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Alli Condra

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Balancing the Scales: Food ‘Sovereignty’ and Food Safety

The movement to shift control of food systems to local governments and local communities, sometimes referred to as “food sovereignty,” has gained increased notoriety with the recent lawsuit filed against raw milk producer Dan Brown in Blue Hill, Maine.  “Food sovereignty,” as a concept and movement, is not new nor is it defined by local… Continue Reading

Maine’s Local Food Ordinances Tested

On November 3, the state of Maine filed a lawsuit against raw milk producer Dan Brown for allegedly selling raw milk without a license and for not labeling the raw milk as unpasteurized.  The complaint identifies five separate instances in which an inspector from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Resources observed Brown… Continue Reading

Why Fruits, Vegetables Are Excluded from Farm Subsidies

There has been a lot of talk recently about federal farm subsidies, including whether the Super Committee is going to cut them to aid in reducing the federal deficit; whether these subsidies are contributing to growing health problems; and, whether the government is being inconsistent in encouraging us to eat more fruits and vegetables while… Continue Reading

A Rose by Any Other Name: The Food ‘Dialogues’

“O, be some other name! What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  – Romeo and Juliet On Sept. 22 the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) hosted four “Food Dialogues” in major agricultural production and policy areas to, in their own words, answer consumers’… Continue Reading

Harvard Steps Up to the Healthy Eating Plate

Just a few short months after the U.S.Department of Agriculture unveiled its new food guide MyPlate, nutrition experts at Harvard’s School of Public Health and Harvard Health Publications released their own guide, Healthy Eating Plate.    While MyPlate shows the relative portions of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy a person should eat, it says… Continue Reading