Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Kate Clabby

Checkoff laws enable twisted relationship

May 5, 2011

I first learned about checkoff programs when I encountered radio ads discouraging people from drinking unpasteurized (raw) milk, sponsored by an organization called DairyMax. It didn’t surprise...

You should care about the Farm Bill

April 28, 2011

If you are like most college students, you have probably made a meal out of instant ramen. Sure, it’s pretty nutritionally empty but it’s easy to make, it tastes all right and most of all,...

Revise property tax laws to benefit farmers

April 20, 2011

    Local governments, like all governments, need funding. They need to pay police officers, provide us with services such as water and trash pick-up and fund public schools. In Austin,...

Taxation alone won’t improve public health

April 13, 2011

Texas Senate Bill 1004, which is currently under consideration, would levy a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on all nonalcoholic beverages that contain natural or artificial sweeteners. It excludes beverages that...

Hydrofracking is anything but clean

March 23, 2011

    Natural gas has often been touted as the “clean” fossil fuel because burning it releases less CO2 than burning oil or coal. Unfortunately, in the United States,...

Support new laws for cottage foods

March 8, 2011

    In Texas, it is illegal to sell food prepared in your home kitchen. The cakes at the church or elementary school bake sale? The homemade lemonade your 6-year-old neighbor sells...

Learn how to preserve food

September 20, 2010

“No Impact Man” is a popular documentary about Colin Beavan, a man in New York City who decides to “completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment” for one year....

A place for meat in a sustainable food system

September 8, 2010

It takes 24 pounds of grain to make 1 pound of beef. This statistic, from Frances Moore Lappe’s 1971 book “Diet for a Small Planet,” is often cited in arguments for vegetarianism....