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Politico reported on GOP presidential nomination Senator Ted Cruz’s recent crop insurance flip-flop. Crop insurance — essentially Obamacare for corn — is heavily subsidized. It’s also important to farmers in the crucial campaign state of Iowa. Cruz, whose supporters characterize him as a “full spectrum constitutional conservative” had initially voted to cut $3 billion in...
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We’ve reached peak saturation in our heated national brawl over genetic modification when two major network prime-time TV dramas stumble into the GMO debate in the space of two weeks. Even better, it features two leading men generally taking opposite sides in the discussion. On the most definitely pro-GMO side, Bradley Cooper reprises his role as...
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Wednesday’s handshake agreement to possibly stave off cuts to subsidies to insurance companies for administering the crop insurance program was a master class in how to defend federal turf. Food movement types would do well to study and start to replicate the conventional agriculture sector’s response. It was a wonder to behold. While it’s...
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Let’s assume the nascent “good food” movement had its collective shit together enough to coalesce and organize into a coherent political force like the farm lobby. The Club for Growth has famously hamstrung conservative politicians with its tax pledge and its not out of the question to think someday the food movement could exercise...
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Bad policy, politics and greed are big contributors to our current clean water woes. But as consumers we contribute, too. Farmers and food companies do response to demand. We’re the ones eating all that cheap meat after all. How effective would it be to slap this on billboards and buses in Toledo? The idea would...