Farm Bill reformers split

Sneaky sneaky, not NAIS at all: We're not fans of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), which would force small farmers and hobbyists as well as giganto agribusiness to tag and track every animal in the U.S., but we're agog at that senator Tom Harkin would havethe nerve to sneak a provision in...

Subsidy brouhaha brewing over at Grist

I have much to say on the topic of subsidies, the favorite whipping boy of farm policy reform advocates far and wide (and my personal favorite topic to bring up at parties, only slightly ahead of slaughter. Yep, I'm quite popular!). But with several work deadlines looming, I'll have to hold off until...

Digest – News: AgSec threatens Farm Bill veto, farmworkers win pesticide lawsuit

Farm Bill follies: Continuing her outstanding Farm Bill coverage, Carolyn Lochhead reports on how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is calling the bill a "historic reform," even as critics denounce it as obscene. (San Francisco Chronicle) Farm Bill veto threatened: In a Q&A with reporters,...

Attention all Farm Bill nuts! PBS wants you

PBS Marketplace is looking for people engaged in the Farm Bill debate to share their experiences in attempting to shape the new legislation. They also want to hear from farmers about how their business might be affected by bill. All right Farm Bill Girl, Janet, ExpatChef, Marc aka Mental Masala, and our...

Digest – News: Another day, another million pounds of beef recalled

Gazillionth recall + question for readers: Cargill is recalling more than 1 million pounds of ground beef after a USDA test found E. coli. The meat was distributed to retailers across the country, including Giant, ShopRite, Wegmans and Weis. Now a reader poll: How many of you buy factory ground beef and...

Digest – Commentary: Farm Bill fur flying, humane groups proposing Cal. initiative

Read it and weep: In case you missed our earlier post about it, here's Michael Pollan on the current Senate version of the Farm Bill. (New York Times) Farm Bill is bipartisan failure: This Chicago Tribune op-ed, one of many about the Farm Bill this weekend (here's the Gray Lady's), is worth noting for its...

“Weed It and Reap”: Michael Pollan shreds current Farm Bill in the New York Times

Michael Pollan has an op-ed in today's New York Times that explains, in his trademark clear, wry style, why the current version of the Farm Bill the Senate is preparing to pass is "very much a farm bill in the traditional let-them-eat-high-fructose-corn-syrup mold." If you've been trying to talk...

Calling your senators about the Farm Bill can have unexpected results

From our previous contributor Janet Majure, who lives in Kansas and blogs regularly at Foodperson.com. A funny thing happened when I called my senators this week to ask their support of the Dorgan-Grassley Amendment, which would "put a hard cap of $250,000 on commodity payments, close loopholes, and...

“King Corn” preview and discussion in Berkeley draws crowd

Michael Pollan with "King Corn" stars Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, and director Aaron Woolf, along with a corny hat that Pollan had in his backpack. As expected, Tuesday night's special event for "King Corn," featuring Michael Pollan and the three filmmakers, had a huge turnout, with...

Digest – Food and Farm Bill special

For some pre-Halloween thrills and chills, this digest is all about that zombie-, vampire- and Frankenstein-filled piece of legislation called the Food and Farm Bill. Late last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee completed its work on the bill and sent it to the full Senate, where it will be debated in a...

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