Many of my blog posts notwithstanding I root for big-agriculture. I want them to succeed. At heart, I am a pragmatist that realizes big ag must be part of any solution to feed the world’s growing population. But having said that there are specific things I believe big ag must do as part of its corporate identity.
Generally speaking, pork barrel politics amounts to politicians trading favors to constituents or special interest groups for political support, often as campaign contributions. Pork barrel spending, better known as earmarks in federal spending bills, have surged in 2018. Who may be profiting this year? Smithfield Foods.
There’s a fast moving technological gene-editing technique called CRISPR that’s the center of a yet to be finalized massive patent fight and for which the U.S. government has no current oversight. As Dave Dickey writes, what can possibly go wrong?
ByJohnathan Hettinger/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
Major American agribusiness companies are signaling that a new trade agreement with China, which was supposed to relieve a bottleneck of genetically modified crop approvals, is not living up to its billing.
Dave Dickey writes that until our kids know with certainty that a pickle is a cucumber or that french fries come from potatoes, there’s work to do. Without knowledge about agriculture, informed decisions are impossible.