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Lisa Munniksma: The News Hog
The News Hog 
Get the facts (and opinions) about what's happening outside of your farm gates. From Washington to your city hall, decisions are being made that affect your farm and food system. Diseases and discoveries are changing the face of small-scale farming. Former Hobby Farms editor Lisa Munniksma writes about these breakthroughs, issues and legislation—from the serious to the ridiculous—to help you take action in your community.

10/01/2014 - How Safe Are Foster Farms' Chickens?
Outbreaks of salmonella and listeria. Brutal beatings. What’s happening at a West Coast chicken processor makes me question its claim to humane.

09/30/2014 - Monsanto's Magically Appearing GM Wheat
First unauthorized Roundup-resistant wheat was found growing in Oregon, and now it's in Montana—and it's all illegal.

09/23/2014 - Food Forward: Television That Won't Rot Your Brain
Most reality TV has me reaching for the "off” button, but this is one show I can get behind.

09/19/2014 - Save Yourself: Save Your Seeds
For the next 30 days, Vandana Shiva is calling sustainable farmers around the world to fight for the right to save seeds.

09/16/2014 - 4 Things PETA’s Chicken Video Game Got Wrong
PETA hopes its "I, Chicken” virtual reality experience will turn chicken eaters into vegans, but it leaves us in the real world wanting more.

09/09/2014 - 5 Ways to Slow Your Bacon
As Slow Food USA revs up their Slow Meat campaign, here are five things in the works to help both farmers and consumers care about the meat they eat.

09/02/2014 - Let Us Grow Up to Be Farmers
If you want to be a small-scale farmer, don’t be fooled—you’ll put in many hours to make a living, but there are small glimmers of hope we can make this lifestyle work.

08/26/2014 - Yes, People Eat Bugs—So Why Don’t You Farm Them?
Eating insects is really a thing—technically called entomophagy—and farmers, now’s your chance to jump in on this emerging market.

08/19/2014 - Is Ebola Coming to a Barn Near You?
With a tragic Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, consider the possibility of this disease among your pigs.

08/12/2014 - Toledo-Area Farmers Provide Water to Zoo Animals
When a harmful algal bloom caused a lock-down of Toledo’s water supply, who came to the rescue? Farmers, of course!

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