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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.