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Antibiotics Bill Gets Its Hearing in Congress

Do we have a right to cheap meat and milk? Shouldn’t we consumers bear some of the cost of a world with fewer antibiotic-resistant disease organisms? [...]

Climate Politics Converge In California

The Nunes Amendment would have taken the Marine Fisheries opinion, which was crafted through long deliberation including two scientific peer review boards, and replaced it with a move founded completely upon political considerations. That’s an approach that agriculture in California has taken for a long time, ignoring scientific warnings about the unsustainable nature of crop irrigation there, for the sake of short-term, local benefit for a small number of influential constituents [...]

It's Fish Vs. Wine, Not Fish Vs. People

The message underlying the opinion from the National Marine Fisheries Service is that California’s agricultural boom has come at the expense of the state’s natural resources and the people who depend economically upon them. [...]

West Virginia Bhopal?

The ingredients of the Bhopal disaster are present not just at one chemical facility in West Virginia, but in the industrial agricultural system all across the USA. [...]

Stinky Pork Spending That's Worth It

If Tom Coburn doesn’t know about the problems caused by the immense expansion and concentration of swine in the American Midwest over the last generation, then he has been working in Washington D.C. for too long. [...]

Find Local Food

Local Harvest is a site that allows people to search for markets that emphasize local food, and for farmers and food artisans who sell directly to people who intend to eat their food. [...]

USDA Gardens Aren't Actually Planned

If the Secretary of Agriculture can’t even organize the planting of a vegetable garden, then how can he reasonably lead an organization with responsibility for an entire nation’s food policy? [...]

Thoughts of Milpaculture

As long as there is a high human population on earth, natural ecosystems will give way to human-constructed environments. The fair question, as long as we’ve got a high population, is which human-constructed environments are the most ecologically friendly. [...]

Agricultural Reform Vilsacked by Obama

Barack Obama’s choice of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture is a disappointing signal that the Obama Administration will not be a source of agricultural reform, and may actually be a source of roadblocks to reform. [...]