Category Archive for: ‘Farms’

  • A Local Industry?

    When the USDA adopted an official “organic” label, the decision was a bittersweet mixture of successes and setbacks for the real food movement. On one hand, the glossy sticker on organic produce has provided a visual shorthand for harried eaters to make smarter food purchases. [...]

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  • A New Era for Civil Rights?

    After only his first month in the Obama administration, newly-appointed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack delivered some unexpected words before a group from the Federation of Southern Cooperatives (FSC) and the Land Assistance Fund: “Some folks refer to USDA as the last plantation, and it [...]

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  • Rural Reserves

    Image courtesy of Flickr user GeoFX After watching last night’s preview screening of Food, Inc, the pressing question from those in attendance was, “How can we affect policy change that will help small farmers?” In response, Steve Cohen, of Portland’s Food Policy Council, implored the [...]

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