How Ethanol Became a Wedge Issue in Iowa

How Ethanol Became a Wedge Issue in Iowa

As the “lamestream” media, late-night talk show hosts, and Sarah Palin impersonator-in-chief Tina Fey lapped up the former Alaska governor’s first remarks to Donald Trump’s “right-wingin’ bitter-clingin’” supporters, one of her most hilarious lines didn’t get the...
Why the Chicken Crossed the Road

Why the Chicken Crossed the Road

Thanks to the industrializers of American agriculture, we finally know why the chicken crossed the road: to run away from the factory farm. These livestock and poultry factories are encased in thousands of sprawling, low-slung, metal buildings that now litter much of...
The Ingredient Haunting our Candy

The Ingredient Haunting our Candy

This Halloween, keep an eye out for “milk protein concentrate.” Avoid buying any treats made with it and don’t let your children eat candy or anything else made with this additive. You may not have heard of milk protein concentrate before, but...
Tricky Treats

Tricky Treats

Kids look forward to Halloween all year. They obsess over their costumes, dwell on decorations, and plot how to bag as much candy as possible when they go trick-or-treating. Even though I’m very concerned about good nutrition, I love handing out chocolates to...
Big Food Fight

Big Food Fight

I’m going to sell you something to eat, but I won’t tell you what’s in it. Trust me, the ingredients are perfectly safe — but I absolutely oppose telling you what you’re eating. I also won’t let independent scientists study the...
Tomato Tampering

Tomato Tampering

Some people are too smart for their own good. Food geneticists, for example. These technicians have the smarts to tinker with the inner workings of Momma Nature’s own good foods — but not the smarts to leave well enough alone. During the past half-century,...
Overturning Citizens United

Overturning Citizens United

From tractors, chemicals and seeds, to farmers and food workers, supermarkets and consumers, there’s not a part of food and agriculture that big, often multinational, corporations don’t dominate. Much the same could be said about our democracy as campaign...
Mother Nature Doesn’t Quit

Mother Nature Doesn’t Quit

Rather than find ways to cooperate with the natural world, America’s agribusiness giants reach for the next quick fix in a futile effort to overpower nature. Their attitude is that if brute force isn’t working, they’re probably not using enough of...
Two Heads Aren’t Always Better than One

Two Heads Aren’t Always Better than One

The corporate propensity for rationalizing the irrational in the pursuit of profit appears to be boundless. Consider J.R. Simplot, a giant agribusiness conglomerate whose phosphate mining operations in Idaho have grossly polluted creeks with selenium, a highly toxic...
Consumers Need to Know about Those Newfangled Ingredients

Consumers Need to Know about Those Newfangled Ingredients

Do you care what’s in the food you eat? A quick look at the labels on the products lining your supermarket shelves suggests that most of us do. Many products already bear labels proclaiming the number of calories, the grams of sugar, fiber, and fat, and other...
Cereal Crimes

Cereal Crimes

Remember when “natural” meant things like blue sky, green grass, and food you could trust to be good for you? No more. Thanks to corporate greed, “natural” foods aren’t necessarily wholesome. Even when applied to granola, the term often...
Occupy the Food System

Occupy the Food System

Farmers have been through this before — our lives and livelihoods falling under corporate control. It has been an ongoing process: consolidation of markets; consolidation of seed companies; an ever-widening gap between our costs of production and the prices we...
The Skinny on Farm Subsidies and Obesity

The Skinny on Farm Subsidies and Obesity

Obesity has reached epic proportions in the United States and its price tag is soaring. With one-third of adults and more than 12 million children and adolescents obese, the direct and indirect medical costs of this scourge total as much as $147 billion a year. The...