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How a Kansas Town Held off a Tyson Plant

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:42 +0000

It has been a rough few weeks for Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest poultry producer. On September 5, the company announced that it was planning to build a $320 million poultry complex outside of Tonganoxie, Kansas—a relatively well-appointed bedroom community in Kansas City with a population of 5,300. The plant was designed to be a […]

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Along the Texas Coast, Food Banks Brace for Post-Harvey Need

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:00:41 +0000

This article was co-published with The Texas Tribune. Dan Maher is watching the inconvenience of disaster settling in as Hurricane Harvey victims trickle back into Beaumont, a town that is 85 miles east of Houston. As residents make their first visits to lost homes and begin the daunting Federal Emergency Management Assistance application process, Maher, […]

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From Coal to Kale: Saving Rural Economies with Local Food

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:30 +0000

Coal Country USA has seen a very bleak few years. As mines have shut down around the nation, local economies have suffered. In fact, 77 percent of the 196 coal-producing counties in America had not returned to pre-recession job levels, with jobless rates as high as 16 percent in some places. And, while many of […]

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Want To Bridge the Urban-Rural Divide? Start By Learning About Family Farms

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:15 +0000

Ted Genoways wants to challenge your thinking about the people growing your food. Counter to popular wisdom, not all farmers are either 1) selling organic tomatoes at your local farmers’ market or 2) running massive corporate operations. In his new book, This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm, Genoways […]

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Why the Organic Industry is Suing the USDA Over Animal Welfare

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:41 +0000

On January 19, 2017, just one day before President Trump’s inauguration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a rule requiring organic farms to follow a set of improved animal welfare practices. The product of a decade-long process, the rules promised to close a loophole that many advocates had long bemoaned: the certified organic label […]

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Building Portland’s Local Food Economy at the Redd

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:58:45 +0000

When Cattail Creek Lamb owner John Neumeister was younger, he would devote one day per week to making the 110-mile drive from his ranch near Junction City, Oregon to Portland, where the bulk of his customers were located. “I’d leave the farm, drive 100 miles to the processor, pack the order myself, do the invoices […]

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Living on Crumbs and Air Like My Ancestors

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:00:07 +0000

I am compulsive about eating everything I buy, because when I waste food, guilt gnaws at me more sharply than any hunger I’ve ever felt. I’ve always had enough to eat. I didn’t spend my childhood being forced to clean my plate or endure lectures about children starving elsewhere. I fondly remember my father finishing […]

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Nonghwal: Korean Farm Volunteering with Political Roots

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:00:48 +0000

It’s been a hot summer out in Sunol, California, about an hour east of San Francisco, but every couple of weeks, a group of Korean-American volunteers has been gathering at Namu Farm to weed melons, pick perilla, and learn about sustainable farming. Most are in their 20s and 30s, but they represent a broad cross-section […]

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The Fate of NYC’s Undocumented Bakers Could Change the Food Industry

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:00:55 +0000

Last Thursday, a group of several dozen bakery workers, union organizers, and workers’ rights advocates took to the streets of midtown Manhattan to protest the firing of 24 undocumented immigrants at New York City’s artisanal Tom Cat Bakery last spring. Bearing signs in Spanish and English and chanting for a boycott of Tom Cat bread […]

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Playing Chicken with Maryn McKenna

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:00:38 +0000

In her 2015 TED Talk, “What Do We Do When Antibiotics Don’t Work Anymore?” journalist and author Maryn McKenna tells the story of her great uncle who died of a basic infection after a minor injury in a firehouse in 1938. Most people back then, she tells the audience, didn’t die of the lifestyle diseases […]

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