Title Alternative

The Planet, Spring 2002, The Food Issue



Download Full Text (7.3 MB)

Publication Date

Spring 2002


Western Washington University. Associated Students. Environmental Center; Huxley College of the Environment; Huxley College of Environmental Studies

Editor in Chief

Pulkkinen, Levi


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Kate Koch; Associate Editors: Sarah Loehndorf, Matt Bucher; Science Editors: Colin Dietrich, Karl Kruger; Designers: Mary Berkley, Kelsi Giswold; Assistant Designers: Andrea Thomas, Josh Barrett; Staff Photographer: Katie Kulla; Staff Writers: Dwight Angle, Alyson Chapin, Raena Downer, Torhil Dunham, Ivory Firsching, Michael Hatfield, Helen Hollister, Cassandra Howe Tam Huynh, Jenn Jacquet, Amy Kuhta, Jessi Loerch, Jackson Long, Brendan McLaughlin, Shara B. Smith, Cate Weisweaver; Planet Radio Producer: Alyson Chapin; Planet Radio Reporters: Aaron Managhan, Cate Weisweaver; Online Editors: Kate Granat, Kristen Dahl

Photography Editor

Galbraith, Sarah


Brennan, Scott R.

Publisher (Digital Object)

Resources made available by The Planet and Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

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




Publication at Western Washington University

Geographic Coverage

Washington (State)


Environmental Sciences | Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student publication, Ecology, Environmental Studies

Document Type


Subject-Topical (LCSH)

Human ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals; Ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University--Students--Periodicals; Huxley College of the Environment--Students--Periodicals


This resource is displayed for educational purposes only and may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. Any materials cited must be attributed to The Planet, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.





The Planet, 2002, Spring

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.