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How Big Ag Erodes the Farm Bill's Environmental Protections

The Farm Bill is arguably America's biggest piece of environmental legislation and it's kind of rotten.

If you had to name the federal government’s biggest investment in the environment, would you pick the EPA?

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Food Studies: The Trouble with Land-Grant Universities

150 years ago, the government founded land-grant universities to keep agriculture alive in the U.S. What should they be teaching today?

Food Studies features the voices of volunteer student bloggers from a variety of different food- and agriculture-related programs at universities around the world. Don't miss Claire's first post, in which she explained how a fiction writer from Brooklyn ended up with her hands buried wrist deep in vermicompost at the University of Minnesota.

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Point and Shoot: Is It Legal to Take Pictures of Factory Farms?

As authorities in Florida try to make taking photos of farms illegal, James Reeves traces the law's Red Scare roots and offers some legal tips.

People get nervous when they don't know why you're taking a picture of something. Pointing a camera at the Statute of Liberty is understandable. Taking a photo of a barge or some pilings in the East River attracts authorities. This anxiety is not just a feature of cities. Speeding through Utah one evening, I saw the beautiful skeleton of a wrecked cement mixer on the horizon, backlit by the sun setting beneath the blank Salt Flats. I pulled onto the shoulder of the empty highway with my camera ready to flash. Two minutes later, a man in sunglasses in a black jeep with tinted windows was hollering at me, demanding my camera.

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