Jim Goodman

Jim Goodman is a dairy farmer from Wonewoc, Wisconsin.

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There is a single factor that overrides the environmental, economic, and cultural crisis of rural America - overproduction. (Photo: Richard Hurd) Views
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Bad Farm Policy Contributes to Natural Disasters
Good farm policy works for rural people by stabilizing prices, encouraging the growth of rural communities, and helping farm families deal with natural disasters. This last point is particularly relevant now, as fires rage in the Western US, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods destroy communities...
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Stop Pretending the Estate Tax Has Anything to Do With Family Farmers
The mystique of the family farmer in this country goes all the way back to Thomas Jefferson’s model for democracy. Jefferson centered his vision on the yeoman farmer, who, with family labor, worked a small farm and embodied the virtues of honest and hard work. It was an important idea to a new...
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Peter Whoriskey, reported in the Washington Post May 12, 2017 “The label said ‘organic’ but these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t”. He describes a shipment of conventional soybeans from Turkey to California last year that, in transit, became organic, or so the documentation said. Views
Friday, October 27, 2017
In Organic Farming, Rules Are Not Made to be Broken
Consumers see organic food labels showing cows grazing next to a little red barn and that’s what they want to buy, products from happy cows owned by profitable farmers that respect the rules, their customers, the environment and their animals. And, most organic milk is still produced that way — the...
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
NAFTA Needs To Be Replaced, Not Renegotiated
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must be replaced with a transparent trade agreement that ensures farmers in all three nations—Canada, Mexico, and the United States—receive fair prices for their production, that consumers are guaranteed the right to know the content and origin of...
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Friday, August 21, 2015
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
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 06, 2015
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
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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(Photo: Flickr / cc / Caelie_Frampton) Views
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
"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
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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