Carbondale Requires Economic Impact Review for Large Stores

Date: 1 Apr 2004 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail


After three years of debate and a voter referendum that demonstrated strong opposition to sprawling shopping centers, Carbondale, Colorado, has enacted an ordinance that requires the town’s planning staff and Board of Trustees to weigh the community and fiscal impacts of a large-scale retail proposal before deciding whether to approve or deny the project. The ordinance applies to any retail development larger than 15,000 square feet in neighborhood business districts or larger than 30,000 square feet elsewhere.… Read More

Back the Dairy Compact

Date: 27 Aug 2001 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Published by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Midwestern lawmakers are working vigorously to defeat congressional reauthorization of the Northeast Dairy Compact, scheduled to expire in September. Dairy farms in the Midwest are failing at an alarming rate and the compact has … Read More

State Inspections Revive Local Markets

Date: 6 Jan 2001 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After years of suffering heavy hits from industry consolidation and low prices, small livestock farmers and independent meat processors are getting a second chance through a long-forgotten policy. The recent resurrection of state meat inspection programs has given farmers the opportunity to market their own meat and is increasing business for small processors. By Brian Levy… Read More

When the Farmer Makes The Rules

Date: 6 Nov 2000 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Forty years ago, two roads diverged in the chicken industry. Sick of being squeezed by processors, Canadian poultry farmers asked their local governments to construct a system that provided them with bargaining power. In the U.S., efforts to create similar systems failed. And that has made all the difference. By Brian Levy… Read More

Setting a Slow Table

Date: 6 Nov 2000 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you’ve always wanted to be an activist but stayed away because of the bad food and long hours, there’s good news. A group called SlowFood has taken up the cause of local cuisine and is defending it against everything from hyper-hygienic policies to the homogenizing influence of mass distribution. Their organizing strategy: sit down and enjoy a delicious, leisurely meal. By Stacy Mitchell… Read More

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