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FDA Found Drugs Used In Food Animals To Be ‘High Risk’

FDA Found Drugs Used In Food Animals To Be ‘High Risk’

| January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Documents show that Food and Drug Administration scientists allowed 18 drugs to be sold to farmers despite a risk to human health. Critics say the agency now needs to get companies to commit to phasing out the drugs given to animals at low doses to make them grow faster.

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Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don’t Tell The Whole Story

Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don’t Tell The Whole Story

| January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Numbers don’t lie, but they can sometimes tell a misleading story. Three times in the last week, we came across farm statistics that painted a picture not quite backed up by facts on the ground.

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Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?

Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Farmers can now deliver data from their fields, minute by minute, to big agribusiness companies like Monsanto or John Deere. Those companies promise to use the data to help farmers make money. But some farmers worry that it could threaten their privacy and give the big companies too much power.

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Whole Foods Bans Produce Grown With Sludge. But Who Wins?

Whole Foods Bans Produce Grown With Sludge. But Who Wins?

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Whole Foods recently decided it would not buy produce from farmers who used treated sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, on their fields. But scientists say this is a mistake — the material is safe and benefits the environment in lots of different ways.

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Big Chill for California Citrus Growers

Big Chill for California Citrus Growers

| January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though seemingly mild compared to the sub-zero temperatures experienced in other parts of the country, a recent hard freeze has taken its toll on the California citrus industry, which supplies 85% of the country’s fresh citrus.

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California’s Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

California’s Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

| January 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state’s North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast’s salmon species.

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This GMO Apple Won’t Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit’s Image?

This GMO Apple Won’t Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit’s Image?

| January 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

A small Canadian company has created a genetically engineered apple that doesn’t go brown when you slice it. It’s waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But some apple producers are worried that this new product will taint the apple’s wholesome, all-natural image.

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Smithfield Prods Its Pork Suppliers To Dump Pig Crates

Smithfield Prods Its Pork Suppliers To Dump Pig Crates

| January 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

The world’s largest hog and pork buyer wants its contract farmers to move pregnant sows out of constrictive crates and into group houses, generally considered more humane, by 2022. The move is significant because independent farmers supply about 40 percent of the company’s sows.

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Here’s How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative

Here’s How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative

| January 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Across the country, there’s a wave of interest in local food, and a new generation of young farmers wants to grow it. But many aren’t buying land. Instead, they’re renting it.

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2013 Was The Year Bills To Criminalize Animal Cruelty Videos Failed

2013 Was The Year Bills To Criminalize Animal Cruelty Videos Failed

| December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

This year, 15 bills in 11 states attempted to make undercover videos on farms illegal. Not a single one passed. Activists say a broad-based coalition that tapped the grass-roots concern for animal welfare helped defeat the measures.

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A City Turns To Lettuce Fields To Grow High-Tech Startups

A City Turns To Lettuce Fields To Grow High-Tech Startups

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Salinas, Calif., is just an hour from Silicon Valley, but production at many local lettuce farms is decidedly low-tech. City officials here decided it’s time for an upgrade — and have hired a venture capital firm to help Salinas transition into a high-tech agricultural hub.

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This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California’s Hungry

This Stanford Ph.D. Became A Fruit Picker To Feed California’s Hungry

| December 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

Sarah Ramirez left a high-prestige career to bring California’s bounty of unsellable fruit to food banks in the state’s Central Valley. Her grassroots organization is trying to address a regional conundrum: While many area farms end up with imperfect fruit that can’t be sold to supermarkets, local farmworkers struggle to afford fresh produce.

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Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker’s Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

Amid Fields Of Plenty, A Farmworker’s Wife Struggles To Feed Her Family

| December 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

Many can’t afford to buy the fresh produce that grows all around them, and some areas that grow enormous amounts of produce are among the highest in the nation when it comes to food insecurity.

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Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It’s Not So Simple

Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It’s Not So Simple

| December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

When it comes to making livestock agriculture more sustainable, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. That’s the conclusion of a study of livestock around the world.

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