For decades, Ephraim Smiley has been the face of organic urban gardening in the area. Now Smiley said he has met his match and wants to introduce another “extreme gardener” to the community.
By Benjamin Todd Jealous—There is no way to make up for decades of discrimination that crippled the proud history of black farm ownership in America. But, we can do our best to move forward. In 1999, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agreed to settle the civil rights lawsuit Pigford vs. Glickman. The settlement promised to compensate thousands of black farmers who suffered racial discrimination at the hands of the USDA’s farm loan program between 1981 and 1996.
Senate Bill 373, the Ag Gag bill was heard in conference committee recently and anti-consumer language was inserted back in the bill by the original Senate author Travis Holdman. The amended language makes it a misdemeanor to video record or photograph inhumane, unsafe and unethical practices at factory farms, in industry and mining and then provide that evidence to members of the media or public.