Department of Agriculture

Cross-Post: So Much for the Nativists

Originally published by The New York Times on October 26, 2011. Here’s a Capitol riddle for you: Representative Lamar Smith, one of the most reflexively anti-immigrant hard-liners in Congress, is sponsoring a bill to flood the agriculture sector with up … Continued

Cross-Post: USDA recalls beef headed for Georgia school lunches

Originally posted on CNN.com by the CNN Wire Staff. (CNN) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a Class I recall for 40,000 pounds of ground beef products intended for Georgia school lunches, due to possible E. coli contamination. The … Continued

Politics

Food safety must go beyond food recall legislation

“There are certain things only a government can do. And one of those things is ensuring that the foods we eat are safe and do not cause us harm.”  - President Obama On January 4, 2011 President Obama signed into … Continued

Politics

Cross-post: USDA sells cheese while warning against eating it

Agency helps Domino’s, Taco Bell, others push fat-laden products but fights obesity This article by Michael Moss for The New York Times is a fascinating look at how government agencies, while setting health guidelines for the American public, are simultaneously … Continued

Take Back Our Food System

“Somebody’s making a whole bunch of money, and somebody’s getting screwed.” These are the bold and profound words of Mr. Bob Miller, a rancher and lifelong farmer, out of Okmulgee, Oklahoma who’s felt the intense squeeze of the pricing pyramid … Continued

Economy

Senate hosts tea party: Black Farmers, Native Americans, Shirley Sherrod Not Invited

Even  as Shirley Sherrod captured the attention of the nation last week, Senate Republicans torpedoed appropriations due tens of thousands of Black farmers and Native Americans after years of litigation aimed at rectifying  federal discrimination and mismanagement.  Stripping the appropriations … Continued

DOJ’s Holder calls for Historic Era of Antitrust Enforcement in Agriculture

Dave Murphy, Founder of Food Democracy Now!, recently posted this good piece on Huffington Post: Once again rural America stands on the Edge of Hope Ankeny, IA - There are moments in a nation’s history that define it. For America’s … Continued

Politics

The Food Trusts: A Call for Backbone

Next week the Departments of Justice and Agriculture will jointly convene the first of five national hearings on “competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry.” If the first gathering in Ankeny, Iowa is any indicator, the Departments will have … Continued