Food and Farming

Unhappy Meals

Unhappy Meals

McDonald's is floundering. There's no other way to say it. The global fast food chain has experienced declining U.S. sales for well over a year now. But why? I'd love to gloat that Americans have finally caught on that the Golden Arches peddles terrible food, but that...

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Dishing out Poverty Wages on Capitol Hill

Dishing out Poverty Wages on Capitol Hill

In 2008 Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein declared: "There are parts of government that can be run like a business and should be run like a business." For the first time, the Senate had voted to privatize the restaurants and other food services on the Hill. Sure...

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Subsidizing the Idle Rich While Poor Kids Go Hungry

Subsidizing the Idle Rich While Poor Kids Go Hungry

To hear some politicians tell it, America's welfare system is facing a grave crisis: Millions of poor people, they say, are idling away their time eating lobster and relaxing on cruises. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, for example, recently signed welfare reform rules...

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Wisconsin’s Grocery Dictators

Wisconsin’s Grocery Dictators

Republicans may like to rail against big government. But here in Wisconsin — where conservative lawmakers just introduced a bill to dramatically restrict what people can buy with their own food stamps — Republicans want to cook up a new kind of nanny state. This isn't...

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Kraft’s Mac and Cheese: Less Toxic, Still Bad

Kraft’s Mac and Cheese: Less Toxic, Still Bad

Kraft made news the other day with this announcement: Beginning next year, its macaroni and cheese will no longer contain artificial preservatives or colors. That’s nice. One of the favorite foods of American kids will more closely resemble something that actually...

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PETA’s Cruel and Unusual Crush

PETA’s Cruel and Unusual Crush

The provocative animal rights group PETA famously despises cages. Press statements from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have described birdcages as a "death sentence" for avian pets, likened crating dogs to incarcerating them, and condemned the cruelty...

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The Right to Eat

The Right to Eat

There’s one group of people in this country who probably get less sympathy than anyone else: felons. If you’re a convicted felon, very few Americans care about your plight. Can’t find a job or an apartment because of your record? Too bad, we tell them, you shouldn’t...

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A Bacon-Wrapped Cholesterol Bomb

A Bacon-Wrapped Cholesterol Bomb

Let me say one word to you: Bacon. Not only is it delicious, it's practically irresistible — I even know vegans who sneak bites of the stuff. And these days, it's hard to avoid the pork strip. It's in snack foods, on school lunch trays, and in bars, breakfast joints,...

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Betting the Farm on a Lie

Betting the Farm on a Lie

Few things sell ideas in American politics like a good farm story. Just ask Representative Dave Reichert. He held a hearing recently on the impact of the estate tax on farms and small businesses. An outspoken critic of the tax, Reichert was inspired by a recent story...

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Genuine Corporate Posers

Genuine Corporate Posers

Near my home in Austin, Texas, there’s an old refurbished motel with a keep-it-real attitude that's expressed right on its iconic marquee: "No additives, No preservatives, Corporate-free since 1938." More and more businesses across the country are adopting this...

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