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Food Prices: One Year After

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

Just over a year ago, a sharp rise in maize prices, triggered by the worst drought in the last 50 years in the US Midwest, sent shock waves through the international food markets raising fears that food prices would spiral out of control as they had in 2007-8, 2010-11 and 2012.

In Nebraska, a Little (Solar) House on the Prairie vs. Keystone XL

Elaine Heinzman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Elaine Heinzman

The organization has raised more than $67,000, using the funds to create a solar-powered barn and wind turbine directly in the pipeline's proposed path. The barn will host discussions and presentations about renewable energy options.

Industry Assurances Over Drug Safety Found to Be Misleading?

Andrew Gunther | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Gunther

In the early 1980s, the European Union prohibited the use of such steroids in beef production on safety grounds, banning the import of hormone-treated beef in 1989 on safety grounds. The $64-million question is: How much of this allegedly inert material persists in our environment?

Changing Course to Feed the World in 2050

Marie Clarke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marie Clarke

While policymakers talk about how global agriculture will feed the world, we must remember that food insecurity is local and that 70 percent of the world's hungry are small-scale farmers or agricultural workers. In the end, there is no "we" who feeds "the world."

Climate Change This Week: Carbon Crash Diet, Attack of the Giant Hornets, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

IPCC Says: Humans Cause Global Warming, Need Crash Carbon Diet NOW in their latest report, notes InsideClimate News. To avert ever worsening catastro...

The Information of Food

Sumer S. Johal | Posted 12.01.2013 | Green
Sumer S. Johal

If the world indeed needed is challenged by population growth, don't we need more, smarter professionals as growers, not fewer? And, shouldn't we have more emphasis on making the food ecosystem profitable and efficient, so young people don't leave this important vocation as a career choice?

Big Island Celebrates Hawaiian Agriculture

Gwen Edwards | Posted 11.30.2013 | Hawaii
Gwen Edwards

Last year I tried Mt. Oysters (bull testicles) for the first time. They weren't bad, plus I like the idea of using the whole animal. If we are going to eat meat it makes sense not to waste it.

'Green News Report' - September 26, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

In Nation's Richest Farmland, Some Workers' Kids Get No Education at All

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.26.2013 | Latino Voices
The Center for Public Integrity

California's Kern County is an American agricultural giant. Yet some of its workers' children, after being disciplined for relatively minor offenses, are getting zero education.

Tackling Our Planet's Most Pressing Challenges

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

Our planet's population is nearing 7 billion. The nexus between human well-being and conservation of nature needs our attention more than ever.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

Ken Ash | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ken Ash

'Business as usual' is not an option either if the global food and agriculture system is to meet the planet's food, feed and fuel needs amidst competing demands for water, land and biodiversity resources and the uncertain impacts of climate change.

Wake Up and Smell the Soil! Groundbreaking UN Report on the Paradigm Shift Needed to Feed the Future

Anna Lappé | Posted 11.24.2013 | Green
Anna Lappé

Yes, farmers are at the frontlines of the climate crisis -- often the first and hardest hit by climate disasters -- but they're also the frontlines of the solutions. They're the ones who are best positioned to protect our ecosystems -- including the soil, water, and clean air on which we all depend.

Climate Change This Week: David vs Goliath, Clean Energy Arrives, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

EPA Will Limit Greenhouse Gases from US Coal Plants, reports Suzanne Goldenberg at the UK Guardian. Noting that the US can no longer afford the health...

Mosaics in Food and Agriculture

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The world ought to heed this timely advice -- and wake up. Global warming will "drastically impact agriculture," especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. If left unchanged, industrial agriculture will threaten the security of the twenty-first century.

ReThink Review: GMO OMG -- It Came From Inside Your Food!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Jonathan Kim

"Conventional" farming -- especially with corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and sugar beets -- now increasingly means using GMOs, which is the subject of Jeffrey Seifert's documentary GMO OMG.

The Chicken Industry Loves Federal Handouts

Paul Shapiro | Posted 11.18.2013 | Green
Paul Shapiro

Why would the government do this? In their announcement, the feds were pretty clear: "for surplus removal." In other words, since the poultry meat industry produced more chickens than it could sell, the government will step in and provide a cushy taxpayer bailout.

LOOK: Farmer Finds Out Just How Awesome His Neighbors Really Are

Posted 07.28.2014 | Good News

A group of farmers from Rudyard, Mont., are reminding us what it really means to love your neighbors. Local farm owner Joe Becker broke both of his...

Climate Change This Week: Biblical Rains, Another Solar Breakthough, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Colorado's "Biblical" Flood in Line with Climate Trends reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. He notes that this lethal catastrophic event is c...

Climate Change This Week: Free Solar Energy, Syrian Climate Change, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Climate Change Driven Drought a Driver of Syria Conflict says veteran foreign policy consultant William Polk in The Atlantic. Like the drought that mo...

We Don't Negotiate Life: The Defense of Indigenous Lands and Waters in Honduras

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field September 9, 2013 At stake throughout Honduras, as throughout the world, are indigenous lands, forests, water, mineral...

Should Companies Patent Life?

Judy Frankel | Posted 11.09.2013 | Technology
Judy Frankel

Before we march off into this dark future where the source of our food comes from companies that would like to control all seed and food supplies, remember to find a congressman who would vote against the TPP.

DEFENDING INDIGENOUS LANDS AND WATERS IN HONDURAS: THE CASE OF RIO BLANCO

Beverly Bell | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell and Tory Field Part 29 of the Harvesting Justice series. On September 12, Berta Caceres, Tomás Gomez, and Aureliano Molina, leaders...

Obama Deregulatory Proposal on Poultry Gets Slammed by GAO: Food Safety in Jeopardy and Workers Ignored

Rena Steinzor | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

It's no surprise that the occupational safety and health analysis behind the rule is so bad. USDA failed to consult with OSHA before the proposal was rushed out the door last year.

Giving Voice, and Business Advice, to African Fish Farmers

David Bank | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
David Bank

No need for smartphones or downloaded apps or even SMS text messages -- it turns out voice may be the killer mobile app for reaching millions of farmers in thousands of languages, many of whom can't read.

The Ancestral Values We Inherited: Protecting Indigenous Water, Land, and Culture in Mexico

Beverly Bell | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell An interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales. The following is from an interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales,...