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Random Fri May 07 2010

Downtown Chicago Needs Farm Subsidies?

Almost $1.5 million worth, as a matter of fact. Eighty residents in the zip code 60601 were given that much between 1995 and 2006, according to The Environmental Working Group. The numbers are divided in Conservation, Disaster, and Commodity subsidies.

There is a lot of data here, far more than I can digest in an afternoon. But I look forward to finding out more about what this means. I can't wait to find out why Kh Farms LLC deserved almost $500,000 over a ten year period. I'd love to know where a farm fits in downtown Chicago. Search by your zip code and find out how much "farming" exists in your neighborhood.

 
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Vera / May 8, 2010 11:33 AM

60601 is probably their primary residence. I also have a 606-- home address even though my farm (business) is in 491--. Those listed in the database probably invested in land in a rural area and if there are commodity/disaster subsidies they've probably hired a farm manager to run the business for them.
FYI, I don't receive subsidies because I don't grow commodity crops (which are still sold to processors at 1970s prices - the gov't subsidizes the farmers' losses because fuel and machinery is still at 2010 prices).

Cinnamon / May 8, 2010 8:32 PM

thanks for sharing that idea. I did brief Google search for many people on the list and came up with nothing. It still seems suspicious, but not implausible.

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The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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