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Gas Tax Issue Illustrates Rural, Urban Divide

The Star Tribune recently ran an opinion piece by James Lenfestey, who advocated for an increase in the gas tax to finance infrastructure improvements and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but cautioned lawmakers to keep rural Minnesotans in mind when crafting this policy. While it is admirable that the author wants to be sensitive to the needs of rural Minnesotans, the editorial further illustrates how people living in the metro area have scant idea how the policies they advocate harm those living outside of it....

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Thousands Scammed By Organic Food Fraud

Organic food is a touchy subject. Many people think that because it is organic, it is more wholesome and better for the environment. However, there is scant empirical evidence to support these claims. In fact, I've argued before that organic food is actually worse for the environment because the yields are lower, requiring more acres of land be used for farming to produce the same amount of food. This is why I thought it was interesting that thousands of people have been scammed by a large-scale scheme in which ordinary corn and soybeans were fraudulently marketed nationwide as "certified organic." According to an article in...

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PETA Asks People to Stop Using ‘Anti-Animal Language,’ Including Common Phrases

In case you needed any further proof that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has jumped the shark as an organization, it has recently made headlines urging people to abandon "anti-animal language." Take the flower by the thorns? Bring home the bagels? Idiotic. On the bright side, this prompted me to think about other phrases I may not use very often in my own speech, and has strengthened my resolve to incorporate them into my daily vocabulary. I encourage you to do the same. Instead of: This problem has more than one solution. Say: There's more than one way to skin a cat. Instead of: Living...

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Crackpot California Cage-Free Ballot Measure Threatens MN Farmers

You may not have heard about Prop 12, the latest crackpot measure approved by voters in California, given the wild fires and mass shooting dominating the news from the Golden State. But you will before long. Check out the rapid response to the latest ballot measure backed by California's cage-free caucus on the Farm Journal website. California consumers will likely experience an unnecessary increase in food prices and a decrease in consumer options now that Proposition 12, a ballot measure that requires more housing space for certain hens, breeding pigs and calves raised for veal, has passed in their state, says Jim...

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ACSH: Conventional Farms Are Better For Environment Than Organic Farms

Every acre planted to organics represents an opportunity cost for the productivity of the American agricultural sector. It means we must plant more acres to grow our food, which means there are fewer acres for other uses, including land conservation. So the next time someone tries to virtue signal about the fact they buy local, organic food, you should let them know they can save their breath, and their money, by buying environmentally friendly conventional crops....

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In Blow to Minnesota’s Farmers, District Court Revives Obama’s WOTUS Rule

Farmers across Minnesota are now cast into regulatory uncertainty as the U.S. District Court in South Carolina ruled against the Trump administration's attempt to block the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule from becoming law.  As a result, the rule is operative again in 26 states where district courts haven’t halted the regulation....

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