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December 14, 2021
Can Farm Collectives Challenge Big Ag?
The pandemic gave co-ops, food hubs, and community agriculture a boost, but keeping the momentum going will require help from policy-makers.
November 10, 2021
Here’s How the Democrats Can Win Back Rural Voters
Democrats have a rural problem. Our party’s failure to even seriously contest—let alone win—statehouses and congressional seats over so much of the electoral map leaves us perpetually behind.
Jane Fleming Kleeb
November 1, 2021
How Thousands of Black Farmers Were Forced Off Their Land
Black people own just 2 percent of farmland in the United States. A decades-long history of loan denials at the USDA is a major reason why.
July 2, 2021
The Real Target in the Supreme Court’s ‘Cedar Point’ Decision
The court and the press talked about “property rights.” But the real impact will be on organizing, and workers’ rights.
June 24, 2021
Yesterday’s Union-Busting Supreme Court Decision Was a Segregationist Throwback
The court’s decision in
Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid
will reverberate throughout the labor movement and far beyond.
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April 29, 2021
The Story Behind Your Salad: Farmworkers, Covid-19, and a Dangerous Commute
Each day, Mexican farmworkers endure a grueling journey to get to their jobs in US lettuce fields. This year, that journey turned potentially deadly.
April 21, 2021
Climate Change and Capitalism Are Forcing Chilean Farmers to Abandon Their Land
Severe drought and a privatized water system have left small growers high and dry.
February 23, 2021
President Biden, Who Controls Our Food System Matters
We need a democratic, decentralized farm and food industry that works for people and our planet. The status quo is not sustainable.
February 16, 2021
Bill Gates, Climate Warrior. And Super Emitter.
The billionaire’s new book, a bid to be taken seriously as a climate campaigner, has attracted the usual worshipful coverage. When will the media realize that with Gates you have to follow the money?
February 13, 2021
Senator Chuck Grassley Pretends to Be a Principled Republican. Don’t Buy It.
The Iowa senator has played “Aw-Shucks” Chuck for too long. It’s time to get him out of office.