Tag Archives: Food Production

Norman Pagett : Cheap Food, Our Grand Illusion

It takes oil, and lots of it, to move our food. Image from Center for a Liveable Future. Cheap food, our grand illusion We built an industrial civilization on cheap oil, but now we’ve burned it all. We only have … finish reading Norman Pagett : Cheap Food, Our Grand Illusion

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Norman Pagett and Josephine Smit : Grain of Truth

Image from UCL. Grain of truth:Our precarious food supply Global food production has been allowed to fall into the hands of fewer and fewer megacorporations, and their aims are simple: to deliver short-term profits and ultimately to control the entire … finish reading Norman Pagett and Josephine Smit : Grain of Truth

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Many Ways Industrial Agriculture Is Making Us Sick

Runoff of waste from farm animals is said to be a source of pollutants in drinking water. Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times.Health Ills Abound as Farm Runoff Fouls WellsBy Charles Duhigg / September 17, 2009 MORRISON, Wis. — All … finish reading Many Ways Industrial Agriculture Is Making Us Sick

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Michael Pollan: What’s Really Wrong with Health Care in America – Corporate Agribusiness

Big Food vs. Big InsuranceBy Michael Pollan / September 9, 2009 TO listen to President Obama’s speech on Wednesday night, or to just about anyone else in the health care debate, you would think that the biggest problem with health … finish reading Michael Pollan: What’s Really Wrong with Health Care in America – Corporate Agribusiness

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Foodie Friday: Food Inc., the Movie

“If we squander the ecological capital of the soil, the capital on paper won’t much matter.” Wes Jackson, President of the Land Institute. Food Inc., the MovieBy Janet Gilles / The Rag Blog / July 3, 2009 Don’t miss the … finish reading Foodie Friday: Food Inc., the Movie

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Foodie Friday: Janet Gilles on Changing Diets

Evolutionary Diets and the Value of Traditional Herbs and SpicesBy Janet Gilles / The Rag Blog / June 19, 2009 As our food supply gets further and further away from traditional origins, new diseases crop up in the landscape. Peanuts, … finish reading Foodie Friday: Janet Gilles on Changing Diets

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Food Democracy Now: Advocates for Sustainable Farming Practices

Dave Murphy, left, director of Food Democracy Now, talks with Paul Willis, manager of Niman Ranch Pork Co., and Lisa Stokke, assistant director of Food Democracy Now. All are founders of the nonprofit organization, which was started at a time … finish reading Food Democracy Now: Advocates for Sustainable Farming Practices

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Foodie Friday: Michael Pollan’s Food Revolution in the Making

A food revolution in the making from Victory Gardens to White House LawnBy Michael Pollan / April 20, 2009 Last month, First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground for a new vegetable garden on the South lawn of the White House. … finish reading Foodie Friday: Michael Pollan’s Food Revolution in the Making

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Agriculture’s Ponzi Scheme

SUBSIDIZED “FOODS”Cookies or Fish?By Janet Gilles / The Rag Blog / March 29, 2009 After World War II, starvation was a real danger, and calories were in short supply. The United States Dept of Agriculture put in place subsidies to … finish reading Agriculture’s Ponzi Scheme

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More About MRSA and Agribusiness

This is a follow-up to an article we posted a few days ago. The big news here is the potential connection between the development of debilitating (even deadly) antibiotic-resistant pathogens and the use of antibiotics in animal feed. Let’s press … finish reading More About MRSA and Agribusiness

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MRSA: A Potential Cost of Industrial Agriculture

One of the many industrial hog farms outside Camden, Ind. Photo: Nicholas D. Kristof/The New York Times.Our Pigs, Our Food, Our HealthBy Nicholas D. Kristof / March 11, 2009 The late Tom Anderson, the family doctor in this little farm … finish reading MRSA: A Potential Cost of Industrial Agriculture

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If We Do Not Change the Way We Produce Food, There Will Be Crisis Within Ten Years

‘Yes We Can’ Create a Sane Food Policy in the USBy Bruce Friedrich / December 6, 2008 Two extensive reports released in April indicate that our current method of devising food policy is broken and that the current system is … finish reading If We Do Not Change the Way We Produce Food, There Will Be Crisis Within Ten Years

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