Food and Farming

A Farm Bill Lost in Never-Never Land

A Farm Bill Lost in Never-Never Land

As financial stress rises, suicide hotlines are spreading across farm country. Four straight years of low income, rising debt, and now fights with major trading partners are taking their toll on farmers and rural communities. Worse, Congress seems to be pretending...

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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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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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