It’s time to put food policy back on the table

During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and a pigeon. When I said no, he delighted in explaining, “A pigeon can still make a deposit on a new John Deere.” That’s funny, except that it really isn’t. Worse, the bitter reality of the tractor joke is still true: The farm crisis has not gone away, though hundreds of thousands of farm families have. The economic devastation in farm country continues unabated as agribusiness profiteers, Wall Street speculators, urban…

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Paris to put up glass wall to protect Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower in Paris is to have a 2.5m-high (8ft) wall of reinforced glass built around it as protection against terror attacks, officials say. The Paris mayor’s office says the wall will replace metal fences put up for the Euro 2016 football tournament. The project, if approved, is expected to cost about €20m (£17m; $21m) and work should start later this year. The French capital has been on high alert since attacks by jihadists in November 2015 left 130 people dead. Last July, 86 people were killed when a…

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Velvet dress sales put Zara owner firmly in fashion

Velvet dresses, military blazers and mini-skirts helped Inditex, the owner of chains including Zara and Massimo Dutti, post a strong rise in sales for the nine months to October. The world’s largest clothing retailer posted an 11% rise in net sales to €16.4bn compared with the same period last year. Net profit was 9% higher at €2.2bn (£1.8bn). Sales have also risen since November despite unseasonably warm weather. The increase comes as rival fashion groups struggled with tough trading conditions in many markets. Inditex, which also owns Bershka and Pull…

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How can we put the taste back into British food?

Four strawberries, picked an hour earlier, sit on a saucer on the dining-room table of Lindsey Lodge Farm, a 40-acre farm growing fruit and vegetables in Suffolk. It is June and these strawberries are the first of the English season. Andrew Sturgeon, a farmer for 30 years, smiles, certain of the quality. The aroma is heady, the taste is of strawberries as they ought to be, naturally sweet. Sturgeon delivers to 45 stores belonging to the East of England Co-operative, owned by its members. It is independent from the Co-operative…

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Put an end to rumours on Jayalalithaa’s health: Karunanidhi

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on Friday urged the Tamil Nadu government to “put an end to rumours” regarding the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa by providing proper information to the people, while wishing his arch rival a speedy recovery. “As I had already mentioned, though I differ with her ideologically, it is my desire that she recovers soon and take up official duties as usual,” he said and wished her a speedy recovery. Mr. Karunanidhi said although Apollo Hospitals, where the Chief Minister is recuperating from fever and dehydration, was…

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