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Brad Wilson: Food Charters in Context: Strengths and Weaknesses

(author’s note:  I’ll try to add footnotes later) I ran across posts about the Minnesota Food Charter on the COMFOOD list recently.  At the bottom of the web site were “links” to, for example, work on other food charters, including work in Iowa, Michigan, Oregon and West Virginia.  This blog very briefly raises questions of Read more…

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Brad Wilson: The Farm Subsidy Myth: Scientifically Invalid, Subverting Food Day

SYNOPSIS:  THREE MAJOR FARM SUBSIDY MYTHS DEBUNKED Because I’m criticizing great people acting in good faith on critical issues, I like to try to include qualifications and clear explanations to be sufficiently fair.  This then makes for long answers.  This synopsis skips that, to save time. This blog explains three major parts of the farm Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Smashing the Illusion ‘Farmer Clout:’ A White Paper

A Personal Introduction As a farmer from Iowa, a top corn and soybean growing state with two Senators and recently two representatives on the Agriculture Committees, I’m supposed to have a lot of clout, clout that, I’m now told, has recently been reduced.1  That’s the news.  As a farmer with the “farm” interest, I’m told Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Food Crisis PRIMER

Food Crisis 101 (The Farm Bill, Trade, Strategic Reserves and Related Issues) KEY IATP:  Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy APAC:  Agricultural Policy Analysis Center NFFC:  National Family Farm Coalition CIDSE:  “Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité” (International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity) Ritchie:  Mark Ritchie, Former President of IATP Brad:  That’s me. Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Can X Feed the World? Wrong Question.

Introduction Can we feed the world in the future? Can sustainable Agriculture feed the world? Can peasant agriculture feed the world? Can industrial agriculture feed the world? Can GMO’s feed the world? It’s easy to want to compete on these questions when small farms produce more per acre, (as Andrew Kimbell argued in Fresh) and Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Subsidy Narratives: How Foodies Unknowingly Bash Family Farmers

The Food Movement has taken major stands against “cheap corn” and cheap prices for other farm commodities. That position is very supportive of farmers and a blessing to the entire farming community. The Dominant Narrative of Food Progressives & Others On the other hand, the food movement typically misunderstands the factor of farm subsidies, and as a result, bashes Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Farm Justice PRIMER: A Farm Bill Primer

Farm Bill 101 This project focuses on the biggest Farm Bill issues. BRIEFLY:  Why We Have Farm Bills APAC:  Assumptions of Farm Program, http://agpolicy.org/weekcol/381.html APAC:  Executive Summary 1 page, http://agpolicy.org/blueprint/Summary.pdf APAC:  Exec. Summ. pp 1-7 here. http://agpolicy.org/blueprint/APACReport8-20-03WITHCOVER.pdf APAC:  Reason why we have farm programs, http://agpolicy.org/weekcol/325.html APAC:  Because we lack price responsiveness, http://agpolicy.org/weekcol/248.html APAC:  Total Acreage Response to Price, http://agpolicy.org/weekcol/119.html Brad:  (briefly) Farm Bill Facts vs widespread myths, http://www.zcommunications.org/farm-bill-facts-commodity-title-a-u201cfamily-farm-u201d-view-by-brad-wilson APAC:  Ten Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Don’t Misunderstand Higher Priced Sugar

The sugar program came up at La Vida Locavore (http://www.lavidalocavore.org/diary/4641/oh-the-stupidity-it-hurts) and (http://zcomm.org/zblogs/philpott-bittman-imhoff-lappe-are-wrong-about-tim-wise/). I raised a point that needs further clarification, so here it is, just below this general introduction. Introduction First, generally, the sugar program has price floors and supply management, like traditional farm programs.  No subsidies are needed if it’s run well (ie. if Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Philpott, Bittman, Imhoff and Lappe are wrong about Tim Wise

(Note to readers:  I’m posting this to ZSpace, as the original link is temporarily down.  I apologize for not completely re-writing it.  I’ve been writing a ton of new stuff lately, plus re-writing material from my various blogs, [a much larger project].  I have included my responses to some comments, as well, and some later additions, Read more…

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Brad Wilson: The Women of Farm Justice: Forgotten by Women Today?

“The farm crisis now may turn into a food crisis in the 90s.” Carolyn Hauser, Donahue show, 1985 “We’re setting ourselves on fire out here, because we’re trying to warn this nation of a tidal wave that has already come across us, coming across our small towns, and it’s coming your way, whether you want Read more…

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