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Food and Agriculture

As the actual environmental and economic costs of the industrial agricultural system become more evident, we are seeing many new campaigns to regain control over what we eat—food safety initiatives, local food movements, fights against genetically modified food and destructive trade policies, and the Slow Food movement.

July 12, 2007

Ethanol’s Dissonant Sounds: A Dirge for the Commons

A visit to an ethanol plant shows both sides of this controversial subject.
July 7, 2007

A Commons-Defining Bill

U.S. farm policy exerts a huge influence on food issues around the world.
June 27, 2007

A Chef Goes After a “Knockoff” Restaurant and Recipes

Can a cuisine or a restaurant concept be copyrighted?
March 6, 2007

Starbucks, Trademarks and Coffee Colonialism

Starbuck's trademarks names of Ethiopian coffee regions before Ethiopians can get there.
February 27, 2007

A Landmark Food Sovereignty Forum in Mali

Farmers from around the world rally under the banner of food sovereignty.
January 30, 2007

The Mexican Corn Crisis

Mexico's corn crisis sheds light on the human dimension of free-trade policies.
January 28, 2007

Building a Slow Food World

Noted Philadelphia restaurateur Judy Wicks reports from a worldwide gathering of the slow food movement.
December 1, 2006

The Strange "Economics" Of Breast Milk

The strange "economics" of breast milk raise concerns about the commodification of almost everything.
November 17, 2006

The Seed Gestapo And Third World Farmers

A Filipino farmer is drug into court for breeding his own seeds.
October 11, 2006

In Search of the 100-Mile Meal

The local food movement gains ground.