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Food & Farm Policy

Inspiration from FARM WOMEN UNITED — Reclaiming the U.S. Constitution: The 2018 Dairy Farm Crisis

Inspiration from FARM WOMEN UNITED — Reclaiming the U.S. Constitution: The 2018 Dairy Farm Crisis Posted July 22, 2018 As a 67-year old lifelong activist, in 2018 I am finding more and more need to refer to the U.S. Constitution, only to find that the Constitution itself is outdated and unclear on many things—including public […]

FOOD-and-FARM POLICY: MANIFESTING FEMINISM IN ILLINOIS

FOOD-and-FARM POLICY: MANIFESTING FEMINISM IN ILLINOIS Posted May 9, 2018 A working definition of feminism: Feminism is the act of remembering that no humans exist or thrive without the wisdom, agency, and authority of women — as indigenous individuals, as an intergenerational culture (women-to-women), and as the center of a wild species living on this Earth. […]

Welcome to the 20+ year old food-and-farm movement

To public policy think tanks: Welcome to the 20+ year old food-and-farm movement Posted April 22, 2018 A slightly edited version of the comment submitted to Ms. Magazine In response to blogpost by Anna Chu: “Diversity and Snap Decisions: How Women’s Voices would have Built a Better Farm Bill” Ms. Magazine, April 20, 2018 To: Anna […]

FOOD MOVEMENT SUCCESS: As go Food Policy Councils……

FOOD MOVEMENT SUCCESS:  As go Food Policy Councils…. Posted March 27, 2018 Last week an interesting synchronicity took place between two of the national-North American food-and-farm listservs — FPN and COMFOOD. The subject was the success (or lack thereof) the 21st century food-and-farm movement. FPN – Food Policy Networks.  On Monday (March 19), a research […]

2018 Elections: Food & Farm Platform for Candidates, Voters, Media

FOOD-AND-FARM PLATFORM for 2018 Elections Regenerating our Democracy, our Habitats, Ourselves  (PDF) A two-page platform for candidates, voters, and media. Federal: Page 1 Systemic policies and programs implementable at the federal level   State + Local: Page 2 Illinois-specific goals and strategies, most of which can easily apply to other states, as well as to other jurisdictions […]

2017 and 2018 Elections: Food-and-farm platforms, food-and-farm candidates

2017 and 2018 Elections: Every candidate a food-and-farm candidate? Statewide Food-and-farm Platforms Posted July 28, 2017 On June 26, 2017 I posted a query to two of the largest and most active national and North American food-and-farm listservs — COMFOOD (Tufts Univ.) and FPN (Food Policy Networks – Johns Hopkins Univ.). QUESTION Does anyone have […]

Organic Checkoff — NO, New U.S. operating system — YES

Organic Checkoff — NO,  New U.S. operating system — YES Posted April 18, 2017 This blogpost contains two parts: A. My comments on the USDA Organic Checkoff proposal B. Additional resources for learning about the U.S. economy’s operating system — money, banking, language, and democratic process. A. Public comment regarding the Organic Checkoff proposal (submitted on […]