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Experts Develop New Wheat Strain

Reuters | Tan Ee Lyn | Posted 05.12.2012 | Green

By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG (Reuters) - Scientists in Australia have crossed a popular, commercial variety of wheat with an ancient species...

Scientists Warn EPA About Monsanto Corn

Reuters | Carey Gillam | Posted 05.09.2012 | Green

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - A group of plant scientists is warning federal regulators that action is needed to mitigate a growing probl...

A New Guide to Local and Regional Food

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Sec. Tom Vilsack

It's the public face of our commitment to help agricultural operations of all sizes take advantage of new opportunities, meet the growing demand for local and regional food and succeed in America's diverse marketplace.

Lynne Peeples

Farm Bill 2012 Eyed For Enhancing Conservation -- Of Soil And Farmers' Livelihood

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.28.2012 | Green

American farmers suffered more crop losses in 2011 than in any other year in recorded history. Total insurance payouts have surpassed $9 billion, and ...

An Egg, Is an Egg, Is an Egg. Except It's Not.

Cara Rosaen | Posted 04.25.2012 | Home
Cara Rosaen

We assume our food system has somehow taken care of itself. The aisles of perfectly aligned boxes, and perfectly stacked produce reflect a system where a tomato is a tomato is a tomato, or an egg is an egg is an egg. Food is a commodity and it's all the same. But it's not.

Elephants Behaving Badly, And Animal Detectives Now Know Why

| Daniel Strain | Posted 02.24.2012 | Science

Elephants may give birth to live young, but they can still be bad eggs. A new study shows how seemingly good elephants turn rotten, at least from a hu...

Sustainable Food on Safari: Salmon Trout at Londolozi Game Reserve (Video)

Liza de Guia | Posted 04.25.2012 | Home
Liza de Guia

Meet Executive Chef Craig Paterson from the Londolozi Game Reserve as he takes us through a colorful starter that speaks to the flavors of South Afric...

High Price of Monopoly: Why American Farmers Must Buy From Just One Seed Company

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
John W. Boyd Jr.

Monsanto's monopoly limits farmers' choices and threatens our livelihoods. But America's antitrust laws were enacted to protect us from this very situation. These laws are premised on the belief that competitive markets produce the best products, and they need to be enforced.

In Praise of Inefficiency

Carl Safina | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

Some people get rich by creating good things, and they support many people. But some people -- they used to be called robber barons -- succeed at others' expense. So just as wealth isn't necessarily bad, "efficiency" isn't necessarily good.

The Founding Gardeners and Their Love of Nature

Linda Buzzell | Posted 04.18.2012 | Green
Linda Buzzell

Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Madison were all obsessively in love with their own gardens, farms, plants and the enthralling natural vistas of the new nation.

Dow and Monsanto's Plan to Increase the Toxic Pesticides Sprayed in America's Heartland

Richard Schiffman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Green
Richard Schiffman

These two biotech giants have developed a weed management program that, if successful, would go a long way toward a predicted doubling of harmful herbicide use in America's corn belt during the next decade.

Farmers Are Ready to Do Their Part on Climate Change

Kanayo F. Nwanze | Posted 04.16.2012 | Home
Kanayo F. Nwanze

The challenge of growing more food can be met only if sustainability is the foundation of approaches to food security and poverty reduction in every country and every community.

Passed Down And Paid Forward

Milkshake | Posted 04.11.2012 | Good News
Milkshake

In a much more geographically diverse region where water itself is already a precious commodity, Buffett feels adamant that teaching the world to farm like Americans is not the answer. The secret lies in working with the earth rather than against it.

Monsanto's Great Expectations (and Not-So-Great Results)

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

Given the unvarnished facts about the failures of Monsanto's products and its widespread damage to the environment, how has the company been able to convince anyone that it is, according to its latest PR effort, "improving agriculture and improving lives"?

A New York Story: Queens County Farm

Nick Barnicle | Posted 04.09.2012 | New York
Nick Barnicle

Kennon Kay is a normal twenty-something New Yorker, but only in New York can you start your day feeding chickens and end it circling the block for a parking space.2012-02-07-pullquote1.jpg

Dave Jamieson

GOP Congressman, Senate Hopeful Vows To Kill Child Labor Regulations

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a speech expounding on the rift between rural America and Washington D.C., Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) vowed Thursday to use his fun...

The Zen of Pruning

Linda Buzzell | Posted 03.17.2012 | Green
Linda Buzzell

Where did we get the arrogant idea that we know better than the plant itself how to maximize its productivity and health?

'Green News Report' - January 5, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.06.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Riots over ...

Why We Farm: The Final Chapter

Neysa King | Posted 03.06.2012 | Home
Neysa King

I began Dissertation to Dirt hoping to answer a single question: can young Americans make a career of farming? It may not seem compelling at first, but that question is the heart of the food movement.

'Green News Report' - January 3, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.04.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: We're back!...

Top 10 Reasons to Become an Urban Beekeeper

Megan Paska | Posted 02.29.2012 | Green
Megan Paska

While having your own brand of honey is going to be a top reason for most, there are plenty of other selling points. Beekeeping has, for me, been one of the most fun and engaging things I've ever gotten tangled up in.

Do Not Compare My Dogs to Pigs. Ever.

Jenna Woginrich | Posted 02.28.2012 | Green
Jenna Woginrich

I refuse to see all animals as equals. Call me a speciesist all you like. Livestock raised for our plate are not on the same emotional, societal, or cultural plane as dogs.

Big Ag's Gifts For 2011

Andrew Gunther | Posted 02.27.2012 | Home
Andrew Gunther

Cheap food comes at a cost. But the good news is that it is not too late to change the way our food is produced.

Plotting a Path to a More Peaceful World

Tim Hanstad | Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

Tis the season when hope for peace runs high. The season when I renew my commitment to creating a better world, based in large measure on the experiences of villagers across the globe, like the ones I met in Chillipoi.

How Food Politics Can Affect Your Election Choices

Marcus Samuelsson | Posted 02.21.2012 | Home
Marcus Samuelsson

Food accessibility, costs, and subsidies will come into sharp focus as Congress looks to cut at least $23 billion in subsidies in the 2012 Farm Bill. While cuts are crucial to stem the growing deficit, many will only hurt the population and can threaten the economy in the long run.