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Food Fight is a documentary by Chris Taylor in association with November Films.

This film is a must see for anyone looking at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter revolution against big agribusiness.

See interviews with Will and Erika Allen of Growing Power----- Growing Farmers! These are two of the most influential leaders of the food security, and urban farming movement.

http://www.foodfightthedoc.com/

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Comment by Ellen on April 2, 2012 at 9:07am

Well-meaning people don't understand how vague wording can be interpreted by non-smallholding, non-farmer, non-rural authorities.

The key word here is INTERPRETED.

The authorities can spin, interpret this vague new Michigan ISO  mandate any which way they can, counting on the majority misinformed public to not  educate themselves, they still believe  they are being thoroughly and properly informed by the corporate media .

Comment by Ellen on March 28, 2012 at 10:43am

CFOs, or the small family farm, which looks to be the healthier, ethical, more sane? 

Please vote with your pockets to support the local, smaller farmers.

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http://www.ag.auburn.edu/adm/comm/agillustrated/2007/Fall/images/Pi...

 

Comment by Ellen on March 26, 2012 at 9:22am
Comment by Ellen on March 26, 2012 at 12:18am

Farm Regulation in Michigan Could Potentially Harm Indiana Farmers

By Rachel Martin

March 25, 2012

ROANOKE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The Michigan DNR is expanding its Invasive Species Act to include farmers and the swine they raise. A local farmer says it could affect Indiana as well as the culinary industry.¬

http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/Farm-Regulation-in-Mic...

 

Comment by Ellen on March 25, 2012 at 11:49pm

Alert, Alert, Alert!!!!

WTH is up with DNR in Michigan?!

Michigan DNR vs Small Hog Farmers 


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is trying to end small hog farms who raise "heritage" hogs. Even though these hogs are livestock and fenced in like any other kind of livestock, the DNR says they are an invasive species. By April 1st the hogs must be killed without any compensation. Nobody will benefit from this except big factory farms. 

 

All this begs the question, why? With all the genetic diversity celebrated in small scale hog production, where heritage breeds flourish, why is a government entity seeking to squash this healthy variety and limit the genetic pool to only 8 breeds (providing they don’t discover one or more of these 8 are also invasive–see the ending clause)?  Why are they seeking to inhibit small family farm hog production when agriculture and small farms are the happening things in Michigan right now?  The answer to these questions lies in looking at who benefits from this action.  From our inquiries, the driving force is the Michigan Pork Producers Association, encouraged by the American Pork Producers Association.  Hmmm….  Which breeds are allowed, again??

http://bakersgreenacres.com/

 

Comment by Ellen on June 20, 2011 at 9:52pm

Diet guidelines, Farm Bill clash

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled a new plate-shaped food guide icon that encourages Americans to fill half their plates with fruits and vegetables.

As a dietitian, I know this is a significant step forward and could help put a dent in our nation’s chronic disease epidemics. But unfortunately, unhealthy federal agricultural subsidies still stand in the way.

The USDA’s new plate icon and recently released dietary guidelines advise Americans to limit products such as high-fat meat and cheese. But under the Farm Bill, now being debated in Congress, the government continues to subsidize these very products with billions of tax dollars and gives almost no support to fruits and vegetables. Although more than 60 percent of agricultural subsidies in recent history have directly and indirectly supported meat and dairy production, less than 1 percent has gone to fruits and vegetables.

Just as the USDA has given the food guide icon a makeover, Congress must revamp farm policy to encourage the production and consumption of these healthful foods.

KATHRYN STRONG Staff Dietitian Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Washington, D.C.

Comment by Ellen on December 23, 2010 at 10:38am

New doctrine of “coexistence?

 

The Agriculture Department is dutifully drafting a comprehensive “coexistence policy” that supposedly will diffuse tensions between conventional (chemical but non-GMO), biotech,
and organic farmers.

 

There can be no such thing as “coexistence” with a reckless and monopolistic industry that harms human health, destroys biodiversity, damages the environment, tortures and poisons animals,
destabilizes the climate, and economically devastates the world’s
1.5 billion seed-saving small farmers. Enough talk of coexistence.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22240.cfm

 

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_21039.cfm

 

 

Comment by Ellen on December 18, 2010 at 3:42pm

More on CAFO's        Gestation crates??   God-almighty!!!!!!

Undercover investigation of Smithfield Foods reveals factory farm horrors

By Brett Michael Dykes

http://mit.zenfs.com/102/2010/12/Picture-1.png" width="300" height="162"/>If you enjoy eating pork occasionally, you might not want to read any further. But you probably should -- especially as America waits to learn the fate of the almost universally hailed food-safety bill, which suddenly faces hurdles in Congress.

This week the Humane Society released the results of its undercover investigation of a Virginia pig farm that's owned by Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world. A Humane Society investigator spent a month inside the Waverly, Va., facility, armed with a hidden camera. Among the more disturbing findings was this:

Female breeding pigs were crammed inside "gestation crates" so small the animals could barely move for virtually their entire lives. The animals engaged in stereotypic behaviors such as biting the bars of crates, indicating poor well-being in the extreme confinement conditions. Some had bitten their bars so incessantly that blood from their mouths coated the fronts of their crates. The breeding pigs also suffered injuries from sharp crate protrusions and open pressure sores that developed from their unyielding confinement.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20101217/ts_yblog_thelooko...

Comment by Ellen on December 1, 2010 at 11:59am
A good discussion going on here.....Senate Passes Food Safety Billhttp://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/11/30-5

I kinda like part of Two Americas comment...'Homeland Security is a problem in all things, not just for food and farming. Fresh produce should be under the auspices of the USDA, the state ag departments, and the land grant ag colleges, not the FDA where there is a revolving door with the pharmaceutical industry that has a vested interest in people not eating healthy food, and where there is no expertise on farm and produce issues'.........read the rest of hi/her comment
Comment by Ellen on December 1, 2010 at 1:58am
Well...here it is....as posted in Natural News Dec. 1. The Food Safety Modernization Act looks like it's headed to become law. It's being hailed as a "breakthrough" achievement in food safety, and it would hand vast new powers and funding to the FDA so that it can clean up the food supply and protect all Americans from food-borne pathogens.

There's just one problem with all this: It's all a big lie.

Here are the ten biggest lies that have been promoted about S.510 by the U.S. Congress, the food industry giants and the mainstream media:

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030587_Senate_Bill_510_Food_Safety.html#...
http://www.naturalnews.com/030587_Senate_Bill_510_Food_Safety.html

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