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Women Farmers in the Developing World

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Silverstein

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 80% of agricultural workers are women. According to the World Bank,They raise 90% of the food, but receive only 10% of credit extended for agricultural loans.

Sustainable Agriculture: The Unrecognized Key to Reversing Climate Change

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Kimbrell

Even though research concludes that industrial agriculture is one of the major contributors to global warming, neither international nor U.S. domestic policies are adequately addressing this sector.

Big Ag To Sway Ohio Voters On Treatment Of Farm Animals

Mother Jones | Kevin Drum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Ohio voters will hit the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of an agribusiness-backed proposal that would amend the state constitution and create a boar...

The Adventure of the Strangled Gulf

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

I requested of Holmes an elucidation as to how residents of the rural Midwestern United States could be responsible for a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. "It's elementary," he said with aplomb.

Global Harvest Initiative Seeks Not to Feed People, But to Bolster Big Agriculture's Profits

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Hunger looks on the surface to be the most bipartisan policy issue on our collective plates. We can all agree to the fact that hunger today is a global tragedy. But from there the discussion diverges.

The Payoff Patriots

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

While many in the heartland fashion themselves as fiscally conservative, the reality of federal spending tells a different story.

Growing Businesses in African Soil

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

It's in our own self-interest to jump start agricultural development with the goal of creating markets for ourselves.

Healthcare and Food Policy: Part of the Same Conversation

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

The critics of single-payer are either paid to tell you this, or are brainwashed by the multi-million dollar lobbying and advertising paid for by insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry.

An Interview With Nick Reding, Author of Methland

Patrick Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Patrick Sauer

Oelwein is a microcosm of small town everywhere, but Methland shows that the drug abuse is a symptom, not the cause, of the deeply ingrained problems facing rural America.

Making Sure Our Antibiotics Work

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Louise Slaughter

We are losing the ability to treat human infections and diseases because we have misused one of the greatest scientific products ever created.

Could This Be Africa's Next Cash Crop?

Lola Olley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lola Olley

Cassava can be made into everything from flour to tapioca and could create a positive domino effect in Africa with economic empowerment leading to a reduced need for foreign food aid.

Thinking Outside the Box on Health Care Reform

Barry Sears | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barry Sears

With all the rhetoric about health care reform, no one seems to have asked the question, "Why are Americans so sick in the first place?"

How Sweet It Is... Brazil's Sugar Ethanol Fuels China's Recovery

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Ethanol trade has helped make China Brazil's top trade partner, replacing Uncle Sam, who had been top dog ever since Herbert Hoover was in the White House.

Message to Obama: Bust-up the Agribusiness Trusts

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

Cargill, ADM, Monsanto, Tyson and Smithfield are probably breaking the law, and that law needs to be enforced.

Guns, Germs, and Squeals

Joseph LeDoux | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph LeDoux

I learned what a brain was by digging bullets out of them as a kid in my father's meat market. That was before mad cow disease, when most people thought cow brains were a tasty delight.

Not Swine Flu, Not H1N1 Virus -- Introducing Factory Farm Flu 1

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

The name Factory Farm Flu 1 is less than accurate; many diseases have been transmitted from animals to humans by Confined Animal Feeding Operations. But we have to start somewhere.

It's Time to Take the Pharma Out of Farming

Steve Ells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Ells

Antibiotic use is not a prerequisite to life on the farm, but rather a threat to life itself. Let's preserve these drugs for the sick animals and humans who need them.

Tomorrow's Info Today: Staying Ahead of the News Cycle

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Randall Amster

From now on, I will only get my news from future-based sources, and thus seek to remain ahead of the curve. Outlandish, you say? Impossible? You are obviously so behind the times.

Philippines: Local Farmers Battle Agribusiness Corporations Over Aerial Spraying Case

Profits Vs Public Health | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MANILA, Dec 23 (IPS) - Cecilia Moran never thought that she would one day have to give up farming owing to poor health. She grew up helping her father...

Obama's Choice of Vilsack: AgriBusiness as Usual at USDA?

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

Today, the lukewarm reception Vilsack initially received has turned into real heat as the Obama transition team finds itself in the fire over the former Governor's appointment.

Maybe Vilsack Won't Suck?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

I honestly don't know what to make of the Vilsack nomination, so I asked Denise O'Brien, the organic farmer who ran for Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture in 2006, to share her invaluable Iowan insights.

Obama's Animal Welfare Team

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Obama has pledged to make progress for animal welfare and environmental stewardship, and we hope these appointees will prove to be an excellent team to help him meet these crucial goals.

The Problem With Palm Oil

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

The ubiquity of palm oil in the United States and Europe is driving out the subsistence agriculture that people in Indonesia and Malaysia depend on for food.

Will Obama-Mania Lead Us to Solartopia? Yes We Will!

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

Rebirthing Detroit as a clean, lean, green machine with union labor making carbon free cars and the New Solartopian mass transit network we really need... Yes We Can!