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Is Tyson Foods’ Chicken Empire a ‘Meat Racket’?

Is Tyson Foods’ Chicken Empire a ‘Meat Racket’?

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new book argues that Tyson’s system treats farmers like “modern-day sharecroppers.” Author Christopher Leonard looks at Tyson’s inner workings and the not-so-independent farmers who raise the birds.

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Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil

Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil

| August 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

The world’s soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn’t happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.

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Farming Got Hip In Iran Some 12,000 Years Ago, Ancient Seeds Reveal

Farming Got Hip In Iran Some 12,000 Years Ago, Ancient Seeds Reveal

| July 5, 2013 | 2 Comments

Archaeologists had considered Iran unimportant in the history of farming – until now. Ancient seeds and farming tools uncovered in Iran reveal Stone Age people there were growing lentils, barley and other crops. The findings offer a snapshot of a time when humans first started experimenting with farming.

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Why An Immigration Deal Won’t Solve The Farmworker Shortage

Why An Immigration Deal Won’t Solve The Farmworker Shortage

| April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Many farmers are cheering government proposals to give thousands of seasonal farmworkers a path to legal status. But even if the bill passes, it won’t solve the long-term trend of fewer migrants coming north to work on U.S. farms. Farmers will instead have to learn how to do more with less immigrant labor.

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Ken Burns discusses his new documentary “The Dust Bowl”

Ken Burns discusses his new documentary “The Dust Bowl”

| November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

On November 18 and 19, KQED will broadcast the premiere of “The Dust Bowl,” a new documentary by Ken Burns that explores the most severe, man-made ecological catastrophe in American history.

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Tomatoes: Heirlooms vs. Hybrids

Tomatoes: Heirlooms vs. Hybrids

| September 14, 2011 | 5 Comments

Heirloom tomatoes are getting more and more popular—but what does “heirloom” really mean? And how do these colorful tomatoes differ from their supermarket relatives?

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Grow a Farmer

Grow a Farmer

The Grow a Farmer Campaign needs your help. Put a roof over the heads of some eager farming apprentices, and you’ll be helping to grow the next generation of farmers for California and beyond.

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