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Ag-Gag Bills Defeated

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On July 31, 2013
In just about the only good thing for progressives in this year’s horror film of state legislation, all 11 ag-gag bills were defeated. Attempts by agribusiness to criminalize anyone taking footage of their operations went down to defeat. However, I am extremely pessimistic that we will repeat such a record in 2014. After all, North […]
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Tom Philpott reports on a new job safety hazard developing in agriculture. The enormous manure piles on today’s gargantuan hog farms are gurgling up explosive foam. This never really happened before 2009, but it is an increasingly common occurrence on industrial-scale hog farms. The problem is menacing: As manure breaks down, it emits toxic gases […]

Ag-Gag

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On May 14, 2013

Pretty big environmental and agricultural news out of Tennessee. Governor Bill Haslam, who is generally terrible on everything, has vetoed a so-called “ag-gag” bill, which would have crimi

Bees

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On March 29, 2013

Turns out that if you industrialize an animal and then expose them to tremendous amounts of chemical pesticides, terrible things can happen. I know that the Green Revolution and our faith in technolog

Agricultural Guestworkers

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On March 14, 2013
The labor historian Cindy Hahamovitch on the already terrible agricultural guestworker program that agricultural interests want to deregulate even more in a new immigration bill. The guestworker program continued but in recent years abuses have gotten nastier. When growers demanded a bigger and less regulated program in 1986, the Labor Department waived Wirtz-era rules restricting […]

God Made a Farmer?

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On February 6, 2013

I was going to respond to that ridiculous “God Made a Farmer” Chrysler ad that ran during the Super Bowl using the voiceover of Paul Harvey’s speech of that title as narration. Showi

Milk Prices

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On December 21, 2012
The fact that milk prices could go up as high as $8 a gallon because of a Truman-era policy that kicks in without a new farm bill is exhibit #113421 that we need a serious reexamination of our entire broken agricultural policy. Share
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