Short answers to complex questions from you about food & farming

Question: Are GMO’s safe? (sent by Mike B.)

Answer: Yes*, but……

Although over sixty countries globally require GMO’s to be labeled, the United States does not. According to the USDA, FDA, EPA and nearly all available research*, GMO’s (Genetically…

Short answers to complex questions from you about food & farming.

Question: I buy organic for my family because someone told me they don’t spray. Is that true? (sent by Mindy L)

Answer: That’s incorrect. Organic regulations limit what a farmer can spray, but they don’t prohibit the application (spraying)…

Short answers to complex questions from you about food & farming.

Question: I’ve been hearing that I should give up dairy a lot lately. Why ? (sent by Conor D.)

Answer: The argument most opponents of Dairy make typically falls into two categories:

1. Keeping animals (all livestock-based farming) is…

Why is beef both loved and reviled? Why does it conjure images of green grass and open ranges for some, while others see feedlots and manure lagoons? To understand the why we need to remember two simple things. First that farming is an occupation, and secondly that at nearly $70B…

Got milk?

Plenty, and dairy farmers are drowning in it. Current conditions are killing thousands of small dairies across the country. They struggle to stay afloat, but eventually succumb to the market pressures created by increasingly larger and larger dairies. There’s a new normal in size, and it’s forcing smaller…

There are few higher compliments than to say she was a farm dog. Most words have been weakened in our hyperbolic society, diminishing our expressive arsenal in times of raw experience, stripping us of reserves needed to differentiate the extraordinary. Little is hallowed, but surprisingly those two words still hit…

Photo of Hepworth Farms courtesy of Hudson Valley Harvest

The Farm Bill may seem distant and irrelevant to you, but most likely the last thing you ate was affected by it, as were the meals of the one out of every eight Americans who receive some form of Federal food assistance. You’re probably not a farmer, only about 1%…

A recent headline read “Nearly 207 million eggs from a farm in North Carolina are being recalled.” If you saw this headline your response was most likely “Wow, that sounds like a lot of eggs.” Then maybe you’d check the eggs in your fridge to see if they were the…

Paul Alward

Farmer @VeritasFarms. Working with others to change the food system. @paul_alward

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