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On Water, Drought and Death

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

If bread is the staff of life, water is the ground we walk on. None of us can survive without water. Without water, the grain needed to make bread or any other food item would never even get harvested.

Plants Do It Too: The Importance of Plant Breeding

Cary Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cary Fowler

When people shop at the local market and bring home different varieties of apples and peaches and tomatoes, they don't spend too much time thinking about the sex that lay behind those fruits or the development of the different varieties.

Shirley Sherrod Defended By Diverse Coalition Calling For USDA To Give Her Job Back

Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***Scroll down for videos, including a complete version of Shirley Sherrod's speech that started the controversy.*** Shirley Sherrod has accomplished...

Tobacco Giant Philip Morris Is Hooked on Child Labor (Video)

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Everyone knows smoking is a costly habit, taking a toll on your health and your wallet. What you probably didn't know is that the tobacco industry extracts a much dearer price from children laboring in the remote fields of Central Asia.

Open Data in Agriculture and Why It Matters

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Elizabeth McVay Greene

Let this essay serve as a call for a networked food system that harnesses and applies robust information through data generation, database architecture, open research and collaboration, in pursuit of more efficient and more productive food and farming.

Hold the Mayo, Extra Pesticides

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Donald Carr

If Big Agriculture wants to promote healthier diets, it should stop attacking critics and focus on growing vegetables and fruits that are chemical-free -- and also tasty.

"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 | Home
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 | Home
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.

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...

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.

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.