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Industrial Agriculture

It's a Long Way From Texas to Toledo

Donald Carr | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Donald Carr

Lead by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the U.S. agriculture lobby has relentlessly pushed back against new Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules for improving U.S. water quality.

Defending Beef: Nicolette Hahn Niman's Call for a Third Way

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Kurt Michael Friese

Contrary to the dogma of many environmental and human health advocates, beef is not inherently bad for either the earth or our personal well-being. Like so many things in our modern world, though, the over-production and over-consumption of it can be.

Defang Agriculture

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

My long experience with pesticides, agriculture, and the environment has convinced me we must defang agriculture. Ban most of its biocides. Keep some pesticides for emergencies. But these chemicals are not necessary to produce food. Organic farming is a proof of that.

U.S. Farmers Expect Record Harvest After Near-Perfect Summer Weather

AP | By DAVID PITT | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A mild summer across much of the nation's heartland has provided optimum growing conditions for the nation's corn and soybea...

We Can Reverse Climate Change By The Way We Grow Food

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

Beyond "stemming" the effects of climate change on agriculture however, the way we produce food has the potential to substantially address and even reverse many of the root causes driving climate change.

A Not-So-Subtle Meditation on Sugar

Kristin Wartman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Home
Kristin Wartman

As people streamed out of the Kara Walker installation "A Subtlety" on a recent Sunday afternoon to buy an ice cream cone from one of the trucks idling outside the old Domino Sugar Factory on the Williamsburg waterfront, I wondered how many thought about the jarring contradiction...

The White Stuff That Comes From Cows

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 08.16.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Exploding demand for milk and dairy products around the world and especially in China has created a dynamic market.

Farmland and Fed Up: Two Documentaries, Two Reactions From Big Food

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

With these movies, we see two reactions by Big Agriculture and Big Food to documentaries sounding the alarm about America's systemic problems with food, from how it's produced, marketed, and regulated to its final impact on eaters suffering from a growing list of ailments. But both responses are ultimately problematic.

There Is a Way to Stop Tragic Livestock Fires

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 05.04.2014 | Green
Martha Rosenberg

This week more than 1,000 hogs were killed by a fire at the farm near the Carroll County community of Cutler in Central Indiana.

Foie Gras Vs. Factory-Farmed Chicken: Which Will Make A Greater Difference?

Jenn Louis | Posted 04.29.2014 | Home
Jenn Louis

Please focus your energy towards something that will make a BIG difference. U.S. factory-farmed chicken is a phenomenally greater issue to be concerned about than the great foie gras debate.

The Difference Between a Farmer and a Global Chemical Corporation

Andrea Brower | Posted 04.13.2014 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

Whether one is skeptical, hopeful, or a mix of both about the science and technology of genetic engineering, we must differentiate between what is good for Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF and Bayer, and what is good for farmers and farmworkers.

Human Footprints to a Harrowing Future

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I have read dozens of books dealing with the natural world and the environmental crisis. But rarely have I come across the mirror of the world I disco...

What's in the 2014 Farm Bill?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The ultimate deal was far from perfect, but it reflects the growing power of the food movement and it just might hint at the beginnings of a new direction for American agriculture.

USDA Greenlights Dow's 2,4-D Seeds

Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home
Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

USDA welcomed in the new year by presenting Dow AgroSciences with a bountiful gift: a virtual green light for the pesticide company's new genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean seeds. These crops are designed specifically to be used with Dow's infamous herbicide, 2,4-D.

Big Ag's Gifts for 2013

Andrew Gunther | Posted 02.26.2014 | Home
Andrew Gunther

Gifts that we didn't really want, need or -- in some cases -- didn't even know about. Here's my top 10 for 2013. It's just a shame they didn't include a gift receipt...

To Feed and Protect the World, Rein In Corporate Ag

Andrea Brower | Posted 02.01.2014 | Hawaii
Andrea Brower

Food production and distribution are not inherently destructive. Agriculture can also be a major source of carbon sequestration and a builder of biodiversity and ecological resilience. But moving in the direction of a sustainable and equitable food system requires reining in the power of transnational corporate agribusiness.

Monoculture Soy and the Future of the Paraguayan Campesino

Mario Machado | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Mario Machado

Paraguay, like many developing countries across the world, has a national wealth and cultural identity that is tied directly to the production from its land. But it is this very land-wealth that continues to be effected by strong forces beyond its borders, most notably globalization and neoliberal orthodoxy.

Thanksgiving: Feasting, Fasting and Climate Change

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Eric Holt Gimenez

Food--and how it is grown -- has a lot to do with climate change. Industrial agriculture produces around a quarter to a third of the world's food. It emits around a quarter of the world's greenhouse gasses.

Are Oreos Addictive?

Leo Brown | Posted 10.20.2013 | Taste
Leo Brown

As a nation, our eating habits are out of control. Instead of fixating on the latest study, we need to reject the status quo, vote with our grocery dollars, and call for the government to reallocate public funds to stem the spread of cheap junk.

Thinking Beyond the Clown

Anna Lappé | Posted 11.13.2013 | Parents
Anna Lappé

Of course, it's the parents' responsibility to make sure their children are healthy. But it's also our nation's responsibility to make sure the environment we parent in doesn't make it difficult, and in some cases impossible, to do so.

3 Major Food System Problems--in Cartoons

Maria Rodale | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Excerpts from the new book Eat Drink Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics by Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Paulette Goddard Professor in the depar...

Agricultural Abuse of Antibiotics: Looming Crisis Warrants Big Changes

Steve Heilig | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Steve Heilig

The battle to reduce agricultural use of antibiotics continues. The stakes are high -- and may be even higher than before.

WATCH: Forget Everything You Know About Veggies

Posted 06.06.2013 | Healthy Living

Those of us who follow nutrition news have heard it all. We try to eat food, not too much, mostly plants. We were scared of, then rehabilitated toward...

Got Science? ALEC Threatens Food Safety With 'Ag Gag' Laws

Seth Shulman | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Seth Shulman

Ironically, "ag-gag" laws are being pushed at a time of heightened public concerns about healthy eating and the safety of the food supply. Nonetheless, ALEC's strategy, while receiving relatively little press, has proved alarmingly successful so far.

Mothers of Pure Food, Rebirthing a Movement

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

This Mother's Day, let us remember mothers and women who understood the patriotic nature of standing up for wholesome food, of standing up for the health of young children who would become our future.