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Island Press Field Notes

Island Press Field Notes blog

By Katharine Sucher / On February 1st, 2019

Farm Bill experts answer: What is the Farm Bill? And why does it matter? 

By Daniel Imhoff / On January 25th, 2019

Both houses of the US Congress passed a compromise on a newly revised Farm Bill this week. This encyclopaedic legislation allocates nearly $100 billion of taxpayer money annually for food assistance, farm subsidies, on-farm conservation incentives and a...

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By Daniel Imhoff / On January 22nd, 2019

Maintaining the status quo in the farm bill might feel like a victory to some, but long-time farm bill expert Dan Imhoff says it still won’t support the kinds of agriculture we need most as the climate warms.

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By Daniel Imhoff / On January 17th, 2019

It is time for farmers and policy makers to jointly create a legislation that provides both for the survival of the planet and allows them to survive financially with ongoing taxpayer funding. There is no other sane option.

By Katharine Sucher / On January 12th, 2018

In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture. Gillam...

By Michael S. Carolan / On September 25th, 2017

Living a day in the life of a strawberry picker can open your eyes to those who toil, often invisibly, so we can eat

By Katharine Sucher / On August 24th, 2017

It can seem like every news story spells bad news for the environment—from the ongoing clean water crisis in Flint, Michigan to Earth's...

By Baylen J. Linnekin / On July 24th, 2017

Maine’s new law allowing cities to set local food rules shows how smart food laws can unshackle small producers and lead to a more sustainable food system.

By Katharine Sucher / On September 15th, 2016

As a regular consumer of food, you would be reasonable to assume that food laws and agencies work to combat things like food waste, foodborne illness, inhumane livestock conditions, and disappearing fish stocks. However, some regulations do just the...

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By Baylen J. Linnekin / On September 14th, 2016

Food lawyer and scholar Baylen Linnekin shares six ways that today's food rules hurt sustainable food producers and consumers.

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