Happy Birthday Dorothea Lange

Photojournalist & documentary photographer Dorothea Lange was born on this day in 1895. The shot known as “Migrant Mother,” immediately below, is among the most famous images of the Dust Bowl era in U.S. history. Lange was working as a…

1988 Presidential Forum on Agriculture and Rural Life

The 1988 Presidential Forum on Agriculture and Rural Life

January 23, 1988. Ames, Iowa.

The Democratic Party had five candidates who supported substantial reform of U.S. agricultural policy in order to safeguard the interests of small family farmers. The reforms in mind that year were most prominently embodied by legislation introduced by one of those candidates, Richard Gephardt – the Save the Family Farm bill, also known as the Harkin-Gephardt Farm Bill.

Courtesy of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

Joseph Stiglitz – The Great Divide: Unequal Societies And What We Can Do About Them

Joseph Stiglitz at the World Bank, April 24, 2015.

From the World Bank Live website:
“How has America become the most unequal advanced country in the world, and what can we do about it? In The Great Divide, Stiglitz, argues that inequality is a choice—the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities. From Reagan-era policies to the Great Recession, Stiglitz delves into the irresponsible policies—deregulation, tax cuts, and tax breaks for the 1 percent—that are turning the American dream into an ever more unachievable myth.

Drawing lessons from Scandinavia, Singapore, and Japan, he urges to embrace real solutions: increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy; offering more help to the children of the poor; investing in education, science, and infrastructure; helping out homeowners instead of banks; and, most importantly, doing more to restore the economy to full employment. His is a call to confront America’s economic inequality as the political and moral issue that it is. If we reinvest in people and pursue the other policies that he describes, America can live up to the shared dream of a more prosperous, more equal society.”

WhyHunger’s Introduction to Agroecology

WhyHunger’s new publication, Agroecology: Putting Food Sovereignty Into Action, is an attractive introduction to agroecological principles, concepts and practices, based largely upon the work of La Via Campesina and many other grassroots leaders and social movements.

It features a plethora of contributions from members of peasant and small-scale farmers’ groups from Guatemala, Haiti, Brazil, India, Mali, and the U.S. which detail their perspectives of the promise that agroecology holds for sustainable and fair local economies.

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Happy Birthday to Anti-Imperialist & Satirist Mark Twain

Happy Birthday to anti-imperialist Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835.

As Twain told the New York Herald in October of 1900, after becoming more familiar with the Treaty of Paris and witnessing the U.S. war on the Philippines: “so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.”

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Making Iraq Safe for American Rice

A Brief Exploration of Contemporary Imperialism imperialism: noun – A policy of extending a country’s power and influence through colonization, use of military force or other means.  – Oxford Dictionary. Betsy Ward, president and CEO of the USA Rice Federation, was fuming…

The Pentagon’s Hemp Farm

Here’s a fascinating photo of USDA botanist Lyster Dewey, with his Arlington Farm hemp crop, on the site of what will later be the Pentagon.

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photo courtesy of the Hemp Industries Association