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Sex and the Family Farm

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On April 10, 2016
The bucolic image of the family farm as the rock of American values is something that we can’t escape from in the political season. But as Gabriel Rosenberg points out in this excellent essay, not only does that myth cover up the genocide and ecological catastrophe behind the history of American agriculture, it also erases […]

Ag-Gag

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On January 20, 2016

One of the most pernicious right-wing goals, and I know the competition for this title is really stiff, are the so-called ag-gag bills agribusiness are pushing in the states. These bills would make it

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On January 16, 1961, lettuce workers in the Imperial Valley of California walked off the job in one of the first modern actions of agricultural worker militancy that would eventually lead to the rise of the United Farm Workers and other farmworker unions in the 1960s and 1970s. Imperial Valley lettuce growers, like farmers across […]

Water Politics

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On January 13, 2016

This is a really outstanding investigation into how California and thus federal water politics work. That agribusiness would create a Latino front group with the message that not delivering more water

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Vietnamese chicken farmers already see the writing on the wall from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. After NAFTA was passed, American food products, especially corn, flooded the Mexican market. That made it impossible for Mexican corn farmers to compete. Conveniently for American corporations, that led to millions of Mexicans leaving their land and requiring work that working […]

Dam Removal

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On December 5, 2015

I realize that most LGM readers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about western natural resource politics. But these issues are central to understanding the politics of the West, particularly w

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Above: People I do not want to oppress in order to retire comfortably Like a lot of academics, I have TIAA-CREF managing my retirement funds. There’s no real decision made there–I may have other options but I don’t spend much time thinking about this. Maybe when I actually pay off my student loans I can […]

The New Fake Meat

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On November 20, 2015

I wonder about this new idea of laboratory-grown meat that could replace cows. I confess I’m almost as skeptical about this as I am about Soylent, although I guess at the least some sort of subs

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