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The 2012 drought and food aid

The reports of drought across the United States continue to worsen. Just this week, USDA decreased its estimates of corn harvests in “good to excellent” conditions to 24 percent. Corn futures are hovering near $8 a bushel, and wheat futures have started to rise as well.

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Radio Sustain: LaDonna Redmond on food justice

In today's edition of Radio Sustain, IATP program associate and long-time community activist LaDonna Redmond (pictured, above) discusses food justice, and IATP's upcoming national conference, Food + Justice = Democracy.

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Freezing regulation while the climate heats up

One of the many ironies of the U.S. Farm Bill debate over crop insurance and revenue “assurance” programs was a tacit bipartisan agreement not to say in public four words that summarized major drivers in creating the proposed programs. The U.S.

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'Assembly Required': At annual Food and Community Gathering, calls to foreground justice for workers in food movement

While the food movement gains steam and several hundred good food advocates across the country gear up after the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s annual Food and Community Gathering, it may be worth our while to stop for a moment and reflect.

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Chipotle, please add some farmworker justice to my burrito

Many of us on staff at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy enjoy an occasional Chipotle burrito. Compared to other casual dining options, the company has done an outstanding job of sourcing antibiotic-free meat from farmers committed to the humane treatment of animals.

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Real food and the Minneapolis public schools

Perhaps you were thinking that in this crazy world we live in things never change for the better? Well, if you are a student or a parent in the Minneapolis Public School (MPS) district, you have something to look forward to.

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Ethanol, antibiotics and what we don't know

Alarming research coming out of the University of Minnesota raises concerns over the public health impacts of antibiotic use in ethanol production.

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Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, a tale of Gardens of Eagan and intimacy with the land

Many of us can remember that moment while eating fresh broccoli, sweet corn or kale and we were struck by how incredibly delicious vegetables taste. It is as if we were eating vegetables for the first time in our lives.

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Public agricultural research needs to benefit the public

The importance of the Farm Bill’s Research Title is hard to overstate. It may not have a direct impact on people’s lives as the food assistance programs and farm programs do, but it is a crucial driver in the long-term direction of U.S. agriculture. Its impact goes far beyond the USDA research institutions and also drives research at land grant universities and many other entities.

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Disadvantaged farmers: Addressing inequalities in federal programs for farmers of color

Farming is a business fraught with financial risks, including severe weather, pest and disease outbreaks, and dramatic fluctuations in both costs and prices paid to farmers and ranchers. It’s reasonable that federal policy would reduce some of the risk of agriculture and support a safe and abundant food system.

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