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Industrial Agriculture

Three Ways Buying Organic Helps the Planet

Intent | Posted 11.14.2012 | Food
Intent

It's easy to get disheartened when confronted with the overwhelming and often depressing statistics we have about climate change, obesity and food shortage today. But think of the power all of us have to make a change.

Lynne Peeples

Centuries-Old Poison Still Used In Poultry Feed, Pesticides

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green

Industrial food production has enlisted many innovative, albeit controversial, tools in recent years -- broad-spectrum pesticides and genetically modi...

Lynne Peeples

Arresting Arsenic: How A Notorious Poison Permeates Our Food And Drink

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.10.2012 | Green

A French maid, a promiscuous husband, and an angry wife -- the first arsenic poisoning patient that Dr. Michael Harbut saw in his Michigan practice wa...

Lynne Peeples

'Silent Spring' Turns 50: Rachel Carson Warned Of 'Pesticide Treadmill' Powered By Big Ag

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.27.2012 | Green

"This is not what Rachel Carson would have wanted for her 50th anniversary present." Mardi Mellon, senior scientist with the non-profit Union of Co...

Organic Agriculture: Fifty (Plus) Shades of Gray

Kristin Wartman | Posted 11.19.2012 | Food
Kristin Wartman

Labels do matter -- and what the Stanford analysis brings to the fore is the need for deeper, more comprehensive studies on the infinite shades of gray when it comes to agricultural practices

Increasing Pollution, Dwindling Options

Donald Carr | Posted 11.19.2012 | Green
Donald Carr

Industrial agriculture, not manufacturing, gas drilling or mining, is the largest contributor to America's water pollution problem.

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...