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Drought leads to ethanol backlash, finicky farm animals, and higher food prices for you

Some meat-producing states are fighting the feds' requirements for corn ethanol in gasoline, trying to bring down corn prices.

Half of Americans drink at least one glass of soda every day

Gallup has discovered a great divide in American society: There are those of us who drink soda and those of us who do not, and the country’s split almost exactly down the middle. Soda drinkers make up 48 percent of …

Farm Bill 2012

The lesser of two evils: Why food advocates are pushing for a farm bill they don’t love

Sustainable food advocates don't like the farm bills drafted by the House or the Senate, but they're pushing Congress to pass a final bill before the current one runs out Sept. 30 anyway.

A dry run from hell: Drought hits the smallest farms the hardest

This drought will give small Midwestern farmers lots of practice coping with climate change -- if it doesn’t bankrupt them first.

Sudden desert: Midwest drought is bad news for farmers and eaters

The "most productive corn crop in years" is drying up and shrinking fast. Is our dependence on monocrops heightening the impact of this year's drought?

Parched Midwest could mean smaller Gulf dead zone

The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico could be unusually small this year -- not because of better agricultural practices, but because of drought.

‘Monsanto Protection Act’ would keep GMO crops in the ground during legal battles

One sneaky provision on this year's agriculture appropriations docket would practically give biotech companies immunity from USDA regulation. Needless to say, activists are up in arms.

Tiny corn could be the next big thing

New science suggests that smaller crops might produce the same amount of food with much fewer resources.