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Blog Posts: Food

July 2nd, 2010

And the Race is On!

If you were willing to try your luck in the office World Cup pool, here’s a little contest that might be equally exciting.  See if you can pick which genetically engineered food will enter the marketplace first: Frankenswine or Arnold Schwartzensalmon.  We have some other great names for a similar and unfortunate creation.  Currently, the competitors are neck and neck.  Both “food products” are in the queue at the Food and Drug Administration – after a ten year haul – waiting to be approved for our tables.

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July 1st, 2010

Keeping Score: Big Ag 1, Democracy 0

Last November, agribusiness scored a victory that goes beyond a simple electoral win: Issue 2 in Ohio passed, which not only created a livestock care standards board to counteract a groundswell of support to overhaul factory farming, but did so by amending the state constitution. This board, packed with members that would make Cargill, Smithfield, and Tyson proud, now has free reign to dictate how livestock are raised in Ohio, with state regulators enforcing whatever rules they establish. Read the full article…

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June 25th, 2010

Milk is a Battlefield

Not all battles are fought on a battlefield. In fact, in our line of work, we often have to attend workshops and hearings, which comes across as much less glamorous for some reason. This time we head to the halls of the University of Wisconsin – Madison on June 25 to take a stand against factory farms and corporate consolidation in the dairy industry. Read the full article…

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June 3rd, 2010

Poultry growers deserve fair contracts

Poultry growers from across the south had a lot on their minds when they convened in Normal, AL for a hearing hosted by the USDA and the Department of Justice on the subject of competition in agriculture. Considering this is the first time USDA and DOJ have hosted workshops to discuss competition (or lack of competition) in poultry markets, one of the most common thoughts among the growers must have been, “It’s about time!” Read the full article…

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April 26th, 2010

Postcard from New Mexico: Dueling with the Mega-Dairies

I’d never been to New Mexico before, but I pretty much knew what to expect. Majestic, still-snowy mountains. Low adobe buildings and scrub brush. An eclectic mix of indigenous, cowboy, and rugged outdoorsy cultures. Intense dryness.

Oh, and 340,000 dairy cows.

You’re forgiven if you didn’t know that New Mexico is our nation’s ninth-largest dairy producing state: It wasn’t even on the dairy map until about ten years ago. Today, though, New Mexico cows produce 4 million tons of milk each year. They also generate nearly 9 million tons of manure, enough to fill nine Olympic-size swimming pools every day.

Dairies in New Mexico are larger than what is typical in other places, averaging nearly 2,000 cows per operation. Like other factory farms, they generally don’t treat their waste. Instead, they store it in massive manure lagoons until the waste can be pumped out and sprayed on cropland.  When the manure seeps through the ground, it can contaminate the groundwater underneath. Read the full article…

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Reforming Wall Street to Fight Global Hunger?

Believe it or not, Wall Street reform has a lot to do with the price of food.  When the housing and stock markets started to unravel in 2007, Wall Street investors poured money into farm commodities through unregulated and obscure financial products known as derivatives.  And just like reckless speculation in housing drove the meltdown of the economy, a wave of unregulated, supercharged speculation in farm commodities like corn, wheat, and soybeans created a global hunger crisis. Read the full article…

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April 20th, 2010

Perdue Farms: Environmental Stewards or Environmental Stew?

Once a year, the state of Maryland hands out a little something called the Governor’s International Leadership Award.  For 2010, Governor Martin O’Malley bestowed the award upon Perdue Farms, Inc. Chairman Jim Perdue for showing, “financial strength, innovation in environmental stewardship and community outreach…” Wait, what?  Environmental stewardship?  That sound you just heard was the echo from the horrified screams of environmentalists across the Eastern Shores of Maryland.  Is Perdue Farms to be commended when it comes to protecting the environment? Read the full article…

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April 5th, 2010

Did It All Start with The Meatrix?

A new social media site, foodspotting.com, is a visual feast of the food people are about to eat. The site’s functionality is simple: you post a picture of your meal and you can search for specific dishes and restaurants. It claims to be about trying the new thing in good food rather than following the crowd. Read the full article…

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March 5th, 2010

Art Isn't Fair

As we head into Oscar weekend, whether you’re planning a dinner party for your film-going friends or trying to squeeze in some last-minute viewings of films that are up for Best Picture, remember one thing: art isn’t fair.

If you fell in love with the subtle violence of Inglorious Basterds, but Avatar wins and it breaks your heart, remember that art isn’t fair.  If you’re a huge fan of Gabourey Sidibe but, for some reason, unbeknownst to anyone with good taste, Sandra Bullock takes the Best Leading Actress statue home with her, remember: art isn’t fair.  Most importantly, if you’re the corn industry and you’re mad about Food Inc., being nominated for Best Documentary, art might not be fair, but at least it’s honest. Read the full article…

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Director of Food Inc. speaks at AU

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When filmmaker Robert Kenner embarked on his mission to direct Food Inc., he had no idea how big his documentary film would become. He had no idea what secrets the industrial food system was hiding and admits he knew nothing more about his food and where it comes from than any average person.

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