All week long, we post updates on what’s happening at Farm Aid and in the world of farms and food on Twitter. In case you missed some of those links, below are some notable stories we shared in the past week:
- The battles over raw milk continue, this time in California. A farmer is accusing the FDA of trying to put him out of business. (For more information, check out our story, “What’s the deal with raw milk?“)
- A Maine farmer who is also a state representative explains the hardships dairy farmers face. They’re selling their dairy herd and moving on to other kinds of farming.
- A sad article about the recent increase in farmer suicides in New York, Maine, and abroad.
- A report from a tasting of four heritage breeds of chicken. Do you remember when chicken tasted different? Like… chicken?
- Here’s a profile of Walmart’s new local foods initiative and taste-test of its food vs. that of Whole Foods. Will Walmart save family farmers, organics, and provide local food for all?
- CBS News aired a video report this week on health problems caused by the over-use of antibiotics in livestock factory farms that got a lot of attention from people on both sides of the issue.
- The herbicide Atrazine is banned in the EU, but not in the US. The EPA is now investigating its possible effects on birth defects and cancer.
- Speaking of pesticides, here’s a video with insight from a farmer on the question of whether to spray or not (and picky consumers that want every piece of fruit or vegetable to be spotless and beautiful):
Anything we missed? Anything else you’d like to see on Twitter? Please share in the comments.