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Feature articles


UN-masking Climate Smart Agriculture
History presents itself first as tragedy,
and the second time as a farce

by La Via Campesina
New York, New York
Published in In Motion Magazine September 23, 2014

Fast Track/Big Bad Trade Deal Threatens Local Control, Family Farms
The TPP Agreement Would Elevate Multinational Corporations To The Same Legal Status As Sovereign Nations
by Jim Compton
Buffalo, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine June 16, 2014

2013 End-of-Year Update
(PDF file)
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - December 16, 2013

Marching Against Monsanto and the Corporate Oligarchy
by James Bartoli
San Diego, California
Published in In Motion Magazine June 3, 2013

Enough Of These Crises!
From the Growing Discussion About Food
by Nic Paget-Clarke
San Diego, California
Published in In Motion Magazine June 3, 2013

What Is The Growing Discussion About Food?
by James Bartoli
San Diego, California
Published in In Motion Magazine February 10, 2013

Our Position -- On Livestock, Rural Communities & the Economy
(Also available as a PDF version)
by Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine November 18, 2012

Surin Declaration:
First Global Encounter on Agroecology and Peasant Seeds
Surin, Thailand
Published in In Motion Magazine November 16, 2012

Convention on Biological Diversity:
Farmers Demand an End to the Commercialization of Biodiveristy, GM Seeds and Synthetic Biology
by La Vía Campesina

Hyderabad, India
Published in In Motion Magazine November 3, 2012

Combatting Monsanto
Grassroots resistance to the corporate power of agribusiness in the era of the ‘green economy’ and a changing climate"
by Joseph Zacune
with contributions from activists around the world
La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International, Combat Monsanto
Published in In Motion Magazine May 6, 2012

Interview with John Kinsman
President of Family Farm Defenders
Frugal and Fair / Local and Global
Near Lime Ridge, Wisconsin
Published in In Motion Magazine January 14, 2012

Interview with George Naylor
In the U.S. Today: Farmers or Employees?
Churdan, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine November 20, 2011

What a Good President Would Do -- What Would Really Help Family Farmers
by Darvin Bentlage, Barton County, Missouri
Garry Klicker,
Davis County, Iowa
Darwyn Bach,
Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine October 22, 2011

Family Farm Legislative Update:
Local Control Wins, Property Rights Lose

Family Farmers Stop Anti-Local Control Bill.
Governor Signs Pro-Corporate, Anti-Property Rights Legislation
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine May 15, 2011

Protect Livestock Producers from the
Excessive Market Power of the Large Meat Packers

Safe Harbor: Open Public Markets and Price Transparency
by Rhonda Perry
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine November 25, 2010

The New Conservation Stewardship Program
1. Ron Perry -- CSP Contract Holder
2. Ben and Dave Avis -- CSP Contract Holder
3. Darvin Bentlage -- CSP Contract Applicant

by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine July 6, 2010

MRCC Commends USDA for Abandoning
the National Animal Identification System

Direct Result of Grassroots Opposition
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine February 10, 2010


Full list of 211 articles (alphabetically by author) 1995-2010

The Problem is Corporate Agribusiness, Not the Estate Tax
(or the "death tax" as its opponents call it)
Roger Allison
Howard County, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, June 1, 2001

The right to food self sufficiency
Roger Allison
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine - May 10, 2000

Representing Farmers in Hard Financial Times
We must change federal farms and food policy
Roger Allison
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine May 3, 1999.

The corporate-controlled factory system is inherently flawed
There is a better way -- independent family farmers.
Roger Allison
Des Moines, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine January 27, 1999

A rural economy built on family farmers sustains itself
The most important issue in agriculture today is the industrialization of agriculture
Roger Allison,
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine March, 1998

The Vice President's Clean Water Initiatives:
"We must regulate these industrial-sized livestock factories that create industrial-sized waste."
Roger Allison,
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine December, 1997

"You Don't Miss the Water 'till the Well Runs Dry"
- Sustaining Our Communities, Building Our Future Together
Roger Allison,
Chillicothe, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine August 7, 1997

When The Well Runs Dry
Analysis of the water resource depletion caused by the corporate swine industry in Missouri and other parts of the central U.S.A.
Roger Allison,
Howard County, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine November 12, 1996

What's the Stink?
Unprecedented Coalition Will Take on the Hog Industry

by Roger Allison
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine January 1, 1996

Interview with Joshua Sena Alouka
“They should contribute their local knowledge.”
Youth representative from Togo discusses how to make sustainable development effective.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Published in In Motion Magazine November 3, 2002

We Make the Road by Walking
The Rural Organizing Project (ROP)
Walk for Justice
Jerry Atkin
Wheeler, Oregon
Published in In Motion Magazine, August 7, 2005

Marching Against Monsanto and the Corporate Oligarchy
by James Bartoli
San Diego, California
Published in In Motion Magazine June 3, 2013

Interview with Ben Burkett
of the National Family Farm Coalition in the U.S.

Civil Rights, Market Cooperatives, Buying Networks
Matola, Mozambique
Published in In Motion Magazine May 25, 2009

Court Rules Pork Checkoff Unconstitutional
The Checkoff’s days are numbered
“This is a big victory for family farmers and for democracy in America.”
Campaign For Family Farms
Cincinnati, Ohio
Published in In Motion Magazine October 22, 2003

Pork Checkoff is Unconstitutional!
"A huge victory for independent family farmers"
Campaign for Family Farms
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, October 28, 2002

Campaign for Family Farms tells Senate Agriculture Committee:
“We need a ban on packer ownership of livestock now!”

Campaign for Family Farms
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, July 16, 2002

Factory Farms and Corporate Agribusiness
Only Winners from Conference Committee “Deal”
Campaign for Family Farms
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, May 2, 2002

Congressman Gephardt Calls for Ban on Packer Ownership of Livestock
Campaign for Family Farms
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, April 22, 2002

Campaign for Family Farms blasts Bush Administration’s
appointee to USDA’s antitrust division

Campaign for Family Farms
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, April 4, 2002

U.S. Senate Votes Again to Ban Packer Ownership of Livestock

Campaign for Family Farms
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, February 12, 2002

Mushroom Checkoff Declared Unconstitutional by Nation’s Highest Court
Campaign for Family Farms
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, July 5, 2001

Campaign for Family Farms Hails Senate Action to Ban Packer Ownership of Livestock
Senators Wellstone and Johnson lead passage of amendment
Campaign for Family Farms
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, December 21, 2001

Hog Farmers Launch Lawsuit Against USDA
Blairstown, Iowa
Campaign for Family Farms
Published in In Motion Magazine, May 27, 2001

Veneman admits ignorance on pork tax decision
Des Moines, Iowa
Campaign for Family Farms
Published in In Motion Magazine, May 27, 2001

Farmers Protest Pork Tax
“Honor our vote, honor democracy, end the pork tax now!”
Campaign for Family Farms
Washington, DC
Published in In Motion Magazine, March 30, 2001

USDA Rejects Hog Farmers’ Democratic Vote
Cut Back Room Deal with NPPC to Keep Pork Checkoff in Place
Campaign for Family Farms
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, March 5, 2001

Hog Farmers End Mandatory Pork Checkoff:
Independent producers vote down pork tax
Campaign for Family Farms prepares for next corporate target
Campaign for Family Farms
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, January 15, 2001

Farmer to Farmer Campaign calls on state Attorney's General to learn from Starlink debacle
Farmers call for long-term solutions to protect farmers
Campaign for Family Farms
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine December 3, 2000.

Missouri Rural Crisis Center and Campaign for Family Farms vow to fight Smithfield buyout of IBP
Groups label Smithfield's hiring of former antitrust chief "corrupt"
Campaign for Family Farms
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, December 3, 2000

Hog Farmers Win the Right to Vote to Terminate Mandatory Pork Checkoff

USDA Secretary Glickman Accepts Petitions:
Makes Decision to Hold Vote
Campaign for Family Farms
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - March 5, 2000

USDA publishes final rules for mandatory pork checkoff referendum
Campaign for Family Farms
Washington D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine - August 7, 2000

Hog farmers criticize NPPC president
for lawsuit threat on checkoff vote
Campaign for Family Farms
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - March 5, 2000

Hog farmers blast USDA:
Vow to get pork checkoff recall vote
Campaign for Family Farms
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - January 18, 2000

Groups start national petition drive to end mandatory pork checkoff
Hog farmers question benefit of current system
Campaign for Family Farms
Des Moines, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine, May 13, 1998

EPA Bows Down to Corporate Agribusiness Pressure
Releases Watered-Down CAFO Rules that Endanger the Rural Environment
Campaign for Family Farms and the Environments
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, December 18, 2002

Lincoln Township vs. Premium Standard Farms
A historical timeline (1994-1995)
Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment
Published in In Motion Magazine - January 1, 1996

Sustainable Communities: A pastoral message on Appalachia
Catholic Committee of Appalachia
Dickinson County, Virginia

Published in In Motion Magazine - July 29, 1996

Food Sovereignty
by Bill Christison
Caracas, Venezuela

Published in In Motion Magazine - March 5, 2006

On the publication of the study "Rethinking U.S. Agricultural Policy"
by Bill Christison
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine October 5, 2003

Food and Trade Policy: Are we trading away the future?
Bill Christison,
Madison, Wisconsin
Published in In Motion Magazine, November 30, 2002

On the tragic death of Senator Paul Wellstone
Bill Christison,
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, November 30, 2002

Family farmers express strong opposition to 2002 Farm Bill
On completion of House-Senate Farm Bill negotiations on 2002 Farm Bill
Bill Christison
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, June 8, 2002

Towards the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development
Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to define their own agriculture and food policies
Bill Christison
United Nations
New York, New York
Published in In Motion Magazine, March 3, 2002.

Treaty on Genetic Commons
Food and Agriculture Organization presentation at the U.N.
Bill Christison
United Nations
New York, New York
Published in In Motion Magazine, March 3, 2002

Facing the world today
GMO's: farm policy, patent laws, contamination, trade
Interview with Bill Christison
Auckland, Aotearoa / New Zealand
Published in In Motion Magazine May 31, 2001.

Opposing Genetic Engineering in New Zealand (and around the world)
by Bill Christison
Auckland, New Zealand / Aotearoa
Published in In Motion Magazine February 25, 2001.

The Trial of Jose Bove
Bill Christison
Millau, France
Published in In Motion Magazine - August 7, 2000

The Impact of Globalization on Family Farm Agriculture

The increasing role of the multi-national corporations in
controlling both the inputs and the marketing of
our commodities jeopardizes our very existence.

Bill Christison
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Published in In Motion Magazine - August 1, 2000

Calling for Farm Bureau investigation

Bill Christison
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine - April 22, 2000

U.S. family farm leader Bill Christison
Details negative impacts of GMOs
Interview by Nic Paget-Clarke
Chillicothe, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - October 29, 1999

"Farmers have a tremendous amount to gain by working with environmental groups"
Bill Christison,
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Published in In Motion Magazine - March 28, 1999

Food Safety:
Biodiversity / Fair Prices / Fair Trade
Bill Christison,
Chicago, Illinois
Published in In Motion Magazine - December 15, 1998

Family Farmers Warn of Dangers of Genetically Engineered Crops
National farm leader addresses 1st international grassroots
gathering on genetic engineering, patenting of seeds
Bill Christison,
St. Louis, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - July 29, 1998

Family Farms and U.S. Trade Policy
U.S. family farm leader speaks to European farmers
Part 1: The Impacts on Family Farms of 20 Years of Corporate Trade Agreements
Part 2: Citizen Opposition to Corporate Domination of U.S. Trade Policy
Bill Christison
Brussels, Belgium / Chillicothe, Missouri, U.S.A
Published in In Motion Magazine - July 14, 1998

Our Stolen Future - A Book Review
Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?
A Scientific Detective Story
Pat Cody
Berkeley, California
(cross-referenced from the Healthcare section)
Published in In Motion Magazine - November 16, 1997

"A Cowboy in the Meat Business"
Colorado ranch produces meat free of growth-promoting hormones, anti-biotics
Interview with Mel Coleman, Sr.
Photo series by Nic Paget-Clarke.
Denver and Saguache, Colorado
Published in In Motion Magazine - November 16, 1997

Fast Track/Big Bad Trade Deal Threatens Local Control, Family Farms
The TPP Agreement Would Elevate Multinational Corporations To The Same Legal Status As Sovereign Nations
by Jim Compton
Buffalo, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine June 16, 2014

Interview with Annette Cotter
GE campaigner for Greenpeace New Zealand
The future is GE Free
Genetically modified organisms are unpredictable, irreversible, unnecessary
Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand
Published in In Motion Magazine May 19, 2001

Genetic engineering and Maori health
Different ways of managing and understanding knowledge
Interview with Fiona Cram and Glenis Philip-Barbara
Auckland, Aotearoa / New Zealand
Published in In Motion Magazine May 31, 2001

Global Grassroots: Gaining Ground
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine March 20, 2003

Exposing Biotech's Big Lies
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine May 23, 2002

Market Pressure: Busting BGH and Biotech
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine March 3, 2002

Frankencorn Fight: Cautionary Tales
by Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine January 27, 2002

Biotech Bullies: The Debate Intensifies
by Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine August 7, 2001

Frankenfoods, Antibiotics, & Mad Cow: America's Food Safety Crisis Intensifies
by Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine February 1, 2001

StarLink: More Bad News for Biotech
News & Analysis on Genetic Engineering, Factory Farming, & Organics
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine November 29, 2000

Biotech Bytes: Who's Winning the Frankenfoods Fight?
by Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota

Published in In Motion Magazine June 20, 2000

Victory for Organic Consumers & Farmers:
The USDA Surrenders

Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine April 22, 2000

Blows Against the Empire:
From Oakland to Montreal
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine March 3, 2000

Global Firestorm

"Genetically engineered" -- Is Frankenstein Dead?
(A World Round-up)
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine October 30, 1999

Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods and Crops:

Why We Need A Global Moratorium
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine August 29, 1999

Derailing the Biotech Express:
U.S. & Global Activists at the Crossroads

Monarch butterflies, bees & tainted pollen, EU moratorium,
the "Senator from Monsanto", and much more ...
Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine August 9, 1999

Global Action Intensifies Against Monsanto & the Gene Giants
Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine May 4, 1999

Genetic Engineering, Factory Farming, & Organics
News from Europe, India, Colombia, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.
Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine March 7, 1999

Food Safety Crisis in the U.S.A.
Organics Under Fire: The U.S. Debate Continues
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine February 7, 1999

Monsanto Under Attack: Part 2
Global Pressure Builds Against Monsanto
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine December 14, 1998

Monsanto Under Attack:
Setbacks from Brazil, to Canada, to the U.K.
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine November 9, 1998

Slouching Toward Biodevastation: A Biotech Century?

Genetically-Engineered "Frankenfoods" & Crops:
Measuring the Global Resistance
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine October 7, 1998

Nuking America's Dirty Food:
Another Assault on Public Health & Consumer Choice
- An Opinion on Food Irradiation -
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine April 28, 1998

Monsanto and Fox TV Unite to Suppress Journalists' Free Speech on Hazards of Genetically Engineered Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH or rBST)
Ronnie Cummins
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine April 28, 1998

More Biotech Blunders:
Mutant Cotton, Supercharged Cigarettes, and Cows
Ronnie Cummins,
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine January 31, 1998.

Monsanto and Friends' Biotech Blunders and Disasters Continue
Ronnie Cummins,
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine December 17, 1997

Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" Cotton Bombs in the USA
Ronnie Cummins,
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine October 21, 1997

Let Them Eat Feces: Agribusiness & Government Move to Weaken
U.S. Food Labeling Laws and Irradiate Beef
Ronnie Cummins,
Little Marais, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine October 21, 1997

Whose Organic Standards?
USDA Prepares for an "Unfriendly Takeover"
of the Natural Foods Industry
Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston,
Minneapolis and Chicago
Published in In Motion Magazine July 13, 1997

U.S. Consumers & Farmers Battle Genetically-Engineered Soybean
Two genetically engineered tomatoes, the "Flavr Savr"
and the "Endless Summer," have been taken off the market
Ronnie Cummins and Ben Lilliston,
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine December 3, 1996

Economic, health & environmental impacts of Roundup-type
chemicals and Roundup Ready soybeans
Ronnie Cummins,
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine November 21, 1996

Genetically-altered soybean harvest causes controversy
Farmers, consumers, or environment not ready for for Round-up Ready Soybeans
Darren Dean,
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine October 10, 1996

Bigger is better and three other agricultural myths
by Brian DeVore
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine February 6, 2000

Selling the Farm Down Contract Creek
Why should corporations buy land when on paper
they can own everything it produces?
Brian DeVore
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine July 27, 1999

The Thing That Ate Agriculture
Mega-mergers are creating a seamless food system that leaves
no openings for competition, accountability, or independent family farmers

by Brian DeVore
White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Published in In Motion Magazine June 16, 1999

Report:
Packers are killing competition with contracts,
other ‘captive supply’ arrangements

by Brian DeVore
White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Published in In Motion Magazine May 3, 1999

Minnesota Lawmakers Support Alternatives to Factory Farms
Brian DeVore,
St. Paul, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine July 22, 1997

Farmers Police Missouri Waterways
Stream Teams test water, do good
by Scott Dye
Columbia Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine June 26, 1996

Interview with Peter Dowling of Canada's National Farmers Union
The farm income crisis, supply management, sustainability and more
Part 1 - The Farm Income Crisis
Part 2 - Sustainable farming
Howe Island, Ontario, Canada
Published in In Motion Magazine - November 12, 2000

Dispelling the Hog Factory Myths
Joe Fagan
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
Des Moines, Iowa.
Published in In Motion Magazine March 25, 1996

Interview with Jeanette Fitzsimons
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
co-chair of the Green Party

From Nuclear Free to Genetic Engineering Free
Soil ecology: the most serious and the least understood
ecological risk from genetically engineered crops

Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand
Published in In Motion Magazine April 22, 2001

Family Farm Legislative Update:
Local Control Wins, Property Rights Lose

Family Farmers Stop Anti-Local Control Bill.
Governor Signs Pro-Corporate, Anti-Property Rights Legislation
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine May 15, 2011

Two Victories for Farmers
1. Healthcare and CAFOs
2. Conservation Stewardship Program
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine August 9, 2009

New Report Exposes Subsidies to Factory Farms
Family Farm Groups Demand Reform Of Environmental Quality Incentives Program
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine December 23, 2008

Health Care Costs Take a Toll on Missouri’s Farms and Ranches
MRCC Releases New Report, “Healthcare in the Heartland”
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine September 30, 2008

MRCC Wins Major Victory for Local Democracy and Family Farmers
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine February 12, 2008

Victory for Family Farmers and Local Control
Missouri Legislature Kills the CAFO Bill
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine August 8, 2007

Conservation Security Program Popular Among Farmers Despite Funding Cuts
Report Released on Impact of CSP in the Midwest
by Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, May 9, 2007

Family Farmers and Rural Citizens Win Victory on Local Control!
by Tim Gibbons, Rhonda Perry, Terry Spence
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, January 25, 2006

Family Farmers, Rural Citizens, and Democracy Prevail
Over Corporate Agribusiness
Missouri House Defeats CAFO Bill, HCS SB 187
Tim Gibbons
Jefferson City, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, May 27, 2005

Missourians For Local Control
“Supporting Local Government -- Closer to the People”
by Tim Gibbons, Rhonda Perry, Terry Spence
Kirksville, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, December 12, 2005

Interview with Tom Goldtooth
Of the Indigenous Environmental Network
“First and foremost is our right to exist and to make our own decisions ...”
Johannesburg, South Africa
Published in In Motion Magazine, March 15, 2003

"Plains Truth" Conference Projects the Big Picture
Defending independent agriculture for the future
Suzette Hatfield,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Published in In Motion Magazine, December 7, 1997

Interview with farmer Ian Henderson
GE is another way of being unsustainable in the biological sense
The market wants an un-modified product
Amberly, Aotearoa / New Zealand
Published in In Motion Magazine May 19, 2001

Facts about Hogs
Humane Farming Association
San Francisco, California
Published in In Motion Magazine, January 24, 1996

Family Farmers Rally for America
Take 6,000 lbs of pork from the Heartland to Harlem
Lindsay Howerton and Bryce Oates
Columbia, Missouri -- New Castle, Indiana -- New York, New York
Published in In Motion Magazine, October 28, 2001

Patchwork Family Farms finds new markets
"... fair prices, sustainable growing practices
and a sales volume that has more than tripled ..."
Lindsay Howerton
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine June 20, 1999

"Undisturbed and exclusive possession of the land, estates and forests"
The strength in it
Interview with Maori community leader Sydney Jackson
Auckland, Aotearoa / New Zealand
Published in In Motion Magazine April 22, 2001

Fighting hog factories in eastern Colorado
Interview with Sue Jarrett
near Wray, Colorado
Published in In Motion Magazine April 1, 2001

The Health Wagon in the Appalachian Mountains
Appalachians take care of their own
An interview with Sister Bernie Kenny
Dickinson County, Virginia
Published in In Motion Magazine November 16, 1997

WTO: The New Threats to Developing Countries and Sustainability
by Martin Khor
Penang, Malaysia
Published in In Motion Magazine, September 26, 2002

Interview with John Kinsman
President of Family Farm Defenders
Frugal and Fair / Local and Global
Near Lime Ridge, Wisconsin
Published in In Motion Magazine January 14, 2012

Farmers' Declaration on Genetic Engineering in Agriculture
Fact Sheet on Genetic Engineering in Agriculture
Ariane Kissam
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine November 28, 1999

Efficiency: Family Farms and Factory Farms
Land Stewardship Project
Faribault, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine January 1, 1996

“Superfund Laws and Animal Agriculture”
References to the Testimony of Robert S. Lawrence, MD
Before the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials
Wednesday, November 16, 2005, at 2:00 p.m.
in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building
Kirkville, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine December 12, 2005

Checking Off the Check-Off

From beef to pork to potatoes - to a cash cow
Margot Ford McMillen
Fulton, Missouri

Published in In Motion Magazine February 8, 2000

Family Farmers Tally Successes
1996 Successes against Mega-Hog Corporate Farms
Margot McMillen,
Callaway, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine May 19, 1996


Stop the CAFO/Monsanto Protection Bill
Local Control & the Future of Missouri Farming
and Food is at Stake
Call Your Senator TODAY!!!
Vote NO on HJR 7&11 and SJR 22
by Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine April 8, 2013


Our Position on Livestock, Rural Communities and the Economy
by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine December 12, 2005

Don’t Believe the Hogwash! CAFO Factsheet
Click to download this Word document
You deserve to know the FACTS about CAFOs, Local Control and Health Ordinances
Columbia, Missouri

Published in In Motion Magazine Updated July 29, 2008

Governor Holden Stands Up for Family Farmers and Rural Missouri
Vetoes Bill That Would Expand Economic and Environmental Threats of Industrial Agriculture
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Jefferson City, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, July 19, 2004

Family Farmers Denounce House Bill That Will Limit Local Control
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Jefferson City, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, April 7, 2003

Exploring Sustainable Hog Production Methods for Missouri Farmers
by Bryce Oates, Rhonda Perry and Kevin Webb
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
PDF Version (244k)
Published in In Motion Magazine, March 18, 2003

Rural Justice Tour Challenges Corporate Globalization
Local and International Farm Groups Vow to Continue
Challenging Corporate Trade Policies

Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, October 22, 2002

Hog Farmers Hail Judge’s Beef Checkoff Ruling
Believe mandatory pork checkoff program could face similar ruling
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, June 26, 2002

Farm Groups to U. S. Senate:
Just Say No To Fast Track!
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, May 19, 2002

Mid-Missouri family farmersattend Farm Aid events,
donate pork productsto New York relief efforts
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, October 10, 2001

Fast Track suffers set-back in the House
Farm groups put forward fair trade principles
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, August 7, 2001

New Report Details NAFTA’s Failures for Family Farmers
in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico

Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, July 5, 2001

Missouri farmers travel to Quebec City
for fair farm and trade polircies
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Quebec City, Canada
Published in In Motion Magazine, March 22, 2001

12 Points Proposed for Governing
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
A Brief Summary
Missouri Rural Crisis Center
and the Ozark Chapter of the Sierra Club
Published in In Motion Magazine - February 21, 1996

Hogging the Market
Dramatic shifts in agricultural policies are needed
to rescue the independent farmer
David Morris
Minneappolis, Minnesota
Published in In Motion Magazine - April 22, 2000

Justus Lavi Mwololo speaks about Kenya’s agriculture
“Farmers, we have to put forward our agenda.”
"Johannesburg, South Africa
Published in In Motion Magazine, March 15, 2003

Family Farmers Praise Introduction of Trade Bill that Helps Address Global Food Crisis
U.S. and United Nations Continue to Promote Catastrophic Free Trade Agendas
by National Family Farm Coalition
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine June 16, 2008

Family Farmers Lambast Wasted Opportunity Of Farm Bill
Congress Chooses to Ignore Global Food Crisis
by National Family Farm Coalition
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine May 30, 2008

Mad Cow: Family Farmers, Cattle and Consumers are Victims of Corporate Greed
National Family Farm Coalition
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine December 29, 2003

Family Farmers denounce U.S. complaint
against the European Union’s GMO authorization system

National Family Farm Coalition
Washnigton, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, May 28, 2003

Interview with George Naylor
In the U.S. Today: Farmers or Employees?
Churdan, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine November 20, 2011

Farm Bill Basics: Formula for Prosperity and Fairness
by George Naylor, Jim Dubert,
Bert Henningson, Jr. and Curt Stofferahn
Ames, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine November 18, 2007

A Legacy of Crisis
Farmer Solutions, Corporate Resistance
by George Naylor and Bert Henningson, Jr.
Ames, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine October 31, 2007

National Family Farm Coalition President’s Response to
Administration’s 2007 Farm Bill Proposal
by George Naylor
Churdan, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine, February 7, 2007

Farm Subsidy Cap No Answer
“Eliminate subsidies by raising commodity prices
with price supports and supply management”
George Naylor
Churdan, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine, May 1, 2005

The Pork Checkoff:
On the history of the pork checkoff debate and court ruling
George Naylor,
Greene County, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine, November 30, 2002

Mexican farmers organization ANEC views "Freedom to Farm" as "dumping"
Huge livestock factories are being built by companies
like Tyson Foods and Smithfields
by George Naylor,
Mexico City, Mexico
Published in In Motion Magazine - February 1, 2001

Review of Federal Farm Policy
In support of a new farm bill: "The Food from Family Farms Act"

George Naylor,
Churdan, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine - August 3, 2000

Bringing Sanity to the Rural Economy
Take international leadership in our global economy
by constructing an international family farm system
George Naylor
Bondurant, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine - August 29, 1999

The Freedom to Farm Lottery
The Bet the Farm Game
George Naylor,
Greene County, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine - August 29, 1999

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Mandatory Checkoff Program
Midwestern hog farmers attend hearing in Washington, D.C.
Bryce Oates
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, December 8, 2004

Local control and CAFOs: a public health issue for rural counties
Family farm organization Missouri Rural Crisis Center
gives testimony on Missouri Senate Bill 1128
Bryce Oates
Jefferson City, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, February 21, 2004

Family Farmers From Mid-Missouri And Mexico
Hold Fair Trade Picnic And Roundtable
Propose International and Local Solutions to Challenges Faced by
Family Farmers Around the World
Bryce Oates
Columbia, Missouri

Published in In Motion Magazine, July 12, 2003

Hog Farmers Hail U.S. Court of Appeals Beef Checkoff Ruling
Bryce Oates
Rochester, Illinois

Published in In Motion Magazine, July 12, 2003

My trip to Quebec City (A Tale of Two Summits)
Report from Quebec City People's Summit of the Americas
Bryce Oates
Quebec City, Canada
Published in In Motion Magazine, April 29, 2001

Missouri Farmers Join Coalition
in Calling for Campaign Finance Reform Petition
To Place Fair Elections Act on November Ballot

Bryce Oates, Rhonda Perry
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - August 3, 2000

Missouri Farmers Join in Calling
for Investigation into Farm Bureau
Bryce Oates
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - April 17, 2000

Why farmers rally in Washington D.C.
5-point plan for family farm policy
Interview with Bryce Oates
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - April 29, 2000

MRCC Lends Voice at the White House Job Summit
By Kathy Ozer
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine December 9, 2009

How the government responds to the current StarLink fiasco
An important indicator of how the public perceives the role
of government in food policy
by Katherine Ozer
Washington, D.C.
Published in In Motion Magazine, February 1, 2001

Food Sovereignty:
A Glimpse of the Peasant and Small Farmer Association Movement in Mozambique
by Nic Paget-Clarke
In Niassa and Maputo Provinces, Mozambique
(cross-referenced from Global Eyes section)
Published in In Motion Magazine December 16, 2008

African American farmers organize against Republican "Freedom to Farm" bill
I
nterview with Ralph Paige
Executive Director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives
Published in In Motion Magazine, March 5, 1996

Protect Livestock Producers from the
Excessive Market Power of the Large Meat Packers

Safe Harbor: Open Public Markets and Price Transparency
(MRCC Statement to GIPSA / USDA)
by Rhonda Perry
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine November 25, 2010

Missouri Senate Bill 364 2007
A Blatant Attack on Family Farmers, Rural Communities,
Local Control, and Property Rights
by Rhonda Perry
Howard County, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, March 25, 2007

Blunt Threatens Local Control
Family Farmers Outraged by Governor Blunt’s State of the State
by Rhonda Perry and Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine January 28, 2007

2006 Missouri Legislative Summary
On Local Democracy, Sustainable Agriculture,
Nutrition, and the Environment

by Rhonda Perry and Tim Gibbons
Columbia, Missouri

Interview with Rhonda Perry (2005) of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Grassroots Missouri Organizing Since 1985
A Variety of Tactics, Consistent Strategies
Armstrong, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine January 24, 2006

Changing the focus of the international debate on trade
Price supports, inventory management, and grain reserves
Interview (2003) w/ Rhonda Perry
of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine October 5, 2003

Survey Shows Family Farmers Want
New Direction for Federal Farm Policy
Farmers and Ranchers differ from Capital Hill
on farm prices, food security
Rhonda Perry
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine, November 6, 2001

Three hog farmers explain why they are voting "NO"
to end the mandatory pork checkoff tax
by Rhonda Perry -- Harold Beach -- Gary Malone
Armstrong, Missouri -- Leonard, Missouri -- Palisade, Nebraska
Published in In Motion Magazine, September 19, 2000

Family Farmers Warn:
If Your Next Crop is GMO, It May Be Your Last
Rhonda Perry & Bryce Oates
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - November 28, 1999

"Pork Checkoff Headed for a Vote"
by Rhonda Perry
Des Moines, Iowa
Published in In Motion Magazine April 22, 1999

Anti-check off signatures are flooding in
Hog farmers want an end to the mandatory pork checkoff
by Rhonda Perry
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine February 7, 1999

Outline of a Call to Action ...
Family Farms, not Factory Farms
Rhonda Perry
Chicago, Illinois
Published in In Motion Magazine December 15, 1998

The Best Available Technology ...
... is more family farmers producing hogs in an economically,
environmentally, and socially viable manner.
Rhonda Perry
St. Joseph, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine May 11, 1998

Hog Wars:
The Corporate Grab for Control of the Hog Industry
and How Citizens Are Fighting Back
-- Part 1 - Missouri was corporate agriculture's dream state
--
Part 2 - An unprecedented family farm-environmentalist alliance takes hold
--
Part 3 - Democracy from the state government and responsibility from the mega-corps
--
Part 4 - The Environment (. . . and factory farms)
by Patty Cantrell, Rhonda Perry & Paul Sturtz
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - December 6, 2001

National Environmental groups pull out of NPPC-Sponsored "Dialogue"
on Factory Farm Pork Production
Rhonda Perry,
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine July 13, 1997

The Federal Farm Bill - MRCC analysis
Farm Bill (1996) dupes farmers to fatten corporate profits
Bill drops program payments without ensuring fair prices
Rhonda Perry,
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine June 26, 1996

Corporate Hog Factories: The Real Results
by Rhonda Perry
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine January 1, 1996

Rethinking U.S. Agricultural Policy
(Executive Summary)
by Daryll Ray, Daniel De La Torre Ugarte, Kelly Tiller
Agricultural Policy Analysis Center,
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Published in In Motion Magazine October 5, 2003

Agricultural research CGIAR turns to outsourcing
(Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research)
by Devinder Sharma
New Delhi, India

Published in In Motion Magazine May 9, 2004
(cross-referenced from the Email, Opinions and Discussion section)

"GANGA" is not for sale
Suez - Degrémont and the Privatization of Ganga Water
by Vandana Shiva, Afsar H. Jafri, Kunwar Jalees
New Delhi, India
Published in In Motion Magazine, October 20, 2002

Interview with Dr. Vandana Shiva -
"The deeper you can manipulate living structures
the more you can control food and medicine."
St. Louis, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - August 14, 1998

Interview w/ Dr. Vandana Shiva (2002) -
Discussing “Water Wars”
Resurrection of commons, community rights, and direct and basic democracy
Johannesburg, South Africa
Published in In Motion Magazine, March 6, 2003

Interview with Vandana Shiva (2003)
The Role of Patents in the Rise of Globalization
New Delhi, India
Published in In Motion Magazine March 28, 2004

An interview with representatives of Japanese farmers' and consumers' groups
"It's the ethics of the quantity."
St. Louis, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine August 15, 1998

A guarantee of safe food
Organizing organic dairy farmers
Interview with Russell Simmons
Waikato, Aotearoa / New Zealand
Published in In Motion Magazine April 22, 2001

The Wai 262 Claim by Six Maori Tribes
Flora and fauna and cultural and intellectual heritage rights
Interview with Maui Solomon
Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand
Published in In Motion Magazine April 22, 2001

Intellectual Property Rights and
Indigenous Peoples Rights and Obligations
by Maui Solomon
Nairobi, Kenya
Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand
Published in In Motion Magazine April 22, 2001

Assessing the Risks of Genetic Engineering
Interview with plant geneticist Doreen Stabinsky
Super weeds, non-target impacts, horizontal gene transfer
Auckland, Aotearoa / New Zealand
Published in In Motion Magazine May 18, 2001

Feeding the Factory Farm
How U.S. Farm Policy Benefits Industrial Livestock Operations
and Hurts Family Farmers
by Elanor Starmer
Boston, Massachusetts
Published in In Motion Magazine February 11, 2007

Wisconsin's Richland County rallies
to protect itself from multinational hog firm
John Stauber,
Madison, Wisconsin
Published in In Motion Magazine April 27, 1997

Straight Talk by Martha Stevens
Hatfield, Missouri
A Series of Essays
Published in In Motion Magazine - August 26, 1999

Extension Service Loses Credibility
Followup to: Missouri Hog Factories Allowed to Spread Too Much Waste.
Data leads to water pollution; objectivity questioned
Paul Sturtz,
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - July 13, 1997

Patchwork Spruces Up Image for Grocery Stores
The importance of a sustainable local food network
Paul Sturtz,
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - July 13, 1997

Missouri Hog Factories Allowed to Spread Too Much Waste
State issues permits based on faulty data from University Extension
Paul Sturtz,
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - February 28, 1997

Why Boycott Premium Standard Farms
Paul Sturtz & Scott Dye,
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - August 20, 1996

Campaign Challenges Pork Industry and Politicians:
Mounts actions in Louisville, Des Moines, St. Louis
Paul Sturtz,
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - August 20, 1996

Food Co-ops Take Control
New Moberly chapter is a quick success
Paul Sturtz,
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - June 26, 1996

Patchwork Links Hog Farmers with Consumers
Paul Sturtz,
Columbia, Missouri
Published in In Motion Magazine - June 26, 1996

The United Farmer and Rancher Congress booklet (1986)
St. Louis, Missouri
Click here to download PDF of full document (5.3Mb)
Published in In Motion Magazine October 31, 2007


Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Factory Farms
by Bill Wenzel
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
Re-published in In Motion Magazine - December 15, 2001

Combatting Monsanto
Grassroots resistance to the corporate power of agribusiness in the era of the ‘green economy’ and a changing climate"
by Joseph Zacune
with contributions from activists around the world
La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International, Combat Monsanto
Published in In Motion Magazine May 6, 2012

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