It’s no surprise when pro-industrial agricultural organizations fight to keep the status quo. Yet, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) capitulated in July to trade organizations like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and their political representatives, retracting an endorsement of Meatless Mondays, a controversy began. The Meatless Mondays debate however isn’t the only example of how big animal agriculture is on the defense. In recent months similar controversies involving the National Pork Producers Council and the Animal Agricultural Alliance, while less publicized, seem to illustrate that big animal ag is losing their footing and plan to fight big time for their position.
After the Underground Market was shut down in July 2011 by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) because its sellers were not compliant with local and state regulations, small food businesses took a hit. Now Underground Market founder and creator of ForageSF, Iso Rabins, is attempting to help these businesses go legal with Forage Kitchen. Read more