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.
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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.
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...
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.
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.
While many in the heartland fashion themselves as fiscally conservative, the reality of federal spending tells a different story.
It's in our own self-interest to jump start agricultural development with the goal of creating markets for ourselves.
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.
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.
We are losing the ability to treat human infections and diseases because we have misused one of the greatest scientific products ever created.
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.
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?"
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.
Cargill, ADM, Monsanto, Tyson and Smithfield are probably breaking the law, and that law needs to be enforced.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 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 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.
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!
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