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Politics of the Plate: Ground Zero for Swine Flu

Recent reports indicate that the emerging epidemic could be linked to unsanitary conditions at a factory hog farm.
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Politics of the Plate: Oh, Deer

In the name of food safety, California farmers have been waging a needless war against native wildlife.
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Organic Milk Overload

The growth of the organic-food market has hit a recession-related roadblock—the downward spiral of overproduction and lower prices.
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Charlie Johnson’s Open Letter on Organic Milk

As long as there are children going to bed hungry and arriving to school hungry, there is no such thing as a surplus.
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Egg Economics

Perhaps some things in life shouldn’t be cheaper by the dozen. A North Carolina chef takes a look at the real cost of food—and flavor.
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Politics of the Plate: Planting Rumors

A new piece of federal legislation has sustainable-food advocates worried that backyard gardening and farmers markets are under siege. Are they really?
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Politics of the Plate: McDonald’s Eggs to Go Cage-Free?

The Humane Society plans to put the squeeze on the fast-food giant over its use of eggs from caged chickens.
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Politics of the Plate: Drug Bust

Roughly 70 percent of the total antibiotics used in the United States are consumed by healthy farm animals—but a new bill would restrict the drugs’ use to cases where the animal is sick....
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Politics of the Plate: So Now Who’s the Chicken?

For the first time, the EPA is going to enforce federal pollution regulations governing chicken manure—and agribusiness interests don’t seem happy about it.
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Politics of the Plate: Blowin’ in the Wind

A recent EPA ruling cracks down on particulate emissions—also known as dust—from farms, and agricultural industry groups are up in arms.
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