Food and Agricultural Issues
Accountability of Institutions
Decade of Agricultural Research Funding at OSU & Oklahoma Farm
Research Funding in the Public and Private Sectors
USDA data for the years
1970-2007 (public) and 1970-1998 (private). (June 2009)
"An Open Letter
to Dan Glickman" (Spring 1999 newsletter article) by James
E. Horne, Ph.D. Also covers market concentration, efficiency, corporate
agriculture, sustainable agriculture.
Concerning Biotechnology: A Survey (short report) by Manjula
Guru. Results of a ten question survey exploring the attitudes of
rural Oklahomans and others towards genetically modified crops and
A Boon or a Curse? (short report) by Manjula Guru and James
The advantages and disadvantages of biotech in agriculture, and concerns
about the loss of biodiversity with the advent of the biotechnological
the Increasing Loss of Biodiversity (report) by Manjula Guru
and James E. Horne. A thorough exploration of the importance of genetically-diverse
crops and the threat biotech poses to biodiversity.
the Increasing Loss of Biodiversity: A Summary (summary of
the report) by Manjula Guru and James E. Horne.
Benefits from GM Crops? Report from the Center for Food
Safety and Friends of the Earth. (February 2009)
Pasture-Based Dairy Literature Review
by Victoria Campbell-Arvai, Michigan State University
This paper compares the environmental, social, economic, human health,
and animal welfare impacts of pasture-based versus confinement dairy
Home the Bacon? The Myth of the Role of Corporate Hog Farming in
Rural Revitalization (report) Based upon research sponsored
by the Kerr Center and conducted by the North Central Regional Center
for Rural Development, directed by Dr. Cornelia Butler Flora. The
impact of industrial swine production on a rural Oklahoma county
measured through financial, population, social and environmental
indicators. Also alternative development approaches.
Citizens Guide to Rural Zoning for Industrial Swine Facility
Waste Lagoons in Oklahoma (report) by Barry Ross Muchnick
and Julio Cesar Teran of the Yale Environmental Clinic. Guidelines
and practical information that will enable communities to go forward
with a rural planning proposal; covers reasons for zoning, strategies,
legal issues, pitfalls, sample ordinances.
Odor and Gaseous Emission Problems from Industrial Swine Facilities:
A Handbook for All Interested Parties (report) by Amy Chapin,
Charlotte Boulind, and Amanda Moore of the Yale Environmental Protection
Clinic. Very readable report addresses the complex odor issues associated
with large-scale swine production, methods for controlling odor,
survey of regulations in the U.S. and Europe.
Odor and Gaseous Emission Problems from Industrial Swine Facilities:
Recent Laws and New Ideas (report) by Amy Chapin, Charlotte
Boulind, and Amanda Moore. Updates the above publication, going beyond
odor problems to discuss economics, clean water, recent court cases,
new laws (in Oklahoma and elsewhere), and alternative methods of
Communities and CAFOs - New Ideas for Resolving Conflict (report)
Confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and nuisance law, right-to-farm
laws, environmental regulations of CAFOs, state activities challenging
CAFO growth, local control, rural conflict, resolving disputes outside
litigation, and mediation of agricultural disputes.
the Impacts of Industrial Confined Animal Feeding Operations: A Review
of the Literature (report) by Mark Lawrence of the North
Central Regional Center for Rural Development and the Kerr Center.
The impact of industrial-sized CAFOs on the social, human, economic,
and environmental resources in rural areas.
The Effects of Industrial Swine Production (speaker's packet)
(Call 918-647-9123 for more information).
Insurance for New and Specialty Crops
by Sam Cameron (from Future Farms 2002 Proceedings).
Alternative Farm Enterprises (fs)
by Michael Chaloner (from Future Farms 2002 Proceedings).
Farm Crisis: Farmers, Bankers and Bankruptcy (report) by
Manjula Guru and James E. Horne. The impact of increasing agricultural
bankruptcies on U.S. agricultural enterprises, especially as experienced
and perceived by small family farmers. Analysis and policy recommendations
are based on case studies conducted by the Kerr Center.
We Really Have Competition in the Marketplace?" (Fall
2000 newsletter article) by James E. Horne. Description of the report, A
Food and Agriculture Policy for the 21st Century.
Preservation through Conservation Easements (newsletter article)
by Anita Poole.
Oklahoma Farm and Ranch Land (fs) by Robert Gregory and Jack
Blair (from Future Farms 2002 Proceedings).
Farmland: Its a Good Thing (newsletter article) by
and Agriculture Policy
to Home: Healthier Food, Farms and Families in Oklahoma (Kerr
look at Oklahoma's food system from farm to table; information on nutrition,
health and food access, along with information about agricultural production
& Drug Resistant Bacteria: Is There a Link? (newsletter article)
by Maura McDermott. How antibiotics are used in agriculture; how resistance
occurs; impact on human population.
Annotated Bibliography of Literature on Food Environments
annotated bibliography of 125 articles on the subject of food environments
(e.g. retail food access, food deserts), authored by Jayson Otto, a graduate
student in Community, Food, and Agriculture at Michigan State University.
to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food
Deserts and Their Consequences (USDA Economic Research Service,
Limited access to nutritious food and relatively easier access to
less nutritious food may be linked to poor diets and, ultimately, to
obesity and diet-related diseases.
The 2008 Farm Bill directed USDA to conduct a 1-year study to assess
the extent of the problem of limited access, identify characteristics
and causes, consider the effects of limited access on local populations,
and outline recommendations to address the problem. This report presents
the findings of the study.
Implementation of the New WIC Produce Package: Opportunities and Barriers
for WIC Clients to Use Their Benefits at Farmers’ Markets
Food Security Coalition, 2009)
This report provides an overview of the
current status of the new WIC Package Rule and the issue of states authorizing
farmers as vendors for the new cash value vouchers for fruits and vegetables.
is My Food Grown? Labeling for Sustainable Production (report)
by Manjula Guru and James Horne. Importance of food labeling in todays
world, consumers right to know, economics of labeling, organic foods
labeling, labeling of genetically modified foods in U.S. and E.U.,
and the importance of having a universal understanding regarding
biotechnologically engineered, as well as organic foods, is examined.
Foods:What do We Need to Know About Them?
(fact sheet) by George Kuepper
Seeds of Change: Food and
Agriculture Policy for Oklahomas Future (report)
by James E. Horne, PhD, and Anita Poole, JD, LL.M. Policy recommendations
covering environmental issues, fair markets and contracts, marketing,
education and research, and rural development. Also: guiding principles,
mission and values of the Kerr Center.
Bio-Engineered Foods be Labeled? (fs) FAQs about genetically-modified
FoodSafety.gov is the gateway to food safety information provided by
government agencies. This site includes links to and information
about federal and state agencies involved in food safety. It includes
up-to-date listing of recalls and alerts, along with information on
keeping food safe, food poisoning, and inspections and compliance.
Case for SRI-- Socially Responsible Investing (report) by
Anna Anderson. The case for SRI, practical investment advice, case
studies of Monsanto, Mitsubishi and Interface, analyzing their social
Conserving Habitat through the Federal Farm Bill: A Guide for Land
Trusts and Landowners (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition,
2010) This comprehensive and practical guide is for farmers, ranchers, land
trusts and other landowners who want to increase wildlife habitat on
Ogallala Aquifer (report)by Manjula Guru and James E. Horne.
History of use, current situation, water quality in the Oklahoma
and Texas panhandles, sustainable development as an alternative.
on Local Food and Climate Change
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) recently
published this annotated bibliography of resources on the connections
between local food and climate change.
Communities: Putting It All Together at the Local Level (report)
by W. Joe Lewis and Marion Jay. Foreword by Ray C. Anderson, Interface,
Inc. The premise: healthy human communities are like healthy ecosystems.
Inherent strengths of communities and how to enhance them; also trends
that erode community strength. Education, agriculture, social services,
health care, and small town businesses are covered.
Where's the Local Beef? Rebuilding Small-Scale Meat Processing Infrastructure
(Food & Water Watch, 2009)
report documents changes in the slaughter and processing industry across
the country, identifies the reasons for the disappearance of small plants,
presents examples of next generation processors, and suggests policy
for rebuilding this sector of the meat industry.
USDA Preliminary Study: Small Meat and Poultry Processing Needs
This study by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a first attempt to identify areas in the U.S. where small livestock and poultry producers are concentrated but may not have access to a nearby slaughter facility. The data create a county-by-county view of the
continental United States, indicating the concentration of small farms raising cattle, hogs and pigs, and chicken, and also noting the location of nearby state slaughter facilities and small and very small federal slaughter establishments.
Mobile Slaughter Unit Manual
(Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, 2010)
This manual offers comprehensive guidance for anyone interested in
building and/or operating an inspected mobile slaughter unit (MSU)
based upon on the experiences and expertise of several USDA-inspected
MSUs in operation.
USDA Mobile Slaughter Unit Compliance Guide
(USDA Food Safety and
Inspection Service, 2010)
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service released this compliance
guide to present recommendations; it does not contain regulatory
Guide to USDA Funding for Local and Regional Food Systems
Published by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Guide
to USDA Funding for Local and Regional Food Systems seeks to
de-mystify some of the federal grant programs most likely to be useful
to food systemsí development work and directs organizations to
specific resources that can help in designing a project and writing a
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