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End Ag-Gag Laws

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On January 13, 2019
One of the worst things about modern America are ag-gag laws, passed in many states over the past decade to keep undercover animal rights reporters from finding out and publicizing the abuse to animals that take place in factory feeding operations. I talked about these a good bit in Out of Sight. If it becomes […]
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Agricultural Revolutions

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On August 14, 2018
While food issues as political activism get nowhere the attention among liberals that it did a decade ago (remember the Michael Pollan for Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture boomlet in late 2008?), our food supply is deeply unsustainable. I am skeptical of most agricultral innovations in this sense because while they have consistently done a great […]
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On May 29, 1996, the United Farm Workers came to an agreement with Bruce Church, Inc., one of the nation’s leading lettuce growers, after an 18-year boycott. The fight was over workers picking Red Coach Lettuce, a brand name for the head lettuce grown by a big farmer near Salinas, California named Ted Taylor. Church […]
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Ag-Gag

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On September 11, 2017
I’ve expressed deep worry about so-called “ag-gag” bills for the past several years, even devoting a section of Out of Sight to the issue. Basically, these are bills that criminalize knowledge of what happens inside big agricultural production facilities. They are a result of agribusiness outrage over animal rights activists getting jobs to film the […]
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