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Who Will Be Africa's Brazil?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The Brazilian "model" is one of balance -- between economic discipline and social solidarity, efficiency and equity, markets and people. That's worth imitating in Africa.

Food History: Why Should We Care?

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.16.2012 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

By exploring food history, we realize that many elements of our everyday life that we consider connected to current events were already a source of preoccupation for earlier generations.

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...

'Green News Report' - March 8, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.08.2012 | 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: Obama fir...

Bachmann Celebrates Bipartisanship With 'Hot Dish'

Stillwater Patch | Shawn Hogendorf | Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was fixin' up some servings of the old "The Croix River Crossing Hot Dish" on Capitol Hill tod...

Celebrating International Women's Day

Brooke Edwards | Posted 05.08.2012 | Impact
Brooke Edwards

Gender equality is a fundamental 'cornerstone' of our work because we understand the extraordinary potential of women to change the circumstances of their own lives and their families' lives.

'Green News Report' - March 6, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.06.2012 | 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: Iran war ...

Who Feeds the World? (Girls)

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 05.02.2012 | Business
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

So how can we ensure that Africa's agricultural science and research is really focused on the needs of those who feed the world?

'Green News Report' - March 1, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.01.2012 | 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: March roa...

A New Guide to Local and Regional Food

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 04.30.2012 | Food
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.

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

Cara Rosaen | Posted 04.25.2012 | Food
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.

Banana Republic Legacy Thrives in Today's Latin America

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

The term "banana republic" has become a cliche to describe economic imperialism throughout history, but the legacy of colonialism persists in Latin America today.

Has Anyone in Washington Noticed the Price of a Box of Pasta Lately?

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Steven Kurlander

While most Americans spend about 10% of their family's budget on groceries, about one-third of them actually spend closer to 20%, so large increases in grocery prices means less spending on consumer goods, which account for a great portion of our economic activity.

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.

Farm City

Leah Mayor | Posted 04.18.2012 | Food
Leah Mayor

Urban agriculture is no small task. In the world of food and farming, nutrition starts with soil. That is to say that, soil quality directly translates into the nutrient content of the food we eat.

Farmers Are Ready to Do Their Part on Climate Change

Kanayo F. Nwanze | Posted 04.16.2012 | Food
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.

Lawmakers Caught In Tricky Situation, Key Group Prepares For The Worst

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Promoting farm subsidies was once a no-brainer for rural members of Congress seeking re-election. This year, it's a bit trickier. As la...

The Farm Bill Saga Begins (Again): Will Development Be on the Stage, in the Wings or Out of Luck?

Kimberly Ann Elliott | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Kimberly Ann Elliott

The budget situation offers opportunities to reform American farm policy to make it more efficient and equitable -- at home and abroad -- but only if the issues are debated fully and openly and with all the stakeholders represented.

WATCH: Rhino Dung Helps Grow Great Vegetables

Liza de Guia | Posted 04.17.2012 | Food
Liza de Guia

Kenneth Jazi was committed to finding something local, something natural to grow his vegetables with -- little did he know that rhino dung would be his answer.

Small Walnut Farmers Cut Supply To Big Foods Company

Reuters | Posted 04.14.2012 | Small Business

(By Mihir Dalal and P.J. Huffstutter - Reuters) - Some California farmers plan to stop selling their walnuts to Diamond Foods Inc in the wake of an ac...

Farmers Mount Risky Fight Against Fertilizer Companies

Reuters | Posted 04.14.2012 | Food

(Repeating from earlier) * Farmers put off fertilizer purchases due to high prices * Delays may lead to last-minute surg...

Lynne Peeples

Going Hog Wild: Weaning Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs Out Of Pork

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green

After nearly succumbing to an antibiotic-resistant infection contracted from one of his hogs, Russ Kremer went cold turkey. He exterminated his diseas...