Last week, the USDA fully deregulated herbicide resistant sugar beets. And while the shift isn't a surprise to most advocates, it does hint at larger problems within the system.
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.
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?
The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico could be unusually small this year -- not because of better agricultural practices, but because of drought.
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.
Global food production may have inched toward becoming more sustainable at last week's Earth Summit. Or not. We probably won't know either way until the next Summit.
A more likely (if unproven) culprit: the drought in Texas.
Congress goes into vote-o-rama mode to move this year's monster of a food and farm bill forward.
New research found that weeds exposed to high levels of CO2 actually transfer their genes to nearby crops and make them behave like weeds.
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