Daily Archives: May 30, 2011

U.S. farm bill to favour the big guys

From Russ on the Volatility blog:

“It’s that time again. Farm Bill season is upon us! It’ll actually be an agonizing, protracted process; the unlamented previous House Agriculture chairman Colin Peterson had wanted to get much of the work done in 2011; new and unwanted chairman Frank Lucas says there’s no hurry. The thing probably won’t be done before the election, and maybe never.

At any rate, we’re off to a stuttering, smoky start with the first official hearing in the Senate committee last Thursday. Ag Secretary Vilsack promised or threatened that the next Farm Bill will be “smaller”. This echoes the previously congealed conventional wisdom.

Although most of the rhetoric has focused on cutting the direct payment program, we know that favorite targets will also be the crumbs for relocalization, small farmers, organic production, sustainable practices, and other things which got some modest support in the 2008 Farm Bill. These are already being targeted by the crafters of the Appropriations Bill. Continue reading

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Kentucky raw milk coop members defy quarantine order from Dept. of Health

From David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:

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On Friday afternoon, as the administrator of a Kentucky buying club was setting out raw milk and other food for pickup by members, an inspector for the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness appeared at the church basement storage site.

He presented two pieces of paper: a cease-and-desist order (from the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness) and a quarantine order (from the Kentucky Department of Health Services), and placed “Quarantine” notices on each of several coolers containing 76 half gallons of milk. (See the quarantine order above.) Continue reading

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Edible RFID tags to trace food products

From Amar Toor on Engadget.com

Edible RFID tags could track food during digestion. Picture via Engadget.com

RFID tags are already used to trace everything from poker chips to hotel towels, but what if these little pellets were embedded directly within your lunch, providing everything you’d ever wanna know about that ham sandwich you’re about to beast? That’s the idea behind NutriSmart — a food tracking system that revolves around edible RFID tags. Continue reading

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GMOs and the organic movement

Click image above to download a 12 page PDF version of the report

(May 25, 2011) A 12-page report on The Organic Movement was published today as a circular in the Washington Post. Offering a current look at the inspiring growth and success of the organic movement, the circular also considers some of the challenges we face. It includes an article on GMOs by Non-GMO Project Executive Director Megan Westgate. The report is expected to reach over 2 million readers. Continue reading

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