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Industrial 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's Gifts for 2013

Andrew Gunther | Posted 02.26.2014 | Home
Andrew Gunther

Gifts that we didn't really want, need or -- in some cases -- didn't even know about. Here's my top 10 for 2013. It's just a shame they didn't include a gift receipt...

To Feed and Protect the World, Rein In Corporate Ag

Andrea Brower | Posted 02.01.2014 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

Food production and distribution are not inherently destructive. Agriculture can also be a major source of carbon sequestration and a builder of biodiversity and ecological resilience. But moving in the direction of a sustainable and equitable food system requires reining in the power of transnational corporate agribusiness.

Monoculture Soy and the Future of the Paraguayan Campesino

Mario Machado | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Mario Machado

Paraguay, like many developing countries across the world, has a national wealth and cultural identity that is tied directly to the production from its land. But it is this very land-wealth that continues to be effected by strong forces beyond its borders, most notably globalization and neoliberal orthodoxy.

Thanksgiving: Feasting, Fasting and Climate Change

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

Food--and how it is grown -- has a lot to do with climate change. Industrial agriculture produces around a quarter to a third of the world's food. It emits around a quarter of the world's greenhouse gasses.

Are Oreos Addictive?

Leo Brown | Posted 10.20.2013 | Taste
Leo Brown

As a nation, our eating habits are out of control. Instead of fixating on the latest study, we need to reject the status quo, vote with our grocery dollars, and call for the government to reallocate public funds to stem the spread of cheap junk.

Thinking Beyond the Clown

Anna Lappé | Posted 11.13.2013 | Parents
Anna Lappé

Of course, it's the parents' responsibility to make sure their children are healthy. But it's also our nation's responsibility to make sure the environment we parent in doesn't make it difficult, and in some cases impossible, to do so.

3 Major Food System Problems--in Cartoons

Maria Rodale | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Excerpts from the new book Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics by Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Paulette Goddard Professor in the departm...

Agricultural Abuse of Antibiotics: Looming Crisis Warrants Big Changes

Steve Heilig | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Steve Heilig

The battle to reduce agricultural use of antibiotics continues. The stakes are high -- and may be even higher than before.

WATCH: Forget Everything You Know About Veggies

Posted 06.06.2013 | Healthy Living

Those of us who follow nutrition news have heard it all. We try to eat food, not too much, mostly plants. We were scared of, then rehabilitated toward...

Got Science? ALEC Threatens Food Safety With 'Ag Gag' Laws

Seth Shulman | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Seth Shulman

Ironically, "ag-gag" laws are being pushed at a time of heightened public concerns about healthy eating and the safety of the food supply. Nonetheless, ALEC's strategy, while receiving relatively little press, has proved alarmingly successful so far.

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.

Farm to Fork Across America: 'Farming Beyond Me... Fighting the Tide in a Sea of Wheat'

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Green
Julie Ann Fineman

For over 60 years, the chronic use of inorganic fertilizers and chemicals has poisoned the Palouse's eco-system food chain. This has far reaching impact as toxic soil runoff spreads through the Columbia River watershed.

To Save the Earth, We Must Change What We Eat

Richard Schiffman | Posted 01.03.2013 | Green
Richard Schiffman

What will we be eating in the future? The history of food has been one long, changeable feast. If we continue to change what we eat and how we grow it, we may be able to feed the hungry mouths of the future.

Three Ways Buying Organic Helps the Planet

Intent | Posted 11.14.2012 | Home

It's easy to get disheartened when confronted with the overwhelming and often depressing statistics we have about climate change, obesity and food shortage today. But think of the power all of us have to make a change.

Lynne Peeples

Centuries-Old Poison Still Used In Poultry Feed, Pesticides | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green

Industrial food production has enlisted many innovative, albeit controversial, tools in recent years -- broad-spectrum pesticides and genetically modi...

Lynne Peeples

Arresting Arsenic: How A Notorious Poison Permeates Our Food And Drink | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.10.2012 | Green

A French maid, a promiscuous husband, and an angry wife -- the first arsenic poisoning patient that Dr. Michael Harbut saw in his Michigan practice wa...

Lynne Peeples

'Silent Spring' Turns 50: Rachel Carson Warned Of 'Pesticide Treadmill' Powered By Big Ag | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.27.2012 | Green

"This is not what Rachel Carson would have wanted for her 50th anniversary present." Mardi Mellon, senior scientist with the non-profit Union of Co...

Organic Agriculture: Fifty (Plus) Shades of Gray

Kristin Wartman | Posted 11.19.2012 | Home
Kristin Wartman

Labels do matter -- and what the Stanford analysis brings to the fore is the need for deeper, more comprehensive studies on the infinite shades of gray when it comes to agricultural practices

Increasing Pollution, Dwindling Options

Donald Carr | Posted 11.19.2012 | Green
Donald Carr

Industrial agriculture, not manufacturing, gas drilling or mining, is the largest contributor to America's water pollution problem.

Local Food Production for the Future

Chris Covelli | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home
Chris Covelli

As I look around my Midwestern countryside at the hundreds of thousands of acres of corn being cut early for silage instead of grain as was intended, it only further irritates my sensibility regarding how we use our land -- as a culture and a society.

Farm To Fork Across America: Linus Pauling Institute -- It's All About Science

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Home
Julie Ann Fineman

Our discussions raised critical questions: How do conventional and organic farming and manufacturing processes impact food quality? What toxins are present in raw and processed products? How does milling and cooking alter nutrient composition?

Policymakers Are AWOL on Agricultural Challenges

Mark Muller | Posted 10.20.2012 | Green
Mark Muller

Taxpayer-funded Band-Aids are getting expensive and do nothing to address the structural challenges in food and agriculture.

Drought-Stricken Farmers Pay the Price for Failed Climate Bill

Donald Carr | Posted 10.02.2012 | Green
Donald Carr

In the face of crippling drought across the Corn Belt, Congress is considering funding a disaster aid package with cuts to climate friendly conservation programs.

Where Have All the Farms Gone?

Karen Steuer | Posted 05.27.2012 | Green
Karen Steuer

Long gone are the iconic scenes of American landscapes dotted with family farms and red barns. Most of these have been replaced by industrialized facilities controlled by large corporations that rely on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).