So much for committing to fewer antibiotics on farms

In recent years, humans have faced an explosion of antibiotic-resistant disease and some really excellent investigative journalism exploring the causes, including not just the overuse of antibiotics in medical treatment, but also their applications in farming, where they’re used to treat and prevent infection and as growth promoters. This has created problems ranging from chicken […]

Why Is Safe Food Not A Human Right?

At the turn of the 20th century, food was an unregulated wilderness. Anyone could package anything and sell it, whether it was wholesome, toxic, poisonous, or merely dubious; you could package up some cocaine and morphine in a jar and call it a tonic, sell tomatoes picked by farmhands with hepatitis-covered hands, and market poison […]

What Happened with Ag-Gag Laws in 2013?

Last year, I took a look at ag-gag laws, a dangerous and growing trend across the US. For those not familiar with the subject, these state-by-state laws limit the ability to enter agricultural facilities and discuss what’s found inside, with the explicit purpose of targeting animal welfare organisations, investigative journalists, and animal rights activists. They […]

Whither the FDA?

In the last few years, the United States has witnessed a number of severe outbreaks of food-borne illness, some of which resulted in deaths. Many originated on single farms with products that quickly spread through the food supply, thanks to the highly distributed nature of the food system in the United States; grow peanuts in […]

The Raw Milk Underground

Raw milk has become a fascinating flashpoint of agricultural rebellion in the United States. In some states, it’s explicitly illegal; you cannot buy or sell raw milk, period, end of story. In others, it’s legal and regulated, to varying degrees. And it comes with its own sets of evangelists on both sides, the people who […]