Food and Farming

Chicken Disneyland

Chicken Disneyland

McDonald’s made headlines recently by announcing it will transition to cage-free eggs by 2025. Hooray: You can feel better about eating that Egg McMuffin. Or at least you can a decade from now. Less than 1 percent of the fast food giant's eggs currently come from...

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Have Your Coke and Guzzle It Too

Have Your Coke and Guzzle It Too

Good news about obesity: A new scientific organization is coming to grips with this bulging national problem. Called the Global Energy Balance Network, it comes at obesity from a unique perspective. According to them, the key to controlling one's weight isn’t cutting...

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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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Rolling Up Some Common Sense with Willie Nelson

Rolling Up Some Common Sense with Willie Nelson

With marijuana prohibition finally ending in states and cities across the land — including full legalization in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. — who could be better than my friend Willie Nelson to lead the way for weed quality and...

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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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