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Thank You for Blueberries (VIDEO)

Lillian Medville | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lillian Medville

Do you know how much work goes into getting our food to us? Farm to table? So much more work than I realized and still more than I know. That's how much.

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights 'Impressed' With Fair Food Program

Greg Asbed | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Greg Asbed

Two efforts have met on the road, and are sure to work more closely together in the months and years ahead.

Toward an Intelligent Discussion of Farm Support

Jason Evans | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Jason Evans

Are all farm support dollars wisely spent? No. Should Congress revisit current Farm Bill programs to find new efficiencies? Yes.

GE Crop Thriller Leaves Bond and Bourne for Dust

Andrew Gunther | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green
Andrew Gunther

Mounting calls in the U.S. for the labeling of GE foods also represents a huge problem for the likes of Monsanto: What will happen to demand for GE seeds once consumers actually have a real choice over whether or not they consume GE food?

A Penny a Pound, Plus Power: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Changes History

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

CIW members hope that soon all tomato pickers throughout the country will have greater rights and wages, and then all agricultural workers, with the establishment of an industry-wide standard.

Farm Bill Fiasco: What Now?

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 07.14.2013 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

After months of extensions and some breathtaking backdoor dealing, it's time to ask: What are we -- and our rapidly eroding farmlands -- getting out of the bargains being cut between a handful of legislators and the powerful agribusiness lobby?

Climate Change This Week: Acid Arctic, Hot Mama Nature, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

By 2050, California & Southwest Could Have 100% Dry Years NASA Says, reports Climate Progress, according to a NASA analysis, which basically lays out ...

Fixing the Colorado River: First Steps

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 07.10.2013 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Demands on the Colorado River exceed the river's average supply, and this problem is projected to get worse as populations continue to grow and as climate changes increase temperatures and reduce runoff.

Mothers of Pure Food, Rebirthing a Movement

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

This Mother's Day, let us remember mothers and women who understood the patriotic nature of standing up for wholesome food, of standing up for the health of young children who would become our future.

'Shallow Loss' Is a Loser of a Program

Eli Lehrer | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Buried deep inside the $950 billion farm bill soon to come before the House and Senate agriculture committees is a policy proposal that easily ranks among the most misbegotten welfare-for-the-wealthy efforts ever to spring from the banks of the Potomac.

Putting Farmers First at the World Economic Forum

Tony Kalm | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Tony Kalm

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to seven of the world's 10 fastest growing economies. In a discussion I attended of young global leaders, the question was asked: Can Africa feed the world?

Agriculture, and Africa's Future

Richard Attias | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Richard Attias

Africa's agricultural sector has enormous scope for development, which would benefit both the continent's economy and its people. A recent report from...

Urban Agriculture in Delhi: Thousands of Invisible Farmers

Joseph Redwood-Martinez | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Joseph Redwood-Martinez

The local authorities also regularly bulldoze the farmers' houses, constantly displacing them and preventing the farmers from cultivating the banks of the Yamuna. They are treated as a population who is just occupying a piece of land and doing no good for the city.

We Have a Dream: Farmworkers Organize for Justice

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

For decades, farmworkers have been leading a struggle for justice in our food system. Today, a recent string of victories by a farmworker group, together with the steadfast work of other groups, have taken the movement to a whole new level.

Civilization Shift

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Large landowners and agribusinesses in the West have been corrupting the county, state, and federal governments. They siphon off billions of dollars of public subsidies while they cannibalize the family farmers and wreck the communities and ecology of rural America.

Climate Change This Week: Whiplash Weather, Clean Energy Tax Breaks, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.05.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

US Gets Weather Whiplash With Climate Change notes Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. Warming air and oceans mean more moisture in the air, and the ...

A New Diet for the Planet?

Mark Tercek | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

You might expect me to say that environmentalists should say no to meat, and that we should focus on changing what people eat in the interest of saving the planet. But it's not quite so simple.

Climate Change This Week: Solar Shines in 2012, Wrong Clean Energy, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.29.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Solar Grew 5x Faster Than Rest of US Economy in 2012, reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress, adding 14,000 new jobs in California, Arizona, New Jersey ...

Weeding Corporate Power out of Agricultural Policies: Communities Mobilize for Food and Farm Justice

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.29.2013 | Green
Beverly Bell

It regulates agricultural subsidies, food stamps, school lunch programs, rural conservation, and much more. Given the heavy impact this set of laws has on our daily lives, more and more people are asserting the need for public participation in crafting the legislation.

Rural America Tells Washington: Clean Energy Works for Us

Nicole Lederer | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Nicole Lederer

Farmers are stepping up, along with national security and business leaders, to voice their support for an American clean energy economy. Altogether, these advocates represent households in every congressional district in the country. Can our elected representatives afford not to listen?

U.S. Dairy Industry: Leading the Way in Sustainable Innovation

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Sec. Tom Vilsack

U.S. dairy producers are leading the way in productivity and innovation when it comes to sustainable practices. Earlier this afternoon, I joined Innov...

'Potato-PEC' Keeps Spud Prices Artificially High, Suits Allege

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

What energy-rich commodity is harvested from beneath the Earth's surface and subject to price fixing by a small group of powerful landowners? If yo...

Where Is the Scrutiny of Crop Insurance Fraud?

Donald Carr | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Donald Carr

Minnesota Congressman Colin Peterson (D-Minn.) struck a nerve this month when he said that "there is five times as much fraud" in the federal crop insurance program as there is the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

Seeds of Change: Shifting National Agricultural Policies

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Beverly Bell

The need for us to become the policy-makers to create a just and sustainable food supply chain is urgent, because in the hands of the US government it has become increasingly unjust and unsustainable.

An Earth Day Note for Farmers

Jason Evans | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Jason Evans

Like all entrepreneurs, though, the farmer has a bottom line to maintain and a tendency to view government regulation as a barrier to progress and profit. And, who would blame them?