Organic farmers neither want nor need an organic checkoff

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The “organic industry” represented by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) wants to make some money, supposedly for promoting organic food in the marketplace and for more research related to organic farming. So the go to place is the paycheck of organic farmers. Promoting organic food is good, so is more funding for organic research, which has always been the ugly stepchild of conventional agricultural research. However a national checkoff on...

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NFFC Among Orgs Asking President Obama to Protect Pollinators

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Blog, Letters, Press | 0 comments

On March 1, NFFC ally Pesticide Action Network North America delivered a letter to President Obama and White House Task Force on Pollinator Health officials urging greater action to protect bees. An impressive 125+ groups from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, including environmental, beekeeper, investor, farmer and faith, joined NFFC on PANNA’s letter. The letter concludes: “The current registrations of persistent,...

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Op-ed by George Naylor – Agriculture or agribusiness? As Iowa goes…

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Blog, Press | 0 comments

Here we go again. Presidential hopefuls are descending on Iowa like saviors from on high, feigning to listen to “we, the voters.” With frequent news stories about how our farming practices affect others downstream (like water consumers in Des Moines and fishers in the Gulf of Mexico), or how patented GMO seed and toxic pesticides get promoted around the world as a godsend for poor hungry people, it should be evident that as Iowa...

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NFFC Joining Iowa CCI, Allies at Food & Ag Justice Summit

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments The liberal advocacy group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement will hold two days of counter-programming to next month’s Iowa Ag Summit featuring several potential Republican presidential candidates. The group on Tuesday announced a “Food & Ag Justice Summit” timed for the same weekend, with a “people and...

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My Imaginary CAFO

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

If you can’t lick ‘em, join ‘em, the old saying goes. So I’ve decided to stop fighting and just build a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) of my own. I’ve figured out the costs and … it’s as good as owning an NFL team, but without most of the head injuries… like the proverbial Cash Cow… only you don’t need a pasture! Here’s how you, too, can be a CAFO owner… in an...

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U.S Organic Dairy Politics by Bruce Scholten

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

U.S Organic Dairy Politics: Animals, Pasture, People and Agribusiness January 13th, 2015 Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan– a division of St. Martin’s Press (in the US) A review by Jim Goodman Bruce Scholten’s in-depth and thoughtful analysis of U.S. organic dairy politics begins with his own memories of growing up on a Washington State dairy farm. From what was common in his childhood, small dairy farms operated by multi-generational family...

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