Tag Archive: farming

Sep 14

The USDA’s reckless plan

The government intends to spread a failed pilot program that decreased food safety to every hog plant in the nation. My friend Jim, a farmer, jokes about bringing a bowl of manure and a spoon to the farmers’ markets where he sells his beef. “My beef has no manure in it, but you can add …

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Jun 26

Figs: A Texas heritage

Lately, I have received a few calls about fig trees and caring for them so I thought I would pass along a little information on the topic that I was able to gain along the way. Figs are one of the oldest cultivated fruit crops. Indications are they were first cultivated about 11,000 years ago. …

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Jun 18

A rotten bacon behemoth: If a Chinese company’s bid to acquire Smithfield goes through, consumers and farmers will suffer.

American consumers may not even notice the change if a newly proposed takeover by China’s largest meat processor of our nation’s leading pork company goes through. But the $4.7 billion transaction would certainly show up on our plates: in the form of farmer exploitation, more factory farms, and a more complicated supply chain that increases …

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