Retailers Want to Own Farmers – CAFOs Fill the Bill

As dairy farmers have seen many times in the past, a glut of milk has flooded the market and dropped farm pay prices to the point that some farmers will be forced out of business. Generally it is the smaller farmers that go first. For them, credit, to try and ride out the storm, is Read more about Retailers Want to Own Farmers – CAFOs Fill the Bill[…]

Free Trade should benefit the people, not corporations

There is a lot of angst in the US corporate world. They are quite concerned that the renegotiation talks between the US, Canada and Mexico (the three participants in the North American Free Trade Agreement—NAFTA) may not deliver a new agreement that is as lucrative as the old NAFTA. NAFTA has been in place since Read more about Free Trade should benefit the people, not corporations[…]

In Organic Farming, Rules Are Not Made to be Broken

The first day our milk was sold as certified organic, in 1999, we thought we had it made. The market for organic milk was growing and there was no reason to believe the growing consumer demand would not continue. Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, even regular supermarket chains were looking to get organic products on their Read more about In Organic Farming, Rules Are Not Made to be Broken[…]

NAFTA Needs To Be Replaced, Not Renegotiated

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must be replaced with a transparent trade agreement that ensures farmers in all three nations—Canada, Mexico, and the United States—receive fair prices for their production, that consumers are guaranteed the right to know the content and origin of their food, and that strong environmental protections are put in Read more about NAFTA Needs To Be Replaced, Not Renegotiated[…]

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 Read more about The Trans Pacific Partnership Will Not Help Struggling Farmers[…]

Genetically engineered crops part and parcel of decline of rural communities

The endless miles of dead brown fields are finally gone. Spring in the Midwest should be announced by endless miles of green, but at best, a haphazard patchwork of winter wheat, rye, hayfields and the occasional bit of pasture are the only green that show up after snow-melt. Most of the winter grains planted last Read more about Genetically engineered crops part and parcel of decline of rural communities[…]

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 Read more about Sustainable, a film about farming the way it should be[…]

And on Earth, Peace, Good Will Toward Men?

In years past, the “Holidays”, Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, or whatever one chose to celebrate, were marred mostly by commercialism, “door buster sales”, trampling people to get some piece of cheap crap. That was bad enough. If we look at the big picture,—where we all need to look, the past weeks have been tragic, too tragic Read more about And on Earth, Peace, Good Will Toward Men?[…]

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