The Trans Pacific Partnership Will Not Help Struggling Farmers

A recent Associated Press article noted that Wisconsin dairy producers “see nothing but advantages” if the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) were passed during the final session of Congress. A more accurate statement would be that some dairy producers see nothing but advantages. I am at a loss to understand how dairy producers would see any[…]

Sustainable, a film about farming the way it should be

Sustainable is a term that, when used in reference to farming, is generally understood to mean “the good kind of farming”. Farming that respects the environment, animal welfare, consumer heath, farmer profitability and farm worker dignity. Sustainable farming is often equated with organic farming, a logical conclusion since organic farming is expected to take all[…]

Europe’s Biotech Confusion — A Big Problem for The Biotech Industry

The US farm press is a segment of the media that most people never see. The glossy magazines tell farmers everything they need to know in order to be successful, efficient and progressive — that is, in constant growth mode. Most have no subscription fees, there are plenty of advertisers to cover costs. Editorial content[…]

But, This Free Trade Deal Will Really Be Good For Everyone!! (And have I got a deal for you on a bridge in Brooklyn).

The TPP is a “trade agreement” between 12 Asia Pacific region nations and its counterpart TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) between the US and the European Union, are billed as “free trade” agreements, but they have little to do with trade. At this point it seems we have no shortage of goods imported from[…]

April 17 Protest in Brussels

April 17 is marked as the International Day of Peasant and Farmer Struggle. In honor of 19 landless peasant farmers massacred in Brazil in 1996 we celebrate resistance, solidarity and this year mobilize against Transnational Corporations and Free Trade Agreements. I was asked to participate and represent the National Family Farm Coalition in protests in[…]

Has Glyphosate Met Its Waterloo?

Can organic farmers use Roundup® ? I get that question a lot, society has been told and it seems, really believes that as crop chemicals go, nothing could be safer. But that’s just it, using nothing is safer. And no, organic farmers can’t use it, but if I could why would I want to? It[…]