The Planet, Spring 2002, The Food Issue
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Western Washington University. Associated Students. Environmental Center; Huxley College of the Environment; Huxley College of Environmental Studies
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Table of Contents
Cash Crop: Raspberries, the major cash crop for Whatcom County, may appear picture perfect in the store, but the chemicals used to grow the berries may be making local residents ill. By Jessi Loerch
Concrete Farming: Dairy farms are disappearing in Whatcom County, yet milk production is increasing. To keep up with demand, farmers are using growth hormones, eliminating grazing time for cattle and building bigger herds. By Michael Hatfield
The Legislative Route: Agriculture is the staple of Washington state’s economy and a new federal farm bill may bring it more money. Some, however, question the bill’s environmental standards and subsidies. By Alyson Chapin
Beyond Mendel: Genetically modified foods are now commonplace in grocery stores. They make farming easier and more profitable, but critics say they put the public and the environment at risk. By Brendan McLaughlin
Origins: An informed shopper can be a dangerous thing, at least that’s what state lawmakers are hoping by introducing a new law that will force store owners to mark produce from the United States and Washington. By Shara B. Smith
A Dying Breed: Farmed fish were a novelty in the early 1990s, now they dominate the market. Because they are cheaper and grow faster, these fish are driving commercial fishermen out of business while endangering the environment. By Tam Huynh
Growing Green: Faced with competition from large-scale farming, organic farmers like Loren Bailey are struggling to create a livelihood for themselves while remaining true to the model of sustainable agriculture they follow. By Amy Kuhta
Regulating the Revolution: This summer, organic farmers across the nation are preparing for new organic standards to take effect. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new rules are designed to inform consumers, but they may drown small farmers with paperwork. By Cate Weisweaver
Living Wage: Coffee is the second-most-traded commodity in the world, next to oil, but the money farmers receive for their beans is at an all-time low. Fairtrade coffee could be an answer to the social and environmental problems caused by conventional growing methods. By Ivory Firsching
Slaughterhouse Rules: When Northwest newscasters aired a video showing Iowa Beef Processors, Inc. employees mistreating cattle, state investigators leapt into action. They came up empty, but activists continue to seek justice. By Torhil Dunham
Supersizing America: Obesity rates in America have skyrocketed in recent years, and the condition may soon kill more Americans than smoking. Some researchers blame the prevalence of fast food in our diets for this obesity epidemic. By Jackson Long
Sustainable Diet: Why eat vegetarian? According to vegetarians, meat is not only a healthy alternative diet — it’s a way individuals can help the environment while helping themselves. By Helen Hollister
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Pulkkinen, Levi and Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University, "The Planet, 2002, Spring" (2002). The Planet. 35.
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