Food and Farming

A Big Win for Fast Food Workers

A Big Win for Fast Food Workers

For many Americans, the only connection between Labor Day and labor is that you don't have to do any of the latter as a result of the former. In other words, it's just a day off work — an occasion to barbecue or go out of town for a three-day weekend. But millions of...

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Ethanol: A Love Story

Ethanol: A Love Story

It’s a timeless story of teenage romance: pledging love, abandoning reason, rebelling against authority. No, this isn’t the plot of a John Hughes movie. Instead, I’m talking about Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s love affair with ethanol. While Vilsack is tasked...

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Big Ag Spars with the First Amendment

Big Ag Spars with the First Amendment

The First Amendment may be inconvenient to some people at times, but it's still the law of the land. Case in point: so-called "ag-gag laws." These are laws in Idaho, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa that prohibit people from taking photos or...

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Monsanto Hits All the Wrong Notes

Monsanto Hits All the Wrong Notes

The Canadian rocker and master storyteller Neil Young says: "Music is a universal language." Yes, and when created by a people's champion like him, music can bring down the high and mighty — just as Joshua's trumpeters brought down the walls of Jericho. Or, in Young's...

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Monsanto’s Boot Camp

Monsanto’s Boot Camp

One reason corporations get away with running roughshod over us is that America's mass-market media has been thoroughly corporatized — both in structure and mindset. Our daily news feed is largely a regurgitation of the corporate line. An upcoming food conference the...

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Pope Francis Weighs In on Newfangled Crops

Pope Francis Weighs In on Newfangled Crops

Does genetically engineering crops — creating seeds with the DNA of other species inserted in them, like a tomato with DNA that includes genes from a fish — violate religious principles? People with a vested interest have tried for years to speak on the Vatican’s...

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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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