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The Small Farm

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On February 9, 2017
The mythology of the family farm goes deep in American history. It’s only recently that presidential elections stopped using this mythology for endless ads (if there’s one thing neither candidate cared about in 2016, it was farmers in Kansas or Ohio). Remember how tied up into being a small farmer the Carter campaign was. But […]
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On October 10, 1933, thirty ranchers surrounded a group of agricultural strikers in Pixley, California. They opened fire and killed two. The massacre at Pixley culminated the farm strike that had gone on through the harvesting season and demonstrated the level of violence ranchers would resort to in order to keep labor as exploitable as […]
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Chicken Conditions

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On July 3, 2016
It’s a positive that Perdue is improving the welfare of the chickens on the farms it contracts with. It’s creating new standards that include exposure to sunlight and exercise to make chickens’ lives less terrible. Of course, the treatment of farm animals is a national shame but efficiency and profit has gotten in the way […]

The TPP and Big Ag

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On June 14, 2016

As I have stated many times, I don’t really care about GMOs in terms of thinking of them as any sort of health threat and I think concerns on that end are much closer to chemtrails than a legiti

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