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Brad Wilson: Cap Farm Subsidies at $250,000, or $25,000, or $0?

Should farm subsidies be capped in the 2012 farm bill at $250,000, at $25,000, or at $0? For many reform-minded groups and advocates these days, “real reform” can be found at the $250,000 level per farm per year. The argument goes that there’s a need for government to write checks to farmers, and, even during Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Why U.S. Farmers Oppose ‘Free’ Trade

FARM WASHING ‘FREE’ TRADE There seems to be a lot of “farm washing” of the new ‘free’ trade agreements, the Trans Pacific Partnership, (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).  For example, the public radio program, Here and Now, in a story about how the United Auto Workers oppose TPP, quoted sources claiming that “it’s Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Farm Justice for Beginning Farmers

We’re Missing the Biggest Part  (Subtitle, optional)  INTRODUCTION This was written on the occasion of a Post on the “GOAT” (4 coalitions “getting our act together,”) list about a Report from the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota on the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The report is important, and shows the kind of policy Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Are Farmers Commodified ‘Excess Resources’ to Food Progressives

A new article that has been circulating argues that “more than 90 percent of [the] U.S. could eat food grown or raised withing 100 miles of their homes.” ( https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://faculty.ucmerced.edu/ecampbell3/Locafoodpressrelease.docx ) This is then cited as good for the economy and for sustainability. It’s supported by a map showing where this could happen, with blue Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Anomalies in the Dietary Guidelines Paradigm

Quite a few progressive groups, along the lines of the Food Movement, have signed on to the recent Dietary Guidelines proposal. It’s generally treated as a united front, a no-brainer, with no other progressive points of view. They’ve even put out a full page ad in major newspapers. In contrast, I see it as a Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Review: Add Farm Justice to Food Justice and Food Sovereignty

  Introduction This is a page by page review of “What Does it Mean to Do Food Justice?” by Kirsten Valentine Cadieux and Rachel Slocum, Journal of Political Ecology, Vol. 22, 2015, (http://jpe.library.arizona.edu/volume_22/Cadieuxslocum.pdf).  I apply a Farm Justice paradigm to the views presented in the paper. This is an important piece of work, a well Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Biggest Secretly Bigger in ‘Reform': Rebutting LSP’s White Paper 2

GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES This is a response to part 2 of a 3 part series on Crop (revenue) Insurance in the Farm bill.  It was originally written as an email to someone asking me questions about the paper.  It’s a fairly hurried response, and therefore has the virtue of brevity.  The original is: Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Corporations and Crop Insurance: Rebutting LSP’s White Paper 1

INTRODUCTION This is a response to part 1 of a 3 part series on Crop (revenue) Insurance in the Farm bill.  It was originally written as an email to someone asking me questions about the paper.  It’s a fairly hurried response, and therefore has the virtue of brevity.  The original is: Land Stewardship Project, Crop Read more…

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Brad Wilson: The Room is Underwater: Rebutting Alan Guebert’s ‘Insuring Elephants’

Here’s the original article, to which this blog responds:  (Alan Guebert, “Insuring Elephants,”  Farm and Food File, 12/23/14,  http://farmandfoodfile.com/2014/12/23/insuring-elephants/). Crop (Revenue) Insurance may be, as Alan Guebert argues, “the elephant in the Farm Bill pantry,” but if so, he then seems not to notice the WHALE in the room, and the fact that the whole Read more…

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Brad Wilson: National Farm AND Food Policy, Response to Bittman et al

Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter have been doing some integrative work on farm and food policy issues, as seen in the recent call for a “National Food Policy” from President Obama, in the Washington Post. “How a national food policy could save millions of American lives” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-a-national-food-policy-could-save-millions-of-american-lives/2014/11/07/89c55e16-637f-11e4-836c-83bc4f26eb67_story.html) This is an Read more…

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