Increasingly, a small handful of corporations control inputs, credit, elevators, processing facilities, and markets necessary to grow and distribute agricultural products. Since the last half of the 19th century, farmer owned cooperatives have provided farmers a stronger presence in the marketplace and greater bargaining power to control the costs of inputs and the value of outputs. These new forms of agricultural cooperatives are commonly referred to as "value-added coops" or "new generation coops." In 1994, 2,200 marketing coops sold 31 percent of all U.S. farm commodities and 29 percent of the nation’s farm supplies. Continue reading
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Ã‚ This happened before, in 1981. But this time the renewable energy industry is in better shape for a fight.
A century ago French philosopher and writer Paul Valery observed, "The central problem with our times is that the future is not what it used to be." He could have been commenting on current events.
Those who say eating local is not always the best choice for the planet are forgetting one very important part of the equation: community. Continue reading
At the federal level: Much of the funding for campaigns comes from individuals who donate money. At the federal level, these contributrions are subject to limits, enacted in 1974 in the aftermath of Watergate.
An individual may give a candidate no more than $1,000 per election. The law also caps individual donations to a political party at $20,000.
However, corporate contributions to candidates for President and Congress have been outlawed since 1907; contributions from labor unions have been outlawed since 1943.
Welcome to the Information Sector. This policy area deals most with telecommunications — broadband networks that move information across the planet at the speed of light. These networks are becoming as important to communities as access to roads and electricity as education, health care, and businesses increasingly need faster speeds.
Here you’ll find news and information on developments that show how energy consumers are becoming energy producers, where governments are exerting their authority to enact new rules that promote an energy system that relies on maximizing efficiency, local ownership, on-site generation and geographically dispersed generation.
Stacy Mitchell talks about the Big-Box Swindle, broadcast on Frugal Yankee, Aug. 14, 2008.
Money is Fleeing Pennsylvania should get a cut of the state’s increasingly valuable natural gas resources By Justin Dahlheimer, originally published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 2, 2008 One resource that could help improve Pennsylvania’s fiscal future during an economic recession can be found under its feet, or, more precisely, under its soil. While the… Continue reading
Released to coincide with the UN’s World Environment Day on June 5th, this report documents the link between climate change and unsustainable patterns of consumption and wasting. The study dispels myths about the climate benefits of landfill gas recovery and waste incineration, outlines policies needed to effect change, and offers a roadmap to significantly reduce… Continue reading
Commentary by Neil Seldman Published at E Magazine.com Alexander Cockburn is a long-time firebrand in The Nation magazine, and before that the Village Voice. Lately he’s bent so far left he’s joined the right. In recent months, his column and online writing have attracted a great deal of controversy based on his assertions that the science of… Continue reading