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

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 planet first social” on Friday, March 6,[…]

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Supporting Dairy Farmers is Part of a Balanced Diet

  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[…]

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

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[…]

Kaptur defends GIPSA, farmers, and ranchers in Appropriations debate

Please watch the House Appropriations debates last week over Representative Kaptur’s amendments to strike language from the GIPSA rider. Current language prevents the GIPSA administration from protecting farmers and ranchers against retaliation, anti-competitive practices, and abusive contracts. Unfortunately, both amendments were voted down in recorded votes. We will continue our efforts to take this language[…]

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[…]

USFRA Promotes Agribusiness, Not Farmers

“Being in a supermarket, picking up a piece of produce and wondering, where does this come from? …My Facebook feed is flooded with what I should eat and what I should avoid…I don’t know what to believe.” That, says Oscar-winning director James Moll in a recent interview, is what inspired him to create his new[…]

Interviews with Chris Leonard

We are looking forward to seeing Chris Leonard speak at Busboys and Poets this coming Monday and hope that you join us. If you can’t go in person, please listen in Susan Yeoman’s interview with Leonard about The Meat Racket on What’s For Dinner. “It’s the story of massive destruction of the US agriculture infrastructure,[…]