Op-ed/Commentaries

¿La salvación por el presupuesto?

Published June 19, 2010

Dr. Steve Suppan

Han empezado ya los “audiencias sobre el campo” (field hearings) del Congreso de Estados Unidos (EU) para determinar el marco de una Ley Agrícola (Farm Bill) para 2012. ¿Por qué ocurre de forma tan anticipada esta iniciativa, a pesar de otros asuntos legislativos de emergencia y cuando apenas se ha...

Perspectives on U.S. agriculture and carbon offsets

Published June 14, 2010

Jim Kleinschmit

Minneapolis, June 14, 20101 — Agriculture has a real and significant role to play in combating climate change, both through reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions and through the ability of soils under certain farming systems to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. But these real opportunities for agriculture to...

Don't give up on Minnesota's agriculture innovation

Published May 25, 2010

Mark Muller

Minneapolis, May 26, 2010* — Say the federal government used federal dollars to take development opportunities away from Minnesota and instead create jobs and processing facilities in other countries. Most of us would be fuming. Market forces working against Minnesota is one thing; the federal government facilitating...

Supremely important: Genetically engineered crops

Published May 16, 2010

Ben Lilliston

Minneapolis, May 17, 2010* — Fifteen years after farmers and agribusinesses began planting genetically engineered crops in our nation’s fields, we still know very little about their long-term environmental, economic and social consequences. The Supreme Court is finally getting involved. It recently heard a case...

Farm to School: Growing healthy eating habits in the fields of Minnesota

Published May 13, 2010

JoAnne Berkenkamp

Minneapolis, May 14, 2010 — Of the many strategies aimed at fighting rising rates of obesity and associated health impacts like diabetes, Minnesota’s Farm to School initiatives are a no-brainer. These initiatives show that we can provide healthier, fresh food for kids, teach children where and how their food is grown...

In global climate negotiations: Agriculture not just one more sector

Published April 15, 2010

Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Minneapolis, April 16, 2010* — Any international negotiations or initiatives on climate change and agriculture must begin with recognition of the multifunctionality of agriculture. It is not just one more sector. It is the source of foods all humans need to live and the basis of rural livelihoods; especially in many...

Challenging the Obesity System

Published April 8, 2010

Dr. David Wallinga

Minneapolis, April 9, 2010 — Last month, to great fanfare, First Lady Michelle Obama announced her Let’s Move initiative to combat childhood obesity. Tuesday’s signing of the historic health reform bill assures that more children, once obese, will actually be able to get treatment for it. The bad news is how...

Colonialism is not dead

Published March 21, 2010

Dennis Keeney
Sophia Murphy

Minneapolis, march 22, 2010* — Bill Gates and the biotech juggernauts are doing their best to keep Africa dependent on imported technology, just like in the bad old days of colonialism. In the latest iteration of “the rich world knows best,” it is Bill Gates in the company of the few, huge private biotech firms that...

Commodity Market Deregulation and Food Prices

Published March 1, 2010

Dr. Steve Suppan

The 200 million person increase in global food insecurity since 2006 — over one billion according to UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) — did not result from global production failure or a shortage of supply. Global food production increased on a per capita basis throughout the past decade and...

Commodity Market Deregulation and Food Prices

Published March 1, 2010

Dr. Steve Suppan

 The 200 million person increase in global food insecurity since 2006 — over one billion according to UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) — did not result from global production failure or a shortage of supply. Global food production increased on a per capita basis throughout the past decade...