|Farming policy: an end to French hypocrisy?|
Common Dreams - 2/24/2009.By John Litchfield – Sarkozy makes historic move to divert European subsidies from rich cereal ranches to small traditional farms. Paris announced that from next year it would confiscate over 20 per cent of the billions of euros of European taxpayers' money paid to its ranch-like cereals farms and divert the cash to hill farmers, grazing land, shepherds and organic agriculture.
|Who’s minding your food? Surprise! It depends|
Common Dreams - 2/24/2009.By Mary Clare Jalonick – The FDA bears the brunt of food safety oversight, a mission called into question in the wake of a massive recall of peanut products. But at least 15 government agencies have a hand in making sure food is safe under at least 30 different laws, some of which date back to the early 1900s.
|As milk prices tank, farmers fight over parity|
Kennebec Journal - 2/23/2009.Editorial – The phrase "dairy farming" is rarely heard without the accompanying word "crisis." For decades, the country's dairy industry has lurched from one economic emergency to another. There are a number of reasons for this.
Bangor Daily News - 2/23/2009.By Julia Bayly – Fort Kent, Maine – The city of Portland and I appear to have at least one thing in common – we both draw the line at roosters. Maine’s largest city recently passed an ordinance allowing residents to raise small flocks of backyard chickens within city limits. Hens only, no roosters allowed. Among the reasons given for allowing the backyard flocks were access to homegrown food and saving food costs in this time of recession. Saving food costs?