Why Does this Pleasant Looking Chap Strike Fear into the Hearts of Executives at the Country’s Largest Food Companies?

Given that Salmonella-contaminated ground turkey produced by Cargill, Inc. had already sickened more than 100 people and killed one, William Marler’s offer to the Minneapolis-based company early last month seemed worth considering: Regularly test your meat for antibiotic-resistant Salmonella, and I won’t sue you. Suing corporations that sicken their customers is something Marler does often […]

The Beltway’s Biggest Scofflaw: The USDA Repeatedly Violates its Own Rules on GMO Crops

 If you want to understand the Obama administration’s cynical, schizophrenic, attitude toward agricultural issues, consider Tom Stearns. He is the founder and president of High Mowing Seeds, a small Vermont company that sells 100 percent organic fruit and vegetable seeds, primarily to commercial growers. The seeds sown in the First Lady’s chemical-free White House garden […]

Dirty Tricks: USDA Funds Big Ag’s Attacks on Environmental Working Group’s “Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides”

The White House garden may be green and unsullied by agricultural chemicals, but Obama’s United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just forked over$180,000 to fund an agribusiness-backed smear campaign against the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Shoppers Guide to Pesticides,” that includes the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of the foods most commonly found to have pesticide […]

Newsbites: Where Have All the Lobsters Gone? Good Riddance to a Bad Pesticide. Is USDA Organic Food from China Really Organic?

● Warmer Waters Decimate Lobster Populations ● Endosulfan Banned: Good Riddance to a Bad Pesticide ●How “Organic” is USDA Organic Food from China Where Have All the Lobsters Gone? On Cape Cod, Mass., nothing says summer evening as clearly as a big pot of boiling seawater and a mess of locally caught lobsters. Thanks to […]

Obama Newspeak: Labeling Food as GM-Free is False, Misleading and Deceptive, even When it is True

If you were hoping that there might be some change in the United States government’s official position on genetically modified and genetically engineered (GM/GE) foods under an Obama administration, tough luck. Last month there was the appointment of big-time GM/GE advocate (and former Monsanto lobbyist) Islam Siddiqui as the country’s chief agricultural negotiator. Now comes […]

Inspector General Blasts USDA’s Lax Oversight of Organic Laws

That faint, “We told you so” ringing in your ears might be coming from the folks at the Cornucopia Institute, the Wisconsin-based watchdog group that has being complaining for years that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) enforcement of federal organic laws was, to put it kindly, pathetic, clearly favoring industrial operations who bent (or broke) […]

To Market! To Market! USDA Offers $5 Million in Grants to the Smallest of the Small Farmers

The 2008 farm bill contains $35 billion in pork earmarked as subsidies to the huge agribusinesses that produce the bulk of our corn, wheat, and soybeans. In comparison, the $5 million (million, not billion) in grants the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) made available this week for the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program seems like […]