Food and Farming

A Rotten Bacon Behemoth

A Rotten Bacon Behemoth

American consumers may not even notice the change if a newly proposed takeover by China's largest meat processor of our nation's leading pork company goes through. But the $4.7 billion transaction would certainly show up on our plates: in the form of farmer...

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Feeding the Economy

Feeding the Economy

I never paid much attention to the food stamp debate in Congress before. But I'm on food stamps myself these days, so I'm tuning in this time around. Officially called SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — food stamps are one of those things that...

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How I Fell for Farmers’ Markets

How I Fell for Farmers’ Markets

I'll never forget the first time I went to a farmers' market. I hated it. Like many who buy food only from the grocery store, I didn't realize that local farmers can't produce every food all year round. I didn't expect pineapples or anything, but the extremely limited...

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Faking Farm Savings

Faking Farm Savings

Sometimes it appears common sense and reality can't penetrate the Capitol's marble-lined walls. This financially costly phenomenon struck when both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees recently passed their versions of the Farm Bill. Instead of debating where...

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Censoring Our Food

Censoring Our Food

Standing outside a slaughterhouse in Draper City, Utah, Amy Meyer was horrified by what she saw. Cows struggled to stay out of the plant and employees hauled one cow that appeared sick or injured in a tractor. While standing on public property, Meyer pulled out her...

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The New Crime of Eating While Homeless

The New Crime of Eating While Homeless

Whenever one of our cities gets a star turn as host of some super-sparkly event, such as a national political gathering or the Super Bowl, its first move is to tidy up — by having the police sweep homeless people into jail, out of town, or under some rug. But...

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Less Beer, More Can

Less Beer, More Can

Anyone who says that America has lost its innovative edge in technology and manufacturing hasn't chugged a can of Bud recently. The buzz is back, baby! Well, actually, Budweiser is no longer American. It's now part of a Belgian outfit called Anheuser-Busch InBev, the...

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Those Uninvited Guests at Your Barbecue

Those Uninvited Guests at Your Barbecue

Planning a Memorial Day barbecue? When you buy meat for that festive meal, watch out for some uninvited guests. An alarming amount of American meat harbors not just pathogens, but "superbugs" — antibiotic-resistant bacteria. For now, you'd better cook your meat well...

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