Rice University News: Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one

by Mike Williams | July 26, 2017 Rice study suggests health, economic benefits of capturing agricultural nitric oxide Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers. Rice researchers in Earth science, economics and environmental engineering have determined that


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Wisconsin Agriculturist: The exodus from Wisconsin dairy farms begins

by Ken Kickbusch | Aug 22, 2017 Commentary: Farmers and migrant workers have developed mutual relationships based on “don’t ask, don’t tell” in response to our government’s failure to address immigration reform. Growth in the size of Wisconsin dairy farm herds has created a desperate shortage of labor willing to endure long hours, hard work



VegNews: World’s Largest Meat Company Profits Drop 80 Percent

by Anna Starostinetskaya | August 21, 2017 Troubled Brazilian meat giant JBS reports massive dip in earnings after global meat scandal. Last week, Brazilian meat company JBS reported a 79.8-percent decrease in net profits in the company’s second quarter compared to the same time period in 2016. The troubled meat processing company—the largest in the


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WSJ: ‘Serious Doubts’ Over Bayer and Monsanto’s $57 Billion Megadeal, Says EU

‘Serious Doubts’ Over Bayer and Monsanto’s $57 Billion Megadeal, Says EU In-depth investigation could derail companies’ plans to close deal by year-end By Natalia Drozdiak Updated Aug. 22, 2017 11:08 a.m. ET 6 COMMENTS BRUSSELS— Bayer AG’s BAYRY 1.89% $57 billion deal for Monsanto Co. MON +0.30% will undergo an in-depth investigation by the European



ReaderSupportedNews.org: New Drone Footage Exposes the Horrors of Factory Farming

By Mark Devries, Mercy for Animals | 17 August 17 The animal agriculture industry spends millions on deceptive advertising to persuade consumers that farmed animals roam freely on bucolic pastures. But I’ve been piloting drones over animal agriculture facilities for several years, and the video I’ve captured tells a far different story. Nearly all animals



The Better India: 30,000 Farmers Are Ditching Middlemen & Selling Their Produce Online. Thanks to These 2 Brothers

by Manabi Katoch Pawiter and Harjap came up with a one-stop solution for farmers and called it Farmer Friend. “If you had a great meal today, thank a farmer” What if you could actually meet and thank the farmer who grows your food? It’s possible, thanks to two enterprising brothers. Subedar Major Balkar Singh Sandhu



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Friends, In the past few weeks, your donations have provided OCM with the resources necessary to take on Big Ag and win. We held a successful conference with over 70 organizations represented and hard-hitting collaborative actions planned for the coming year; released our 2017 policy brief that has already forced the conversation on both sides



The Nation: Democrats Can Win Rural Voters by Taking on Big Agriculture

By David Dayen Identifying the corporate power that holds back farm communities could revive Democratic fortunes. There’s a misconception that Democrats have to abandon their principles to win in rural America, Joe Maxwell believes. He’s a fourth-generation hog farmer and the former lieutenant governor of Missouri, and he thinks the key to success in farm



Patriotism 1899

Patriotism, like many other virtues, is easily counterfeited. Gruff old Dr. Johnson called it “the last refuge of a scoundrel.” It has one thing in common with charity, “it covers a multitude of sins.” It often expends itself in mere bawling. Our holiday oratory brings out no end of inspired and inspiring utterances; but allowance



Bloomberg: That Chicken From Whole Foods Isn’t So Special Anymore

By Deena Shanker and Polly Mosendz | August 14, 2017, 3:00 AM MDT Big poultry and meat producers have absorbed many of the organic grocer’s practices—and become its suppliers. Whole Foods Market Inc. doesn’t just sell chickens. It sells shoppers on the idea of chickens raised and treated better than prevailing standards: no antibiotics, no