The Hand That Feeds U.S.
October 31, 2012
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The Perfect Storm

As the northeast begins to clean up and assess losses in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the unpredictability of Mother Nature is again on full display.
 
This severe weather event is just one recent example of the types of uncertainties our farmers face day in and day out, and it serves as a compelling argument for the importance of ensuring that our farmers have the tools they need to succeed in feeding our nation.
 
Unfortunately, the current lack of farm policy, coupled with high farmland prices, is not only worrisome to established farmers, but could also discourage young people from getting involved in agriculture.

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Eggs: Edible… But still incredible?
by Cristina DC Pastor

There was a time when you could enjoy the newspaper over a breakfast of two sunny side eggs, some bacon, and a piece of toast with butter.
 
Today, it’s likely that whatever you’re reading could ruin your appetite.
 
It seems no food is good enough anymore. Bread has too many carbs, bacon has too much fat and eggs are loaded with cholesterol.
 
Food freak-outs are nothing new, but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous for those being targeted. Inaccurate and over-hyped reporting has brought entire industries to their knees in the past, and now, egg producers are scrambling to make sure they’re not next.

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Healthy Eating Relies on Farmers Near and Far
by Rene Pastor

It’s a refrain heard in kitchens and dining rooms across the land: “You’re not getting up from this table until you eat your vegetables.”
 
To this day, most of us can still hear the echo of our mothers urging, pleading, ordering us to eat our veggies—and for goodness sake, stop trading your apple for a can of Pringles at lunch!
 
But a growing health trend among U.S. consumers is making it okay—cool, even—to eat healthfully, and the U.S. is finding that it’s taking each and every specialty crop grower to meet the demand.
 
Dan Yarnick manages 300 acres outside Indiana, Pennsylvania, where he grows vegetables (beets and tomatoes mostly) as well as grain for cattle feed.

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