When the apocalypse arrives, it will be led by naked Hollywood animal rightists with a chicken burrito in one hand and an organic hemp leash attached to a three-legged cat in the other.
Walmart, the elephant of American food retailing, announced April 10 that it plans to bring its clout, cash and vegetable crispers to the American pea patch this year and bigfoot...
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The March 31 front page of almost every daily newspaper in the world featured dire headlines for a story made public the night before by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change "Climate change already affecting food supply," announced The Guardian in England. "Worst is Yet to Come," noted that day's New York Times. "UN panel: Warming worsen food, hunger problems," headlined the Associated Press story sent member news organizations. Indeed, the U.N.
Members of Congress are finally getting around to reading the farm bill they approved late this winter after three years of gum bumping, chest beating and finger pointing. Their big...
USDA has recalled an astounding 12.6 million lbs. of various beef, egg, chicken, pork or meat-containing products due to unsafe or questionable quality in the first nine weeks this year.
When Vladimir Putin sent his nation's armed, but unmarked, troops into sovereign territory of Ukraine, he became the latest in a long line of Russian Little Big Men to punch Eurasia's famed breadbasket in the gut. First came the imperial czars, then the revolutionary Bolsheviks and, right behind them and most brutally, Soviet leader Josef Stalin. And now, from those sinister shadows, springs Putin, often described as a 20th-century thinker with a 19th-century vision of empire living in a 21st-century world.
The tall, mostly dead red oak on the eastern edge of the farmette still stands this late, long winter, saved mostly by this late, long winter. The majestic, strong-armed tree, my age or a little more, had a date with the saw and maul as soon as the weather turned cold. Deep snow and face-cracking cold, however, kept the aging sawyer closer to the wood stove where that oak would, sooner or later, meet its ashy end than to the tree itself.
No one confirmed the farm bill's estimated $23 billion in savings (according to the bill's writers) over the 2008 law or the lesser, $16 billion in savings calculated by the Congressional Budget Office.
Richard B. Berman operates phony, shell non-profit groups that are billed for services by his for-profit company.