Jim Goodman

Jim Goodman is a dairy farmer from Wonewoc, Wisconsin.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 7:00am
"Free Trade" Champions Betray Us All
Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind has apparently never met a free trade agreement he didn't like. Note it is always a “free trade” agreement, never a “fair trade” agreement. Free trade defines an agreement that has as a first (and sometimes only) priority, the best interests of corporations namely,...
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 9:30am
Will GM Crops Collapse the Food System?
When genetically modified (GM) crops were first planted commercially in 1996, they were just another technological innovation that fit well into the trend of larger farms and fewer farmers. Since weed control was a time consuming task, chemicals that killed the weeds without harming the crop struck...
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Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 10:53am
'Sound Science' Deception
Food is big business; everyone eats. Global food production is about profit. In the North, store shelves are always full. It's cheap, were told it's safe, healthy and suddenly it's sustainable, because sustainable sells.
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Friday, September 6, 2013 - 1:12pm
Passage of Trans Pacific Partnership Would Be Win for Corporations, Loss for the 99%
In the early years of the United States we had, and enforced, strong trade tariffs, it was necessary to protect farmers and businesses from unfair foreign competition. Now, that we are an Empire, we demand free access to foreign markets for our small businesses and farmers. No, we demand market access for our corporations. Trade agreements are written with the financial interests of corporations in mind.
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Friday, December 14, 2012 - 6:43am
Monsanto Gets Its Way in Ag Bill
“The Farmers Assurance Provision” is the title of a rider, Section 733, inserted into the House of Representatives 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Somehow, as a farmer, I don't feel the least bit assured. The only assurance it provides is that Monsanto and the rest of the agriculture biotech industry will have carte blanche to force the government to allow the planting of their biotech seeds.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 8:13am
Just Label It: Let the People Decide
I've farmed all my life and I have to tell you, all food is not the same. No food or farming system is perfect, but as farmers, as citizens, we should not be forced to accept a globalized, industrialized, genetically modified system of agricultural production.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 7:24am
Toxic Algae, Dead Dogs, and How We Grow Our Food
You wouldn’t think a game of fetch could be deadly. But last month an Indiana couple’s dogs died after fetching balls in an algae-infested lake. There were no warnings posted, and only after the dogs got sick and died did their owners learn the lake was toxic.
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Monday, December 12, 2011 - 8:10am
Occupy the Food System
Farmers have been through this before — our lives and livelihoods falling under corporate control. It has been an ongoing process: consolidation of markets; consolidation of seed companies; an ever-widening gap between our costs of production and the prices we receive. Some of us are catching on, getting the picture of the real enemy.
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Monday, September 5, 2011 - 10:36am
More of The Same Won't Save The Economy
Labor Day has always been a day of celebration, of appreciation for the hard won achievements of previous generations of workers. The eight hour work day, the five day work week, ending of child labor, a start on gender equality --- in short a recognition that workers had rights, and most fundamental, that they had the right to organize, claim and protect those rights.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 8:59am
Wisconsin's Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker campaigned as the “nice guy” who carried his lunch in a brown paper bag, a regular guy who just wanted to cut state spending. That, apparently resonated with the electorate. After the election, Wisconsin met the real Scott Walker.
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