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"For a Better Life for the Peasants": Food Sovereignty and Land Reform in Haiti (Part II)

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen (Heads Together Small Producers of Haiti) is one of Haiti's two national peasant farmer movements. The oldest peasant gro...

Nitrogen Fertilizer's Toll: Not Just Dead Zones

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Donald Carr

It is time for agriculture to dramatically reduce the millions of pounds of nitrogen pollution that flow off farms every year and then contaminate public waterways and drinking water supplies.

Editorializing for Animal Protection, Agricultural Progress

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The general answer for agriculture is that it cannot stand in place. It also cannot hope to gain the trust of consumers when it defends outright cruelty and abuse that the law should forbid.

Crying Over Spilled Milk: MA Ag Bureaucrat in Desperate Maneuvers

David E. Gumpert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
David E. Gumpert

Even by Massachusetts political standards, which are quite low, the late-Friday maneuver by Massachusetts' agriculture commissioner was a curious one.

Michelle Obama Can Lead a Global Movement for Organic Food

Devinder Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Devinder Sharma

An environmentally devastating food production system, sustained by massive farm subsidies, has played havoc with human health and exacerbated global temperatures.

Agricultural Production in Central Valley Leaves Toxic Legacy for Locals

Erica Gies | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erica Gies

California's Central Valley is among the most productive agricultural regions in the world. But its bounty brings fertilizer and pesticide runoff, polluting water and tainting wells.

Breaking: Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Landmark Egg Bill

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Wayne Pacelle

With 40 million consumers in California, it would be hard to overestimate the potential of this bill to change the way laying hens are treated throughout the country.

Innovative Ways of Hearing Farmers' Voices

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

The Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) lives up to its name by linking farmers, businesses, academia, researchers, donors, and national and regional governments.

Two-Headed Calf Born In Egypt, Farmer Calls It 'Miracle'

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) CAIRO -- A farmer in northern Egypt says his cow has given birth to a two-headed calf that he calls a "divine miracle." Sobhy el-Ganzoury said S...

An Open Letter on Haitian Agriculture to the CEO of Monsanto

Crossover Dreams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Crossover Dreams

Monsanto's own corporate history doesn't inspire a lot of trust, and Haitian farmers are not alone in their skepticism of your model and embrace of alternatives.

Will Farm Subsidies Be the Tea Partiers' Achilles' Heel?

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

It's odd that Tea Party candidates have had so little to say about one area of wasteful spending that all limited government advocates should be able to agree on -- the USDA's farm subsidy programs.

Watch: Veggies Gone Wild!!!

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

By Jo Becker, advocacy director for the children's rights division of Human Rights Watch Hundreds of thousands of children are employed as farmwork...

Overtime for Farmworkers in California: Who Will it Hurt?

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ramon Resa, MD

"Up before dawn, working until sunset picking plums and filling the bins. We work each day until Apa says it's time to quit." (excerpt from Out of the...

The Next Step: Adding Cover Crop to a No-Till System (VIDEO)

Rebecca Gerendasy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebecca Gerendasy

From Cooking Up a Story: Dan Forgey, farm manager at Cronin Farms in South Dakota, has been using no-till management for more than 17 years. Over that...

Michael Pollan Makes TIME 100 List, Alice Waters Says She Was 'Pollanized' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

TIME released their annual TIME 100 issue last week, naming the people who have most influenced our world, and author/journalist/food activist Michael...

Grow, Baby, Grow

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephan B. Tanda

Who could forget Sarah Palin's famous line during the 2008 presidential campaign: "Drill, baby, drill!" With the current environmental and economic di...

Ohio Landmark: Behind the Animal Welfare Agreement

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

In an agreement forged Wednesday, we were able to come to an agreement where all three parties have committed to recommend the enactment of a series of eight landmark reforms on animal welfare.

Life in the Gulf Dead Zone

Chris Kromm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Chris Kromm

The already-expanding Gulf Dead Zone presents a uniquely dangerous scenario that many fear poses a long-term threat to ocean life.

Agreement Reached on Ohio Animal Welfare Reforms

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

I just stepped away from a press conference in the Cabinet Room of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland where he, Ohio Farm Bureau official Jack Fisher and I announced a historic agreement on animal welfare in the state.

An Ode to Farming Isn't Enough: We Need a Reality Check

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Elizabeth McVay Greene

Could it be that the urban farm down the street from me and the spinach fields in the salad bowl of the US could be migrating toward a shared vision for the future of agriculture?

Grow a Conscience: How to Garden Green

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Whether your farm fits in a window box or spans several acres, ensure a truly green thumb with these Earth-friendly gardening gizmos.

Giving Farm Workers a Voice in Zimbabwe

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

Land reform policies have left many farm workers (about 1.5 million) without a source of income as farms are divided up.

Water: The Lifeblood in the Body of a Biodynamic Winery

Mike Benziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Benziger

When we started farming Benziger's vineyard in 1980, we did it with machines and pesticides. But when we later switched to Biodynamic, the results were miraculous: the birds and the bees returned. We let nature back in.

ReThink Review: DIRT! The Movie -- Love the Earth, Literally

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Earth Day has come and gone, and while many of us took time to think about our planet, we were probably focused on the things that happen on its surfa...

Spreading Fresh Thoughts About Food and Farming in New York

Fred Kirschenmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Fred Kirschenmann

Every day, the incredible staff at Stone Barns helps people rediscover an enjoyment of community-based food production, from farm to classroom to table.