Category Archives: Politics

What the midterm elections mean for ag policy

A little late in the day, but this post-election analysis of ag politics post the midterm election is pretty interesting. In sum, the prospects for reform are not good, but then they never were.

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The good, the bad and the ugly – US midterm elections

The Good: With almost all ballots counted, 61% of California’s voters rejected Prop 23 thus protecting the state’s groundbreaking climate change laws. Voters also swept into office a number of environmentalists including Jerry Brown for Governor (bye bye Arnie) and … Continue reading

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Election day in the USA

These are interesting political times, today is midterm election day – all 435 members of the House, one third of the Senate seats and a swathe of state governor positions and other officials are being put to the vote. The … Continue reading

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A seed worth saving…

Anyone that has seen the movie Food Inc. will be familiar with some of the issues surrounding saving seed on commercial farms. It’s a complex topic that I’m going to delve briefly into, and hope to learn more about as … Continue reading

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Proposition 23 – an update

As election day looms closer, an article in Grist reported this week  that the polls are showing a majority of Californians reject Proposition 23 – that I wrote about a couple of weeks back. Apparently inter-faith leaders, university academics, prominent … Continue reading

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California’s Cash Crop

One of the more common hazards for the cycle-tourist in Humbolt and Medocino Counties is the stoned driver. About one in every five vehicles to pass us leaves a pungent haze of marijuana smoke in it’s wake that fills our … Continue reading

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Proposition 23 – is California’s GHG emissions target under threat?

A little off topic, but still very topical is the issue of Proposition 23 – called the ‘California Jobs Initiative’ by its proponents and the ‘Dirty Energy Proposition’ by its opponents. The Prop. (to use the lingo) will appear on … Continue reading

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