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Monsanto Is Selling Itself For $66 Billion In Pesticide Megamerger

Reuters | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 09.14.2016 | Business

NEW YORK/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German drugs and crop chemicals company Bayer has won over U.S. seeds firm Monsanto with an improved takeover offer of ...

What Debt In Chicken Farming Says About American Agriculture

Sally Lee | Posted 07.19.2016 | Business
Sally Lee

This is not the model for agriculture that we should promote if we want to avoid another farm debt crisis.

The Congressional Blacklist

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

2016 will be different. First, more voters will be coming to the polls because of the Presidential election. Second, they will be better educated because there is now a blacklist of the most heinous vote-against-the-public, vote-for-the-funders offenders.

A Tale of Two Nations: Climate Courage & Cowardice

Paul Shapiro | Posted 06.24.2016 | Impact
Paul Shapiro

The climate contrast this week could hardly be starker: China announced an ambitious goal--hailed by climate campaigners--of slashing meat consumption in half. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., a major company apologized for merely tweeting about meat reduction's positive eco-impacts.

Sweet Cornageddon

Donald Carr | Posted 06.30.2016 | Green
Donald Carr

The modern farm lobby has many similarities with the Republican Party like denying climate change and calling for the repeal of Obamacare in policy books. Until today...

Ag Lobby Paints Itself Into a Conservation Corner

Donald Carr | Posted 05.19.2016 | Green
Donald Carr

We should be paying farmers to do the right thing. Conservation needs to be viewed as a crop since incentives will be key to water quality and GHG reduction efforts. But if the ultimate goal is clean water and agriculture productivity, then the ag lobby is going to have to fight hard and loud for conservation funding.

Let's #OpentheBarns to Transparency

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

As Big Ag continues its efforts to conceal the truth about how animals suffer on factory farms, the ASPCA and advocates continue our counterattack to protect the public's right to know what goes on there.

Dispatch: 'Growing a New America: Detox Diet, the Future of Food, and How to Be Happy and Healthy'

Miriam Ava | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

I'm Miriam Ava, the ambassador of good taste. I share messages that matter, one Dispatch at a time. The launch of Dr. Mark Hyman's latest book The Bl...

A New Wave Of Democracy, And How Corporations Are Trying To Silence Your Voice And Your Choice

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Andrew Kimbrell

Too often democracy has meant voting every couple of years for a candidate that is "the lesser of two evils." But now, citizens and their representatives all across the country are voting directly on major social and technology issues that impact their families and neighborhoods.

The Clean Water Act 42 Years Later

Margie Alt | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Margie Alt

No longer a fire hazard, Cleveland's Cuyahoga River is now home to wildlife. The Boston Harbor has gone from "Dirtiest in America" to a "Great American Jewel." And the Willamette River in Oregon has stopped serving the role of public sewer.

GMOs Expose Dangerous Science Disconnect in Agriculture

Donald Carr | Posted 12.25.2014 | Green
Donald Carr

A huge gulf exists in farmer attitudes toward science. Growers clearly accept the scientific evidence that modified food is safe while rejecting the scientific evidence that climate change is real and caused by human activity. And this chasm is driven by simple economics. One finding makes farmers money, but the other doesn't -- yet.

Don't Think of a Clean River

Margie Alt | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Margie Alt

Americans care about our rivers, from the Hudson to the Mississippi to the Colorado. We fish in them, swim in them, paddle in them. They're where we take our kids to summer camp. They provide us with drinking water.

Why The Makers of Animal Growth Hormones Shouldn't Control the Hunger Debate

Andy Bellatti | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Andy Bellatti

As long as the conversation about world hunger continues to center around -- and be dominated by -- the myth that we are not growing enough food, we can expect the problem to get worse.

There Is a Way to Stop Tragic Livestock Fires

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 05.04.2014 | Green
Martha Rosenberg

This week more than 1,000 hogs were killed by a fire at the farm near the Carroll County community of Cutler in Central Indiana.

'Farmed and Dangerous': The Food Emperor's New Clothes

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.03.2014 | Home
Eric Holt Gimenez

Whether Farmed and Dangerous is a successful marketing ploy for Chipotle depends on just how unbelievable Big Ag has become.

It's Time for Factory Farms to Pay Their Fair Share

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Big chicken processing companies generate 1.5 billion pounds of fowl waste annually in Delmarva (the Delaware, Maryland, Virginia tri-state area), and...

Stop Feeding the Beast and Start Feeding the People

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

by Coach Mark Smallwood, executive director at Rodale Institute Have you ever wondered how anyone makes any money on a $2.00 bag of nacho-cheese-flav...

What's in the 2014 Farm Bill?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The ultimate deal was far from perfect, but it reflects the growing power of the food movement and it just might hint at the beginnings of a new direction for American agriculture.

USDA Greenlights Dow's 2,4-D Seeds

Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home
Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

USDA welcomed in the new year by presenting Dow AgroSciences with a bountiful gift: a virtual green light for the pesticide company's new genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean seeds. These crops are designed specifically to be used with Dow's infamous herbicide, 2,4-D.

'Big Ag' Is Feeding My Family

Nicole Patterson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Home
Nicole Patterson

We are getting closer -- closer to me finishing school, and closer to the wedding. But something even closer than that will happen within the next few...

The Peterson Farm Brothers Are Giving A Face to Big-Ag

Food Politic | Posted 03.09.2014 | Home
Food Politic

If farmers want the public to understand and respect their work, that needs to change.

New Year's Resolutions For Big Food

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 05.02.2014 | Green

It was a big year for Big Food. More fast food chains pledged to stop using gestation crates. Country of origin rules -- mandating that meat suppliers...

Farm Bill Could Overturn States' Progress In Humane Agriculture

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green

A proposed amendment to the $1 trillion federal farm bill is of concern to both states’ rights and humane farming advocates as Congress looks to fin...

Washingtonians Fight for GMO Labeling

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Green
C. Robert Gibson

This November, voters in Washington State will get to decide whether or not people should have the right to know if there are genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the food they buy when they vote on Initiative 522.

Where Did All the Farmers Go?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Michael Rosenblum

Sometimes you get a confluence of things you read that give you a new insight into the way things work.