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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 illegal to record evidence of what happens inside food factories, such as slaughterhouses. Those filming or recording audio or having this […]

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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Poverty in the Valley of Plenty

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On January 4, 2016
In 1948, the National Farm Labor Union and Hollywood filmmakers who hated the virulently anti-union big farm grower DiGiorgio Fruit, the largest grape, plum, and pear grower in the world, made a film titled Poverty in the Valley of Plenty to expose the terrible conditions of the farmers. In 1947, DiGiorgio responded to a strike […]

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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Water Quality Trading

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On December 1, 2015
In the spirit of cap and trade, the government has decided its misfounded belief that the free market can be used to solve environmental problems should be applied to water pollution. Water quality trading programs are now used by more than 20 states that allow companies to trade credits for nutrient pollution of waterways, largely […]

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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The Most Dangerous Workplace

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On October 27, 2015
The most dangerous workplaces is the family farm, which is why we need a lot more attention paid to working conditions there. This is an outstanding discussion of this easily solvable problem. Richard Rosetter stood inside his 28-foot grain bin and smashed a shovel into the thick layer of ice that covered his corn. He […]
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