Mad Cows, Fat Cats, and Chlorinated Chickens: NFFC protests TAFTA

This week has been a jam packed week here in DC. In addition to the Appropriations process and a few conferences (more on those later), the fifth round of negotiations for the EU-US trade deal (TAFTA, the TransAtlantic Free Trade Agreement, or TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) happened on the George Mason University[…]

Opposition to anti-GIPSA rider letter to House Appropriations

One hundred sixty eight organizations across the country signed onto a letter asking the House Appropriations Committee to oppose policy riders that inhibit GIPSA’s regulation and implementation authority. Please read the House anti-GIPSA rider letter here.

Letter to Senators Pryor and Blunt on Veteran Farmers

Forty-five organizations signed on to a letter urging Senators Pryor and Blunt to fully fund programs for veterans who are now in agriculture and the Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison office during the current appropriations process. Please read the Sign-on Letter for Veterans issues here.

What’s Happening to the Bees?

“Are Your Delicious, Healthy Almonds Killing Bees?” That is the question posed by Tom Philpott last week in Mother Jones. As the acreage in monocropped almonds in California has grown, so too has the reliance on “pollinator services”. Wild honeybees simply cannot pollinate the vast number of almond trees growing in California’s almond country anymore.[…]

NY Times critiques USFRA’s ‘Farmland’

The New York times ran this excellent critique of the USFRA sponsored film ‘Farmland’ in their movie section today. Unfortunately, they didn’t link to either Jim or our articles, but they did cite a number of other articles, including Anna Lappe’s piece at Grist called “Who’s behind the US Farmer’s & Ranchers Alliance and why[…]

Find Food Labels Confusing? Food Chain Workers group sorts it out.

The Domestic Fair Trade Association* just released their evaluation program of fair trade and social justice certification programs for food. The evaluation program currently rates 6 “fair trade” labels along many issues including whether the label adequate works to support family farmers and has high labor and environmental standards. Please check it out. Hopefully more[…]