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What Can the Horn of Africa Do in the Face of Severe Droughts?

Vinod Thomas | Posted 10.04.2011 | World
Vinod Thomas

Given the unfortunate recurrence of droughts in the Horn of Africa, there is urgency in investing and maintaining drought resilient agriculture and agribusiness.

Lynne Peeples

Upward-Tick In Tick Infections: Discovery Of New Disease Highlights Another Risk Of Environmental Change | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.04.2011 | Green

If the rising risks of Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis or Babesiosis weren't reasons enough to take extra precautions while outdoors this summer -- and to ...

Why Are Young, Educated Americans Going Back to the Farm?

Turnstyle | Posted 10.02.2011 | Green

Photo Credit: Nelson Harvey/Turnstyle Two farmers smile in Paonia, Colorado. Originally published on, a digital information servi...

Why Are Young, Educated Americans Going Back to the Farm?

Turnstyle | Posted 10.02.2011 | Green

Photo Credit: Nelson Harvey/Turnstyle Two farmers smile in Paonia, Colorado. Originally published on, a digital information servi...

Joshua Hersh

Somalia Famine: Fewer Refugees Making It To Food Supplies, Aid Workers Say | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.28.2011 | World

The number of refugees pouring out of famine-stricken Somalia has greatly reduced in recent days, aid workers in the region say -- and that may not be...

"Land Grabs" in Agriculture: Fairer Deals Needed to Ensure Opportunity for Locals

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.26.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

The trend of international land grabbing -- when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export -- can have serious consequences.

Drought 2011: Texas Agriculture Losses Could Set New Record

AP | By BETSY BLANEY | Posted 09.26.2011 | Home

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Randy McGee spent $28,000 in one month pumping water onto about 500 acres in West Texas before he decided to give up irrigating 75 a...

Feds Propose Clearer Food Labels On Meat Additives

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 09.20.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department wants consumers to know when there's less chicken in their chicken. A proposed rule aimed at food companies ...

Agricultural Innovation to Feed the World

Paul Schickler | Posted 09.20.2011 | Business
Paul Schickler

Recently, China purchased unexpected quantities of corn, boosting corn prices in the United States. This is not only good for American farmers. Those ...

Congress's Short-Sighted Farm Policy

Dan Morgan | Posted 09.19.2011 | Green
Dan Morgan

This summer, agriculture is again center stage in the policy debate. There's plenty of fat and waste in the farm programs, but there's also an urgent need for a new vision of American farming in the 21st century.

World Population Day: Agriculture Offers Huge Opportunities for a Planet of 7 Billion

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.06.2011 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

Agriculture is emerging as a solution to mitigating climate change, reducing public health problems and costs, making cities more livable, and creating jobs in a stagnant global economy.

Targeting Gaps in the Food Supply Chain: Going Beyond Agricultural Production to Achieve Food Security

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.14.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

Inefficiencies in harvesting, packaging, storing, transporting, marketing and selling, rather than just low yields or poor farming techniques, are often to blame for food shortages and low prices for growers.

Multiple Crises Call for Multifaceted Actions

Vinod Thomas | Posted 09.14.2011 | World
Vinod Thomas

The financial, food and fuel crises as well as climate-related disasters have dominated the global stage in the past five years. Unless we recognize the interconnectivity among these events, responses will likely remain inadequate.

Pest Trapper Keeps Citrus Disease At Bay

AP/The Huffington Post | By GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 09.14.2011 | Home

CENTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- On a bright July morning, Adam Marler punched locations into a GPS device and set off in his pickup truck from Fresno into...

Parched Cattle Drink Themselves To Death

AP | By BETSY BLANEY | Posted 09.13.2011 | Home

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The unrelenting Texas drought has produced a cruelly ironic twist: cattle dying from too much water. Agriculture officials in parch...

Berkeley's Newest Urban Farm Is Totally Mobile

Anneli Rufus | Posted 09.11.2011 | San Francisco
Anneli Rufus

2011-07-06-urbanfarmberkeley.gifWhile all urban farms aim to heal the world, Berkeley's newest such enterprise is going at it from an environmental, educational, social-justice and spiritual angle.

Why We Should Care Where Our Food Comes From

Malia Cohen | Posted 09.11.2011 | San Francisco
Malia Cohen

The San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market is a gem nestled in the heart of the Southeast Section of San Francisco. Now that the lease is about to expire, the City is looking to renew the lease with a larger vision for the future.

Reducing Food Waste: Making the Most of Our Abundance

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.31.2011 | Home
Danielle Nierenberg

New statistics from the UN state that roughly one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is lost or wasted, amounting to some 1.3 billion tons per year.

Lucia Graves

Monsanto Under Federal Investigation For Cash Incentives Program | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.30.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Global agribusiness giant Monsanto is under federal investigation for using cash incentives to persuade distributors to use Roundup, the...

Farm Dreams: If You're Not on the Land You Love...

Linda Buzzell | Posted 08.28.2011 | Green
Linda Buzzell

Remember that old song: "If you're not with the one you love, love the one you're with"? The words keep running through my mind as I listen to many of our friends who dream of someday owning traditional farms and farmland.

Why Laying Off Ag Reporter Philip Brasher Is Bad for Food

Paula Crossfield | Posted 08.24.2011 | Home
Paula Crossfield

The agriculture beat was once an important area of coverage at all major outlets, delivering information about rural areas as well as policy making on food in Washington. But the "agriculture beat" has been dying a slow death for five decades.

Lucia Graves

Roundup: Scientists Say World's Top-Selling Weedkiller Causes Birth Defects | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.24.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The chemical at the heart of the planet’s most widely used herbicide -- Roundup weedkiller, used in farms and gardens across the U.S. ...

Innovating Our Way to a Second Green Revolution

Robert Hormats | Posted 08.22.2011 | Green
Robert Hormats

Nearly one billion people -- one seventh of the world's population -- suffer from chronic hunger. But, through the work of many, progress is being made.

Where Are You?

Josh Tetrick | Posted 08.22.2011 | Home
Josh Tetrick

Where are you? Three rows of masks hang on the wall. Barbed-wire encircles the building. Enormous sets of fans bang. Machines power on intermittently...

New Approaches: A View from Aspen Environment Forum 2011

John Sauer | Posted 08.21.2011 | Impact
John Sauer

Despite the enormity of the challenges of mitigating our footprint, reducing carbon emissions, and providing sanitation to the 2.6 billion people without a toilet, the forum was a good reminder that adversity brings opportunity.