Farmers markets are growing robustly throughout the country.This farmer attests to that.
[Editor’s Note: The Department of Justice and the USDA are jointly conducting five public workshops in different regions of the country, to investigate anti-competitive business practices throughout the entire agriculture sector. Food activist Dave Murphy, drove 1800 miles round-trip to this second workshop, that focuses on alleged monopolistic practices by the large poultry producers. What […]
Part 7: The NOP itself was responsible the next time the organic community got sand kicked in its face, though once again a grassroots campaign snatched, if not victory, at least the status quo from the jaws of defeat. In the absence of any interest in the organic regulations from the political appointees, the NOP bureaucrats decided to start making and implementing policy pronouncements themselves.
March 16, 2010. Despite the successful outcome in September 2009 of a Federal lawsuit brought by The Center For Food Safety, Earth Justice, and other environmental groups against the USDA to require an environmental statement before allowing GM sugar beets to be grown, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White ruled yesterday to allow the 2009 […]
March 16, 2010 Once again rural America stands on the Edge of Hope. Ankeny, Iowa. There are moments in a nation’s history that define it. For America’s remaining 2 million farmers (less than 1% of the population) and the more than 300 million eaters, the recent joint Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture workshop […]
February 15, 2010 On Friday, February 12, the USDA issued its final ruling for Access to Pasture organic certification requirements for all organic livestock producers. The National Organic Program (NOP) began in October of 2002, and up until the present was designed to ensure that pasture and ruminant animals received adequate access to pasture grass, […]
From February 15 through March 15, 2010, the Blog For Food Campaign, a coordinated effort of participating Oregon bloggers, seeks to help Oregon Food Bank (OFB) raise funds to address the rising (and alarming) levels of hunger and food insecurity in the state. Sadly, Oregon has joined the ranks of four other states (Mississippi, Maine, […]
Part 6: The USDA rolled out its first proposal for national organic standards in late 1997 and within weeks the verdict was decisive: universal repudiation, to put it mildly.
January 31, 2010 Good news for the Wallace Center in Little Rock, AR. They have been awarded a $900,000 grant by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help run the Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development Center (HUFED). “The purpose of the HUFED Center grant program is to establish and support a Healthy […]
January 25, 2010 From the Obama Foodorama blog: “President Obama today announced his intent to nominate Dr. Elisabeth Hagen as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Food Safety. Hagen will serve with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.” h/t @obamafoodorama Go to Original Post…