Twinkies, Carrots, and Farm Policy Reality | Civil Eats
An agricultural economist writes that treating Twinkies and carrots as the beginning and end of farm subsidies discussions distracts from a useful discourse.
To Build a Progressive Populism, Look to Farm Country | Civil Eats
With their sights now firmly trained on 2018, Democratic strategists and liberal pundits have an opportunity to re-think populism and redefine it to better include farmers and rural communities. Many Democrats still can’t figure out how to approach white rural residents, who are too often cast as irredeemable hillbillies responsible for the election of Donald […]
Bipartisan Bill Might Seed the Future of Organic Farming | Civil Eats
Advocates say doubling funding for the USDA’s organic agriculture research program will help farmers and ranchers to meet demand and remain competitive.
Kids with School Lunch Debt Still Face Lunch-Shaming, Despite Outrage | Civil Eats
A recent review of school districts’ policies about feeding students with lunch debt finds slow and inconsistent change in ending lunch shaming.
Farmers’ Markets are Beloved, but the Government May Cut Their Funding | Civil Eats
Farmers’ market proponents are fighting to preserve a federal program that helps farmers grow their businesses by selling at farmers’ markets.
Opinion: With Organic, the USDA Should Side with Science | Civil Eats
Aquaponic farm advocate Marianne Cufone argues that the time is right for the USDA to expand the types of crops that can earn the organic label.
Maine’s New Food Sovereignty Law Gets a Last-Minute Overhaul | Civil Eats
The changes to Maine's ‘Food Freedom’ law aim to appease federal regulators and address fears that it will lead to more regulation, not less.
As NAFTA Re-Negotiation Stalls, Family Farmers Lose Hope | Civil Eats
Despite promises to make trade work better for American agriculture, the free-trade negotiations don’t seem to be bringing good news for family farmers.
Ben & Jerry’s Pledges to Protect Dairy Workers’ Rights | Civil Eats
The ice cream company signed a “Milk with Dignity” agreement with Migrant Justice to bring fair working conditions to Vermont’s dairy industry.
Congress Could Cut Soda and Candy from SNAP, but Big Sugar is Pushing Back | Civil Eats
Proposed rules would keep recipients from buying soda and junk food with SNAP dollars but sugar lobbyists are spending big to maintain the status quo.