Food and Farming

A Food Stamp Indignity Worthy of Dickens

A Food Stamp Indignity Worthy of Dickens

Even Charles Dickens, England's masterful satirist of the Victorian upper class, couldn’t have imagined elite rulers using a box of food as a gratuitous way to slap poor people. But Donald Trump and two of his slap-happy cabinet officials did imagine it — and then did...

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Long Live the Jersey Tomato

Long Live the Jersey Tomato

Food corporations and their academic cohorts keep trying to "make" an industrial tomato to rival Mother Nature’s product. And they keep failing. They might consider this instead: the Rutgers 250. It’s a revived version of the classic hybrid tomato bred in 1934 by...

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America Dumps Its Fracking Waste in My Ohio Town

America Dumps Its Fracking Waste in My Ohio Town

My southeastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills is a small, rural place where the demolition derby is a hot ticket, Walmart is the biggest store, and people in the surrounding villages must often drive for 30 minutes to grocery shop. We hold the unfortunate...

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Your Taxpayer Dollars Are Funding Corporate Propaganda

Your Taxpayer Dollars Are Funding Corporate Propaganda

While Congress hasn’t accomplished much in 2017, it did manage to pass a budget resolution — and within that budget, a sum of $3 million stands out. Congress appropriated that $3 million to fund the Agricultural Biotechnology Education and Outreach Initiative. That's...

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Forget the Nordic Diet. Try their Tax Plan.

Forget the Nordic Diet. Try their Tax Plan.

You’ve heard, no doubt, of the miraculous Mediterranean diet, which is said to keep Italians and Greeks living healthy lives into their 80s and beyond. The Japanese diet is popular, too, as the Japanese live the longest lives in the world. Then there’s the Nordic...

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Trigger Happy With Toxins

Trigger Happy With Toxins

For many years, genetically engineered crops were said to be environmentally responsible. Those crops have genes from different species implanted in them, giving them traits they normally wouldn't have. Companies like Monsanto that produced such strains claimed they...

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‘Farm to Table’ Has Jumped the Shark

‘Farm to Table’ Has Jumped the Shark

Now that Amazon's taken over Whole Foods, a natural foods grocery known for its high prices, the new owners have pledged to lower prices. I stopped by the store to see what had changed. In addition to a few discounts — organic apples went from $2.99 to $1.99 per pound...

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Want to Improve Your Diet? Plant a Fruit Tree.

Want to Improve Your Diet? Plant a Fruit Tree.

One of the simplest ways to improve your family's diet? Plant a fruit tree. Or plant several. The last time I was fortunate enough to have a yard, I planted four of them. Unfortunately, I broke up with my then-boyfriend and moved out right about the time all four...

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1984 at the Grocery Store

1984 at the Grocery Store

Wall Street analysts tell us that Amazon's $14 billion buyout of Whole Foods isn't only a win-win for both of them, but also for consumers, for Amazon intends to lower the organic grocer's prices. Really? Yes, they say, because Amazon will use its amazing...

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