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Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

| May 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s a long list of pesky exceptions to the rules organic farmers have to follow for using pesticides and fertilizers. This week, a battle erupted over those exceptions.

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Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

| April 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

The giant retailer says it’s adding a new line of organic food that’s at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can’t be achieved overnight.

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Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

| April 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Aquaculture in the U.S. has lagged because of opposition from environmentalists and people living on the coast. But entrepreneurs say they’ve found a way to produce fish on land with little pollution.

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Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.

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Food Giants Want ‘Sustainable’ Beef. But What Does That Mean?

Food Giants Want ‘Sustainable’ Beef. But What Does That Mean?

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

McDonald’s says it will start to buy beef that’s “verified sustainable” in 2016. But defining sustainable beef production is tricky because the environmental issues involved are so complex.

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How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

| February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many American food companies, responding to consumer demands, are looking for grain that’s not genetically modified. It turns out that non-GMO corn and soybeans aren’t hard to find. Years ago, grain traders set up a supply chain to deliver non-GMO grain from U.S. farmers to customers in Japan.

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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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A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs

A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs

| January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you’re confused by the fight over genetically modified food — and even more if your mind is already made up — you might want to turn to an investigation of the topic carried out by the environmental website Grist. Instead of preaching to the deep-green choir, Grist’s in-depth series questioned its faith.

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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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How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

| January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Phosphorus is one of the nutrients that plants need to grow, and for most of human history, farmers always needed more of it. But excess phosphorus, either from manure or manufactured fertilizer, can run off into streams and lakes and become an ecological disaster.

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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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