The American Farmland Trust has started a contest to recognize farmers markets. It starts with shoppers, who can help their market win recognition by pledging to spend a certain amount.
Here’s a temperate report that rounds up the reasons to rein in the mass production of government-subsidized beef.
It doesn’t promote an all-or-nothing approach (i.e., it’s not a vegetarian advocacy piece), but it does argue that beef production is out of control and urges Americans and other big beef producers to evaluate the damage caused by these systems.
As Congress considers the latest Farm Bill, which will surely contain gobs of money for the row crops that support livestock, but perhaps more than before to prop up fruit and vegetable farmers, this is a 2010 graphic that brings it all into perspective: