Jim Goodman

Jim Goodman is a dairy farmer from Wonewoc, Wisconsin.

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Friday, August 21, 2015 - 12:15pm
Truth In Labeling—It's Our Right to Know What's in Our Food
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. A gross misnomer, of course, since the bill's real purpose is to preempt the rights of state and local governments to pass laws requiring the mandatory labeling of genetically modified...
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Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 8:15am
Has Glyphosate Met Its Waterloo?
Can organic farmers can use Roundup® ? I get that question a lot. Society has been told and, it seems, really believes, that as crop chemicals go, nothing could be safer. But that's just it, using nothing is safer. And no, organic farmers can't use it, but if I could why would I want to? It is...
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Friday, February 6, 2015 - 6:45am
The Re-Colonization of Africa
Most of the world's food is grown by small scale farmers. While it is called "traditional" agriculture, it is never static and farmers constantly adapt. This traditional agriculture relies on a varied and changing mix of crops, a polyculture , which provides a balanced diet, is affordable for local...
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Poor wages, trade policies that dump foreign agricultural products into the market undercutting farm prices, and government policy that pushes small farmers off their land—these are the causes of hunger. Views
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:15pm
The Fallacy of Feeding the World
Yesterday I heard someone talking about how the US has a responsibility to “feed the world”. I have a real problem with this, who gave us this mandate? The thought of the US “feeding the world” is ridiculous in so many ways, but more so, it is condescending to say the least, to the rest of the...
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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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A field of corn in Iowa. (Photo: Carl Wycoff/cc/flickr) Views
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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