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USDA Introduces New Maple Syrup Grading System To Clear Up Consumer Confusion

If you think people don’t take maple syrup seriously, clearly you have never been to Vermont. While that state already switched up its grading system for the sweet stuff… 303 more words

Dr. Nina Fedoroff Joins OFW Law as Senior Science Advisor

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Nina Fedoroff, a renowned plant molecular biologist, has joined OFW Law as Senior Science Advisor focusing on agriculture policy, global food security and government affairs.   38 more words


The USDA: in bed with breakfast cereal

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for publishing Dietary Guidelines for Americans every 5 years. These serve as the basis for school lunch programs, nutritional recommendations in hospitals, and are held as the social norm for what is considered healthy eating.  1,038 more words


If you like your raisins, you can keep your raisins, by Stucky of The Burning Platform

The government manages raisin farming about as well as it manages everything else. From Stucky at theburningplatform.com:

This is a terribly sad story of a lunatic government going on a crime spree.

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NY Times - Farming Science, Without the Conscience

Last week I wrote about the Jan. 19 article in the New York Times about the the experiments done on cows, pigs and sheep at a USDA research facility in rural Nebraska. 240 more words


New Genetically Engineered Tree To Avoid Federal Oversight Completely - Global Justice Ecology Project

A genetically engineered (GE) tree may already be planted in field tests, and eventually be commercialized, in the U.S. without having gone through any regulatory oversight or environmental risk assessment. 58 more words