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…



The American Conservative: ‘Monster’ Turns Our Farmers into Serfs and Sharecroppers

by Gracy Olmstead | September 10, 2018 The Grapes of Wrath and its vision of enslavement to big agribusiness isn’t just our past—it is our present too. “It’s like watching a state circle the drain.” That’s what journalist Corie Brown said about Kansas on a recent Strong Towns podcast. This April, Brown wrote a piece…



The American Conservative: The Conservative Case for Antitrust

by Jonathan Tepper | January 28, 2019 This is American tradition: supporting capitalism with free and competitive markets over monopolies and concentrated wealth. On the campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump did not sound too far from Bernie Sanders. Trump appealed to working class voters telling them, “It’s not just the political system that’s rigged,…



Ag Journal: Grassroots networks rally around soil health

Grassroots networks rally around soil health By Candace Krebs / For the Ag Journal Posted Jan 10, 2019 at 4:14 PM Farmers eager to adopt environmentally restorative farming practices are finding support among grassroots soil health advocates who started out as ordinary consumers but became increasingly concerned about how food is produced and whether it…



Inside Climate News: Industrial Agriculture, an Extraction Industry Like Fossil Fuels, a Growing Driver of Climate Change

by Georgina Gustin | January 25, 2019 Industrial farming encourages practices that degrade the soil and increase emissions, while leaving farmers more vulnerable to damage as the planet warms. On his farm in southwestern Iowa, Seth Watkins plants several different crops and raises cattle. He controls erosion and water pollution by leaving some land permanently…



R-CALF – Beef Demand Up But Cattle Prices Down

Media Contact: Bill Bullard, R-CALF USA CEO r-calfusa@r-calfusa.com, (406) 252-2516 View and share this news release on Facebook here . Beef Demand Up But Cattle Prices Down Op-ed by Bill Bullard, CEO, R-CALF USA A recent news release posted on a website bearing the Beef Checkoff Logo and titled, "Beef Demand . . . It’s…



Stacy Mitchel on why Amazon is a threat to our democracy

Episode Info What does Amazon want from us? For consumers, Amazon can be a frictionless gateway to find everything from bed frames to dog food, baby clothes to award winning original tv series. There’s nothing quite like it – a position they’re in not by accident but by design. Amazon became the behemoth we know…