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…

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…

Brad Wilson: Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack: Exactly Wrong on the Senate Farm Bill

 This is a side-by-side rebuttal of (Democratic) Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack’s spin about the (Democratic) Senate’s Farm Bill that passed earlier this summer. Please don’t take this out of context. The Democrats are consistently better than the Republicans on the lesser issues of the farm bill, (and were great historically, prior to 2002, on the Read more…

Brad Wilson: Unique US Role in Fixing the LDC Food Poverty Crisis

We farm and food activists in the US have a unique responsibility to advocate for solutions to the global food poverty crisis. We, here in the US, better know some key facts about that crisis, facts that are not as well known in other countries for important historical reasons. On average, Least Developed Countries are Read more…

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…

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. In saying this I don’t mean to necessarily assign malign purposes to the writers. What they’re portraying Read more…

Brad Wilson: Corn is the Biggest Farm Bill Loser, and Other Surprises

Introduction Most of what we hear about the farm bill is that commodity farmers are the winners and that corn is “King.” That’s based upon the Farm Subsidy Database, and the accompanying analysis by the Environmental Working Group. It’s all false, because it’s based upon too little data and a lack of appropriate standards for Read more…

Brad Wilson: Biofuels Fail as a Farm Bill Substitute

Some History Biofuels are criticized for a variety of reasons. Here I focus on the impact of ethanol on corn prices (biodiesel on soybean prices). Numerous food films, books, blogs, and videos have highlighted the problems associated with cheap corn and other cheap farm prices. Corn prices, for example, were below the full costs of Read more…

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 link to the longer article is temporarily not working, and is being fixed.  BW, 10/6/15) THE AGRIBUSINESS BRIBE: COMPROMISING YOURSEF TO SAVE YOURSELF? To be a part of such a massive loss of clout over your lifetime Read more…

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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