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On this date in 1892, the People’s Party held its first convention in Omaha, Nebraska. Building upon two decades of rural labor’s deep dissatisfaction with the Gilded Age, the Populists articulated a powerful challenge to the unregulated capitalism of the day. The late 19th century was pretty tough for rural people. For farmers in the […]

The Farm Bill

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On June 18, 2012

Philip Bump has a nice run-down of the important things to look for in the upcoming farm bill/massive subsidization of agribusiness thanks to the incredible power held by rural state senators. One poi

O’Malley

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On May 16, 2012
It’s totally absurd to be thinking about who the Democrats will nominate for the presidency in 2016, yet for politically-minded people, it’s almost inevitable. That includes me. I’ve spent way too much time thinking about the different possibilities and who I would support among them (leaning toward Gillibrand at this time, but that could easily […]

On Fish and CSAs

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On May 6, 2012

A couple of interesting Grist pieces on food, both worth commenting so I’ll just combine them. First, as we decimate the world’s large fish stocks in order to satisfy our unquenchable desi

Big agriculture is going to the mat for what really matters–exploiting child labor. Last year, two teenagers handling a large grain auger had their legs severed while working at the Zaloudek Grain Co. in Oklahoma. The Department of Labor (DOL) proposed rules that might have prevented this tragedy. The rules, designed to curb dangerous child […]
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“Ketchup is a vegetable” is sounding pretty good right about now: Sarah Seltzer has a good overview of what is in school lunches–pink slime turned into meat. Technically, it is meat product injected with ammonia that is processed into something theoretically edible. And the meat industry has lobbied heavily for it to be the product […]

Branding

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On January 15, 2012

California ranchers are unhappy that the federal government wants to replace branding cattle with electronic chips placed in cattle’s ears. The chips make a lot of sense on many levels. It’

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