Articles from January 2010



White House Whitewash: Can the Agribusiness Lobby Kill Small, Organic Dairy Farmers?

   On some bureaucrat’s desk in President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), sits a document that has the power to either destroy the nation’s 1,800 family-operated organic dairy farms or come to their rescue. In the early 2000s, virtually all of the nation’s organic dairy farmers—not to mention the millions of consumers willing [...]

Parsley, Sage Rosemary, and Swine: A Life-Saving Recipe

    To minimize my chances of getting cancer, I quit smoking as a young man back in the Pleistocene era. Because of similar concerns, I’m that lump in the hammock in the deep shade while everyone else is sunning themselves on the beach. My sense of self-preservation completely breaks down, however, when it comes [...]

USDA Red Tape Stands in the Way of Humane Slaughter Techniques and Local, Sustainable Meat Production

I stood behind Monte Winship on a frigid morning last December as he raised his .25-caliber Winchester rifle and aimed at Léo, a two-and-a-half-year-old Holstein steer. In an era when Food and Water Watch, an environmental group, reports that four giant corporations—Tyson, Cargill, Swift, and National Beef Packing—process 84 percent of this country’s cattle, the [...]

Florida Farm Workers Left Out in the Cold

Photograph by Scott Robertson courtesey of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers   Following this week’s prolonged cold snap in Florida, news reports bemoaned the prospect of higher prices for orange juice and crops such as strawberries, citrus, and tomatoes. The state’s governor (and United States Senate hopeful) Charlie Christ promptly issued an executive order to [...]

From Sam Fromartz’s Chewswise Blog: “Atlantic Writer Blames Arugula for California’s Failing Schools”

                                                     The real dirt on school gardens Sam Fromartz, a friend of mine, author of Organic, Inc., and the maestro of the Chewswise blog takes his scapel to the Atlantic’s (I contribute to the magazine’s website.) hatchett job on Alice Waters and her school lunch program. Here’s a sample, but Sam is just getting warmed [...]

A Newport, R. I., Estate Strives to Save Rare Livestock Breeds by Freezing Them

The SVF foundation has preserved thousands of heritage farm animals by freezing their semen and embryos in liquid nitrogen. Should a disease epidemic or other disaster hit the handful of common, highly inbred breeds we now rely upon for food, this “frozen ark” containg such agricultural misfits as Tennessee Fainting Goats, Oreo Cattle, California Variagated Mutant Sheep [...]