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

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

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 |

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2015/02/17/iowa-cci-ag-summit-protest-caucus/23551491/ 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 |

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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Supporting Dairy Farmers is Part of a Balanced Diet

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Blog |

  Eat fat! That is the message delivered in new studies that suggest Americans have wrongfully avoided fat in their diets for decades. In an effort to deal with the growing epidemic of heart disease, scientists turned their focus to cutting fat from diets. Many of those studies failed to control for major heart disease contributors like​ smoking, stress, sedentary lifestyles, and obesity. Nonetheless, the war against fat had...

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Wash Po: Illusion of choice in U.S. meat market

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Blog |

The Washington Post’s Robert Ferdman wrote this article on the consolidation in the meat industry and the resulting illusion of choice consumers have in the grocery store. It appeared in last week’s online Wonkblog and in this Sunday’s business section. Ferdman quotes Chris Leonard, draws comparisons with the soda industry, and examines some of the implications of Tyson’s recent acquisition of Hillshire Farms. Please...

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