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Jim Goodman, a WK Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, is an organic dairy farmer and farm activist from Wonewoc Wisconsin. Encouraging local food production and consumption in the industrialized north, allowing the global south sovereignty in food production and ensuring fair prices for all farmers are the goals of his work. Small farmers and consumers have little voice in these matters, so there is a need to look for the media outlets that let people communicate without being marginalized by the corporate food system.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 10, 2009 Think Before You Eat, Agriculture and the Environment
Industrial agriculture has devastating affects on the environment. The real cost of cheap food will come due in time. While eating local, sustainably raised food can only be part of the answer, we need to think about what we are eating and it's impact on the environment, farm workers and ourselves.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 1, 2008 Will a new Administration give us the "Safest food supply in the World"?
The corporate food industry tells us our food system is safe. 25% of us will get food poisoning every year, obesity and diabetes are approaching epidemic proportions is that what they call safe? No,they mean they can safely say they will make a profit, no matter how many people they sicken.
(32 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 9, 2012 Don't Take My Vote For Granted
The Democratic Party is taking the Progressive for granted. While Romney is the worst possible choice, why should we hold our nose and vote for 4 more years of broken promises?
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 27, 2008 Cloning, Anything but Natural
Consumers should think carefully before assuming that cloned meat and milk are safe. Safety testing was inadequate at best. Who will benefit consumers, farmers? No, only the corporations that own the technology.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 14, 2008 McCain and Obama Need to Talk Real Farm Policy
McCain and Obama will not talk about agriculture policy or food. Why do they avoid such a critical topic, have they heard about the world food crisis? Since both are beholding to the agribusiness corporations that brought us the crisis perhaps they are hoping no one will notice?
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 11, 2009 Centrist Cabinet, Progressive President ?
Why does Obama's cabinet look so much like a reunion of the Clinton administration? Why did a "good food" advocate like Obama pick a "big agriculture" advocate for his Secretary of Agriculture? Why does it look like progressives may not have a voice in the Obama White House?
I wish I knew.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 3, 2009 Change We Can Believe In - Dumping Industrial Agriculture
As the World Food Crisis continues into 2009 we will be told the only solution to feeding the world is expansion of industrial agriculture, Genetically Modified crops and more Globalization. These "solutions" are not the answer, but rather the problem.Studies tell us local regional food production using sustainable farming methods is our best hope to feed the world and protect the environment.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Why Our Food Safety Measures Are Failing
Government regulators continue to skirt around the edges of the problem of e-coli contamination in our food supply.The real problem is a global food system controlled by a few multi-national corporations that value their profits above all else. Huge feedlots, processing plants where workers are pushed to work too fast and an underfunded inspection system. A recipe for disaster.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Just label it,--- let the people decide
Proposition 37 in California will siply give consumers the right to know if the food they buy contains Genetically Modified ingredients. No new burdens on farmers, or stores. Just a simple one line addition to the label.
SHARE Saturday, August 23, 2008 G-8 Clueless On Food Policy
The members of the G8 are far more interested in advancing the financial interests of multinational corporations than solving the problem of hunger in Africa and the rest of the global south. While enjoying an 18 course banquet, they cried crocodile tears for the hungry of the world.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 4, 2009 The automatons of Davos
It was business as usual at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week. Other than the parties and the opulence being toned down a bit, the power brokers of the world refused to take any blame for the world economic crash they had engineered through their agenda of free trade and globalization. The solution to the world's economic problems, more of the same. Trust us, that's the problem, we have trusted them far too long.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 3, 2008 Biofuels, the Biggest Scam Going
While touted as the perfect replacement for fossil fuels, biofuels are not better for the environment, farmers or consumers. Production of biofuels will cause increased food prices and hunger for the poor. They are not a renewable fuel and based on research are anything but green.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 25, 2008 Food Shortage Looming if Crop Focus Isn't Altered
We need to change the focus of agricultural production in the world, move away from commodity crops that are used to feed animals and our cars and promote local food production. We must question the true value of GM crops and the "neo-green revolution" that promises to again feed the world.
SHARE Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Promises, Promises: That's All They Ever Give Us
The G20, long on promises and faux concern for the masses, but never really serious about challenging the corporate control of the world economy. They talk tough, but always end up "dancing with them who brung ya".
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 24, 2007 Who Does the Bush Administration Really Support?
The Administration dismisses anyone who disagrees with their plans for continued war in Iraq as "not supporting the troops" In reality it is the Administration who is not supporting the troops. They instead support the extension of an American Empire and those who will profit from it, all at the expense of the poor and middle class.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Food is Different
Peasant farmers world wide are being driven off their farms by low prices, unfair subsidized competition from the developed North and corporate control of the food system. Farmers like Lee Kyung Hae are willing to die to protect their right to feed their communities. We need to do as much as we can to eat locally and let them farm as they wish.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 16, 2009 The Dairy Oligarchy
The dairy price crash is blamed on too much supply and too little demand. Truth is the dairy price crash is a result of ever increasing dairy imports.The big processors, Kraft, Deans want cheap milk and imports are cheaper than domestic product. Importing dairy from developing countries, thats OK as long as the corporations make a nice profit.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, February 20, 2009 USDA sees a problem, not the solution
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is right, we do need to eat healthier foods, Cutting back on the acreage devoted to corn and soybeans may be the best way to start.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 7, 2009 Why Honor Organized Labor?
Labor Day celebrates the contribution of organized labor to society and the gains won for all workers. The labor movement has always been linked with progressive social movements, civil rights, feminism and farm worker justice.
SHARE Wednesday, April 2, 2008 Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Why You Should Care
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations are a concern to those unlucky enough to live nearby for many reasons. Perhaps more importantly they are an unsustainable part of an agricultural system that by its nature is heavily dependent on fossil fuel, hazardous to the health of farm workers and a threat to the environment.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 20, 2007 Democracy is Too Important
The Bush administration claims to promote democracy around the world, but instead uses force to impose a corporate empire. While claiming the moral high ground of democratic rule, his administration systematically destroys democracy in the US.
SHARE Tuesday, March 4, 2008 Clinton, Obama Trade Debate Rings Hollow
While Senators Clinton and Obama have sparred over the North American Free Trade Agreement, both have cast votes supporting its continuation and neither will commit to scrapping it.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 10, 2009 Obama Needs to Take a Stand on Trade
While on the campaign trail Obama railed against the "free trade" agreements that had cost the US millions of jobs, impoverished workers and farmers worldwide and were, at least, partially responsible for the beginning of the worldwide economic meltdown and food crisis.
Now he can reverse some of that damage by ending the Security and Prosperity Partnership. He has broken enough campaign promises, it's timm to take a stand.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 5, 2008 Apathy and Greed Fuel Food Crisis
The world food crisis has its roots in our lack of caring about our food system. For most of us the shelves have never been empty so starvation and food riots have little meaning to us. Perhaps, if we could in some way, feel the pain of hunger we might wake up?
SHARE Sunday, August 3, 2008 Is bigger better, or is smaller the future?
The current food crisis has many causes, but it is clear that globalization has failed. While the developing world starves they struggle to grow cash crops for the world market. We grow commodity crops and depend on the global food system to provide us cheap food. The party is over. The Green Revolution failed to feed the world, GM crops did not feed the world and so we are against the wall. We must return to local food.
SHARE Tuesday, November 25, 2008 A Glimmer of Hope?
There is a sense of hope worldwide with the election of Barack Obama. To him race is irrelevant and his elections gives us the chance to accept that. Progressives are correct in questioning his early appointments but we must all continue to question, suggest and in general fulfill our part of the bargain of democracy, make him do his job, and answer to us.
SHARE Thursday, August 20, 2009 'Deathers' One, Obama Zero
The chance for a public health insurance option is gone. Health insurance cooperatives may be offered as an option, a very weak one.
Whatever is offered there will be no single payer, no universal coverage basically no real reform. Obama caved and protected the insurance industry.
If you have insurance, get your checkbooks ready,the health insurance industry has nothing in their way now.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 28, 2007 We Have Run Out of Patience
Peace activities across the country on March 17 could be a sign that organized resistance to the war in Iraq is starting. People are tired of the Administrations imperial designs on the world, their refusal to listen to the people and their "you're with us or you're against us" attitude. We must demand and use our Constitutional rights.
SHARE Sunday, February 17, 2008 Clinton, Obama Must Answer to Farmers
Senators Clinton and Obama need to make their plans clear, no more platitudes. We need real answers to farm policy,health care and economic issues. We need to know how you will end the failures we have endured under the current administration, failures that the Democrats endorsed.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 7, 2009 The Health Insurance Industry Doesn't Deserve Our Trust
Like so many other Americans, farmers often lack health insurance and more often than not, those that have it are underinsured. Farm state legislators refuse to put single payer health insurance"on the table".
Easy for them, they have good insurance provided by the taxpayers and they also get a healthy dose of campaign contributions from the insurance industry that would stand to loose the most if singe payer were enacted.