Industrial Agriculture

The Debt Treadmill for Chicken Farmers

Raising chickens is not what it used to be, as debt-laden farmers have been attempting to tell us for some years now; Carole Morrison, featured in Food Inc., comes to mind, as does Craig Watts, a former contract producer for Purdue, who blew the whistle on industry practices in 2014.

Take a look at the Rural Advancement Foundation International’s (RAFI) new infographic about the plight of contract poultry producers, then wander over to RAFI’s webpage to view Sally Lee’s detailed analysis, What Debt in Chicken Farming Says About American Agriculture.

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Seven reasons why the World Bank’s plan for agriculture will not help small farmers

A recent critique of the World Bank’s recent plan for agriculture in the near term, co-authored by Caiti Hachmeyer of Sebastopol’s Red H Farm. Seven reasons why the World Bank’s plan for agriculture will not help small farmers Food First | 11.20.2015 Download this Backgrounder By Eric Holt-Giménez, Justine Williams, Caitlin Hachmyer After ignoring small…

Sign the Soil Not Oil Pledge & Spread the Word

A Message from the Soil Not Oil Coalition: Dear Friends and Allies, Building off the momentum from the success of the Soil Not Oil Conference, we are reaching out to invite you to support THE SOIL NOT OIL PLEDGE, as part of our ongoing campaign in defense of soils worldwide. (Please forward widely) Original Authors: Dr. Vandana…

Raj Patel on the High Cost of Industrial Food Production

Graph: Negative environmental externalities across 11 sectors From the KPMG International report, A New Vision of Value: Connecting corporate and societal value creation. Graph cited by Raj Patel at the 2015 UVM Food Systems Summit.    Transcript of Patel’s comments regarding this graph: If we’re relying on the private sector to do something for us,…

Slow Food Founder Carlo Petrini on WHO Cancer Study – Eat Less Meat, Skip the Hysteria

As the mainstream corporate media outlets highlight the WHO study released last week, Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini offers a succinct and rational response – eat less meat, skip the hysteria. Petrini: “Let’s eat less meat, but avoid cheap scaremongering” 28 October 2015 Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini responds to the WHO study… The fact…

The Egg Beat: Skyrocketing Prices, American Egg Board Tries to Crush Vegan Competitors & A Poultry Flu Apocalypse Could Change Factory Farming Forever

Current news on The Egg Beat. The American Egg Board – an industry funded, government-appointed marketing group – was revealed last week to have conducted an extensive campaign to discredit a vegan alternative to mayonnaise developed by Hampton Creek. US-appointed egg lobby paid food blogs and targeted chef to crush vegan startup Reports the Guardian’s…

Farm Aid Collaborates with Dollars & Sense Magazine for a Special Issue on the State of Agriculture in the U.S.

Dollars & Sense magazine collaborated with Farm Aid to create a special issue examining the economic state of agriculture in America today. Featuring: John Ikerd on the failure of industrial agriculture and the need to embrace alternatives now. Farm Aid co-founder Willie Nelson on the need for new definitions of wealth that recognize the importance…