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Brad Wilson: Brad’s Farm Justice Work Online

FARM JUSTICE BLOGS ZSpace   ZSpace Home Page:  http://zcomm.org/author/bradwilson/  You’re here!   ZSpace List of Blogs:  This went away in a ZSpace upgrade.  I will create an index or table of contents.  FOR NOW USE SEARCH FOR “Brad Wilson.”  I think I have nearly 100 blogs at ZSpace, (and I’ve moved many from La Vida Locavore, which Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Smashing the Illusion ‘Farmer Clout:’ Part II

This is Part II Part I is here:  https://zcomm.org/zblogs/smashing-the-illusion-farmer-clout-a-white-paper-by-brad-wilson/  (Continuing from Part I.) Specific Farm State Data I’ve also started crunching the commodity crop numbers for various “farm states,” such as states where House and Senate Agriculture Committee members are based. For example, Iowa (Tom Harkin, Charles Grassley & Steve King, Leonard Boswell) and Kansas Read more…

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Brad Wilson: The Nature of Grassroots Organizing

I wrote this based in part on my undergraduate thesis, “Power in Interpersonal Relationships: A Synthesis of Popular Approaches,” University of Northern Iowa, Department of Individual Studies, May 1978. This paper was used as chapter 8 of Rural CRA Organizing: A Manual for Using the Community Reinvestment Act in Rural Communities, Iowa Citizens for Community Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Brad Wilson’s Farm Bill Proposal

INTRODUCTION (This introduces and supplements my recent op-ed, linked just below.) Farm justice, (labeled as a “family farm” point of view,) has not fared well against the dominant narrative in mainstream media in the 21st century, or even in alternative progressive media or among food progressives and other progressives, or among conservatives. Unfortunately almost all Read more…

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Brad Wilson: George Monbiot Misinterprets Farm Subsidies 1

(This blog is Part 1 of a 2-part article.) Monbiot’s Pro-Corporate Outrage (Authors note: This is a work in progress which I will further edit as I have time. There is demand for access to it, however, so I’m posting this now. The same goes for Part 2, which begins with his discussion of sustainable Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Exposing the Myths in a USDA-ERS Document

This is a third example of how USDA fails as an objective source on farm bill information, including farm bill history.(1) It’s an answer to a question from email: Question: “Brad, how would you comment on this USDA farm policy info piece?” Carolyn Dimitri, Anne Effland, and Neilson Conklin, “The 20th Century Transformation of U.S. Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Deconstructing USDA Spin on the Farm Bill

Introduction The new blog, “Why Should Young People Care About The Farm Bill?” from USDA’s “Office of Communications,” is a great teaching tool, as it can illustrate how our government supports mega corporate interests while disguising those impacts.  (Link: https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2012/12/07/why-should-young-people-care-about-farm-bill ) In saying this I don’t mean to necessarily assign malign purposes to the writers. Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Farmer Front Groups and the Agribusiness Bribe

(This is an excerpt from: Brad Wilson,  “Smashing the Illusion ‘Farmer Clout:’ A White Paper, ZSpace, Jan 08, 2013.) THE AGRIBUSINESS BRIBE: COMPROMISING YOURSEF TO SAVE YOURSELF? To be a part of such a massive loss of clout over your lifetime and that of your family members creates dilemmas.  At what point should you give up?  What Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Farm Justice and Neoliberalism: Feedback to Julie Guthman

Authors Note:  This is an open letter of feedback to Julie Guthman, who is an academic who writes on food issues in terms of neoliberalism, food justice, race, and more.  I address a number of these themes, including the role of food and farm academics generally. Most recently she’s been quoted for the introductions to Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Farm Studies Illiteracy Test

(A Farmers (latest) Test of Basic Hog Sense) FOREWARD The Farm Justice issues that the U.S. Family Farm Movement has been working on for six decades recently, (and for many more decades going far back into history,) are among the biggest issues in the world.  That’s because the U.S. is the dominant global farm exporter, and has Read more…

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