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Fern.org: In Democrats’ Green New Deal, a nod to sustainable agriculture

by Leah Douglas Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey on Thursday introduced a Green New Deal, offering a sweeping framework for eliminating U.S. carbon emissions to combat global warming and supporting sustainable farming practices along the way. The nod to agriculture was appreciated by some advocates, since food and farming accounts for an estimated…



Fortune: The Real Cost of Cheap Groceries

by Beth Kowitt and Dan Winters | January 14, 2019 There’s a price war raging in the grocery aisle—but the people who actually grow and gather our food may be the battle’s true losers. Meet the produce pickers of Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, whose penny-per-bunch harvest helps stock your pantry for less. Our food is…



Kansas City Star: Small farms in the Midwest can heal the environment and prosper with ‘Green New Deal’

by ROBERT LEONARD and MATT RUSSELL, Special to The Star | February 01, 2019 It’s been a tough year for farmers here in Iowa and across much of America. After several years of low commodity prices, President Donald Trump’s tariffs and partial government shutdown have rocked the markets. Only the largest of operations are making…



WEBINAR: Fair prices and a bold new deal in Mexico

Fair prices and a bold new deal in Mexico Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 1:00 CST Register now The Mexican government and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador are moving forward with plans to transform its agriculture system to achieve self-sufficiency in basic grains and strengthen rural livelihoods. The first phase of the program includes guaranteed…



Bloomberg: Killing 22 Hogs a Minute, Meatpackers Test Old Limits of Safety

by Andrew Martin | February 1, 2019 Trump’s USDA is looking to speed up the slaughter line. In an Illinois River town where Abe Lincoln once toiled as a country lawyer, the slaughterhouse of the future runs at a speed that generations of Midwestern farmers would have dismissed as fantasy. At other factories, as many…



CBS News: Recalls of hazardous meat and poultry up 83 percent since 2013, report finds

January 17, 2019 Recalls of hazardous meat and poultry have gone up by more than 80 percent in the last six years, according to a new report out Thursday morning. One in six Americans get sick every year from eating contaminated food leading to at least 3,000 deaths per year – 450 from salmonella alone….



BBC: Amazon forced to pull products in India as new rules bite

February 1, 2019 Amazon has been forced to remove an array of products from its website in India to comply with new regulations. The rules prevent online retailers from selling products through vendors in which they hold an equity stake. The regulations are expected to have a far-reaching impact on India’s e-commerce sector, which has…



Omaha World Herald Editorial: Legislation promotes a soil health initiative for Nebraska agriculture

Editorial: Legislation promotes a soil health initiative for Nebraska agriculture · Editorial staff 2.1.19 BRENDAN SULLIVAN/THE WORLD-HERALD Unconventional cultivation methods have taken root in a number of Nebraska farms. These methods, such as no-till farming and use of diverse cover crops, are praised for their promotion of soil health. The benefits of this approach, and…



New Food Economy: Academics across the country say agribusiness has outsize influence on their research

by Kate Cox & H. Claire Brown | January 31, 2019 As public funding for university research has dried up, private industry money has poured in. And with industry money comes industry priorities. In a windowless conference room, epidemiologist Steve Wing was frantically blacking out chunks of his own research. Wing had been working on…



Return to Now: Investigation Reveals Tyson Foods as #1 Culprit in Largest “Dead Zone” on Earth

posted November 1, 2017 Nearly 9000 square-miles of ocean along the Gulf Coast is uninhabitable by marine life. Loaded with agricultural toxins and devoid of oxygen, it’s the largest “dead zone” in US history, and last summer it got even bigger. We’ve known the cause of the ecological “dead zone” for decades — fertilizer run-off…