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The USDA steps up its investment in regional food systems

The USDA steps up its investment in regional food systems

After decades of intense consolidation and globalization, rebuilding food systems that are rooted in and built to serve smaller geographic regions is no simple project.

Op-ed: One year in, where Vilsack's USDA stands on 10 key measures

Op-ed: One year in, where Vilsack's USDA stands on 10 key measures

In the first year of his second stint as Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack has made some progress on important issues, but there are other areas where the department is lagging.
Sophia Murphy, Ben Lilliston: The New York Times took on the food system. Here's what they missed

Sophia Murphy, Ben Lilliston: The New York Times took on the food system. Here's what they missed

A trio of new videos offered a rare attempt to call out agribusiness and the factory farm system of meat and dairy production—but rural and farm voices working outside Big Ag were left unheard.
What is the future of organic?

What is the future of organic?

In the era of climate change, organic agriculture is about to win—or lose—big.
Where is the water going?

Where is the water going?

Small farmers struggle as ag titans wheel water for profit.

Water war: Is big agriculture killing Brazil's traditional farmers?

Water war: Is big agriculture killing Brazil's traditional farmers?

As streams and springs dry up, subsistence farmers in Brazil’s western Bahia are struggling to survive. They blame big agriculture for stealing their water for irrigation. But as climate change accelerates and drought increases, scientists disagree on who or what is to blame.
Just a few companies control the meat industry. Can a new approach to monopolies level the playing field?

Just a few companies control the meat industry. Can a new approach to monopolies level the playing field?

The Biden administration is taking steps to give power back to small farmers and processors. Advocates say it’s a ‘monumentous’ step toward upending consolidation in beef, pork, and poultry.
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