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Industrial Agriculture

Agroecology and industrial farming: leveling the playing field

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 08.05.2016 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

Driving across the United States, the landscape of genetically modified corn stretches for hundreds of miles. Same crop, same variety, same methods, even the same seed company dominates the heartland--visual proof of the dominance of industrial agriculture. (Most of this vast sea of corn is used for animal feed or ethanol production rather than for human consumption...)

A Cow's Life: It Isn't All Clover

John J. Berger | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
John J. Berger

Review: Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America's Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment, by Denis Hayes & Gail Boyer Ha...

Unregulated Farm Pollution, Not Billboards, Is the Real Scandal

Scott Faber | Posted 04.19.2016 | Green
Scott Faber

For some legislators, it's a "scandal" that a coalition receiving public funds would highlight the sad fact that farmers can pollute streams and get away with it.

Thinking Globally and Systemically: The 2016 Food Justice Summit

Andrea Brower | Posted 01.15.2016 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

Control over food, and the resources necessary to produce food, has had a long and intimate relationship with the economic logic that currently rules ...

Eat Well and Don't Wreck the Planet: Choose Organic

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.04.2016 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

To be the best we can be, we should eat the best food we can--starting with cleaner ingredients that don't wreck the planet on which our food is grown--or the people growing it.

Tools of the Trade

Sophie Mendelson | Posted 12.02.2015 | Green
Sophie Mendelson

We can choose to pursue technologies that enable the kind of farming we want. Or we can choose to farm differently, in order to engage with the kinds of technologies we want, to the degree that we want.

The C-Word: Why Compromise Shouldn't Be A Dirty Word In Agriculture

Sophie Mendelson | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
Sophie Mendelson

It's not acceptable to fail to grow enough food to meet demand, but neither is it acceptable to cripple already stressed ecosystems and water sources with substances that are known to be harmful.

Liquidating Our Water Resources - California Drought Highlights Unsustainable Agricultural Practices

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

The drought in California is now in its fourth year and the worst on record. All Americans should be concerned, because California produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

Hillary vs. Bernie on Frankenfood

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Food is a good reason for Democrats and Republicans to abscond from their "politics as usual" party loyalties and vote for Bernie Sanders, the 38-year Independent running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Defies GOP Legislature, Vetoes 'Ag-Gag' Bill

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a bill on Friday, sent to him by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, that would have allow...

Cheeseburgers, Climate Change And The California Drought

Nathan Runkle | Posted 05.12.2016 | Green
Nathan Runkle

When the commercial and residential sectors are responsible for a mere 20 percent of the state's water use, shorter showers will offer barely more than a drop in the near-empty bucket. The real culprit is not the water wastage in our bathtubs and fountains, or even on our golf courses -- it's on our plates.

Big Ag's Gifts for 2014

Andrew Gunther | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Gunther

It's a tradition of mine to write a note of gratitude to Big Ag for the many "gifts" they've bestowed upon us all over the past 12 months. Gifts that ...

It's a Long Way From Texas to Toledo

Donald Carr | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
Donald Carr

Lead by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the U.S. agriculture lobby has relentlessly pushed back against new Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules for improving U.S. water quality.

Defending Beef: Nicolette Hahn Niman's Call for a Third Way

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Kurt Michael Friese

Contrary to the dogma of many environmental and human health advocates, beef is not inherently bad for either the earth or our personal well-being. Like so many things in our modern world, though, the over-production and over-consumption of it can be.

Defang Agriculture

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

My long experience with pesticides, agriculture, and the environment has convinced me we must defang agriculture. Ban most of its biocides. Keep some pesticides for emergencies. But these chemicals are not necessary to produce food. Organic farming is a proof of that.

Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness™? Well, Does It Come From a Nipple?

Erica Wides | Posted 10.13.2014 | Home
Erica Wides

I've been with Adam, my husband, for 13 years. Well, we're not actually really married, per se, but I consider him my husband, and I refer to him as such.

We Can Reverse Climate Change By The Way We Grow Food

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

Beyond "stemming" the effects of climate change on agriculture however, the way we produce food has the potential to substantially address and even reverse many of the root causes driving climate change.

A Not-So-Subtle Meditation on Sugar

Kristin Wartman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Home
Kristin Wartman

As people streamed out of the Kara Walker installation "A Subtlety" on a recent Sunday afternoon to buy an ice cream cone from one of the trucks idling outside the old Domino Sugar Factory on the Williamsburg waterfront, I wondered how many thought about the jarring contradiction...

The White Stuff That Comes From Cows

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 08.16.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Exploding demand for milk and dairy products around the world and especially in China has created a dynamic market.

Farmland and Fed Up: Two Documentaries, Two Reactions From Big Food

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

With these movies, we see two reactions by Big Agriculture and Big Food to documentaries sounding the alarm about America's systemic problems with food, from how it's produced, marketed, and regulated to its final impact on eaters suffering from a growing list of ailments. But both responses are ultimately problematic.

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.

Foie Gras Vs. Factory-Farmed Chicken: Which Will Make A Greater Difference?

Jenn Louis | Posted 04.29.2014 | Home
Jenn Louis

Please focus your energy towards something that will make a BIG difference. U.S. factory-farmed chicken is a phenomenally greater issue to be concerned about than the great foie gras debate.

The Difference Between a Farmer and a Global Chemical Corporation

Andrea Brower | Posted 04.13.2014 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

Whether one is skeptical, hopeful, or a mix of both about the science and technology of genetic engineering, we must differentiate between what is good for Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF and Bayer, and what is good for farmers and farmworkers.

Human Footprints to a Harrowing Future

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I have read dozens of books dealing with the natural world and the environmental crisis. But rarely have I come across the mirror of the world I disco...

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.