New book details how ‘barons’ took over American agriculture

Iowa’s food landscape can become like Italy’s — if the “barons” who captured the American farmstand can be defeated, a new book argues.

“Barons,” published Tuesday by Austin Frerick, a native Iowan and Yale University food policy fellow, argues that a runaway process of monopoly has gutted rural America while bleeding the taste from American food.


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Following Report that Foreign Billionaire is Second Biggest Foreign Owner of U.S. Land, Tester Presses for Passage of His Bill to Block Adversaries from Buying Farmland

Senator presses Administration to review purchase, calls on Congressional leaders to pass his bipartisan legislation to crack down on ownership of U.S. farmland and agribusinesses by foreign adversaries after House Republicans blocked it;

Tester: “Make no mistake, our food security is national security”






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Factory farms are now so big that we need a new word for them.



Farming Prioritizes Cows and Cars—Not People

Farmers and scientists are getting better at growing more crops on less land, but they’re not focusing on plants that people eat.



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