Iowa

Protect Interstate Commerce Act Promotes Race to the Bottom

The Protect Interstate Commerce Act is an amendment to the Farm Bill (HR 2642) that denies states the ability to enact laws within their own borders. The amendment introduced by Rep. Steve King of Iowa and incorporated into the current Farm Bill states: SEC. 11312. PROHIBITION AGAINST INTERFERENCE BY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH PRODUCTION …

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In Iowa, exposing animal cruelty could be a crime

People don’t like animal cruelty. And they sure don’t want to eat meat that comes from animals that have been subjected to inhumane and abusive treatment.

In Iowa, they’ve found a way to solve that problem: criminalize folks who expose cruel and inhumane animal treatment. Last week the state House of Representatives passed HF 589 (pdf), and it’s poised to pass the State Senate (as SF 431) as well.

Step Up to the Plate: Four steps for women to cook up a new food system

Someone needs to review first grade math. Talk about an unequal equation: Women make eighty-five percent of household food purchase decisions and own fifty-percent of our nation’s farmland. Women, particularly those over 55, add up to the largest and fastest growing group buying new farms today. So why then have women, historically, been so underrepresented …

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Popeye Had It Wrong: Local, Fresh Spinach Packs The Authentic Nutritional Punch

Sorry, Popeye. Your tin can of spinach just can’t compete with the brawny nutritional wallop from a bunch of fresh greens from a local farmers’ market or home garden. Too bad Popeye didn’t know Angie Tagtow, an environmental nutritionist based in Iowa and a leading advocate championing public access to fresh, affordable, sustainably raised food. …

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