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Industrial Agriculture

Local Food Production for the Future

Chris Covelli | Posted 11.07.2012 | Food
Chris Covelli

As I look around my Midwestern countryside at the hundreds of thousands of acres of corn being cut early for silage instead of grain as was intended, it only further irritates my sensibility regarding how we use our land -- as a culture and a society.

Farm To Fork Across America: Linus Pauling Institute -- It's All About Science

Julie Ann Fineman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Food
Julie Ann Fineman

Our discussions raised critical questions: How do conventional and organic farming and manufacturing processes impact food quality? What toxins are present in raw and processed products? How does milling and cooking alter nutrient composition?

Policymakers Are AWOL on Agricultural Challenges

Mark Muller | Posted 10.20.2012 | Green
Mark Muller

Taxpayer-funded Band-Aids are getting expensive and do nothing to address the structural challenges in food and agriculture.

Drought-Stricken Farmers Pay the Price for Failed Climate Bill

Donald Carr | Posted 10.02.2012 | Green
Donald Carr

In the face of crippling drought across the Corn Belt, Congress is considering funding a disaster aid package with cuts to climate friendly conservation programs.

Where Have All the Farms Gone?

Karen Steuer | Posted 05.27.2012 | Green
Karen Steuer

Long gone are the iconic scenes of American landscapes dotted with family farms and red barns. Most of these have been replaced by industrialized facilities controlled by large corporations that rely on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The Prince's Speech Is Now a Book

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.06.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

The Prince's call to action: to put Nature back at the heart of the equation. "Capitalism depends upon capital," he said, "but our capital ultimately depends upon the health of Nature's capital."

Going Undercover in the Belly of Our Beastly Food Chain

Kerry Trueman | Posted 04.30.2012 | Food
Kerry Trueman

From the fields of California's Central Valley to the produce aisle of a Michigan Walmart, and lastly, the kitchen of a Brooklyn Applebee's, Tracie McMillan gives a firsthand account of the long hours, lousy wages and difficult conditions that are par for the course in these places.

Dow and Monsanto's Plan to Increase the Toxic Pesticides Sprayed in America's Heartland

Richard Schiffman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Green
Richard Schiffman

These two biotech giants have developed a weed management program that, if successful, would go a long way toward a predicted doubling of harmful herbicide use in America's corn belt during the next decade.

Towards a More Energy Efficient Food System

Kyle Rabin | Posted 04.03.2012 | Green
Kyle Rabin

It's important to understand the many interconnections between the food and energy sectors in order to make good consumer choices and develop prudent public policy.

Despite New Rule on Livestock Antibiotics, Infection Risks Still Plague Workers, Communities

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.12.2012 | Green
Michelle Chen

Massive amounts of medicine continue to circulate through our food system. The issue of antibiotic resistance isn't about medicines or animals, but about the relationship between people and what we eat.

Support the Traditional Definition of Vegetables!

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Forget the "dangers" of same-sex marriage. There is a much greater threat to traditional American values: the creeping danger posed by re-defining pizza and french fries as "vegetables" in our school lunch program.

Can We Change Where Our Food Comes From?

The New York Times | Posted 01.03.2012 | Green

I’m not a jingoist, but I’d prefer that more of my food came from America. It’d be even better, really, if most of it came from within a few hun...

It's Time to End Factory Farming

Nil Zacharias | Posted 12.19.2011 | Green
Nil Zacharias

There is common ground to be found by everyone ranging from vegans to die-hard meat eaters. No one can deny the destructive nature of the force that dominates our food system.

New Agriculture Needs Out from Under the Corporate Thumb

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green
Elizabeth McVay Greene

Growing Power is part of the reason New Agriculture finally feels accessible, but their decision to take support from a corporate giant places them squarely within the corporate framework.

If You Eat, You Better Get GIPSA

Dave Murphy | Posted 11.07.2011 | Food
Dave Murphy

The GIPSA rules would create a fair marketplace for farmers to sell their livestock without fear of retaliation from packers and integrators, require packers to maintain written records over price deviations and prevent undue preferences.

Laurie David on Why Sitting Down to a Meal Is Such a Big Deal

Kerry Trueman | Posted 11.01.2011 | Food
Kerry Trueman

"We have to alleviate the pressure on ourselves that dinner has to be this fancy affair, three courses and a homemade apple pie. If you're having peanut butter and jelly on whole grain, that's good enough."

"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.

Agricultural Policy Should Fuel Health, Not Epidemics!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

In 2009, USDA spent more than twice as much buying meat and dairy as it did on fruits and vegetables. What that means is that the USDA used taxpayers' money to buy about $1.5 billion worth of meat and dairy.

Weekly Mulch: Conservatives and Liberals Remain In Denial About Climate Change

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger The negative impacts of climate change are coming on more quickly than anyone expected. According to a new...

Dead Zones, Now in More Frightening Detail!

Peter Hanlon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Hanlon

2011-03-10-hypoxia.jpg A new interactive map of oceanic dead zones charts hundreds of areas across the globe where sewage and fertilizer runoff have created areas virtually uninhabitable for most marine life.

Behind Monsanto's Satisfied Farmer Ad Campaign

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

We have two agricultural systems in this country, both claiming to be good for farmers and both claiming to be sustainable.

Amid Holiday Glitter, Food Shines As A Genuine Article Of Faith

Pythia Peay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Pythia Peay

That food can root us in the past while offering hope for the future seems proof of its power to transform. Most of us have experienced the bliss of biting into a dish so divine it thrills alive the soul as well as the body.

Let's Ask Marion Nestle: How Did Junk Food and Obesity Become a Red State / Blue State Debate?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Kerry Trueman

I cornered NYU Professor of Nutrition Marion Nestle to ask why the issues of junk food and obesity have become so incredibly politicized.

Wealthy Ag Lobbies Cry Poor

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Donald Carr

The idea that agribusiness lobbyists don't have the funds to properly "defend" their continuing cornucopia of taxpayer dollars does not even come close to passing the smell test.

No More Sea Shells by the Seashore -- New Evidence of the Impacts of Rising CO2 Levels

Robin Madel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robin Madel

In a new study, clams and scallops that were grown in pre-industrial conditions displayed significantly faster growth and development and had higher survival rates compared to those grown in today's conditions.