Industrial Agriculture

Line ’em up, knock ’em down: Senate plans 73 farm bill votes today

Congress goes into vote-o-rama mode to move this year's monster of a food and farm bill forward.

Climate change could cause ‘zombie weeds’

New research found that weeds exposed to high levels of CO2 actually transfer their genes to nearby crops and make them behave like weeds.

Halliburton gets tripped up by Indian bean farmers*

Spiking demand for a bean used in the fracking process has been a huge boon for farmers in rural India -- but it's caused Halliburton's profits to tumble. (Don't worry. They'll survive.)

Feds to farmers: Grow GMO beets or face sugar shortage

The good news: The USDA finally released an environmental impact review of genetically engineered sugar beets. The bad: Monsanto has already crowded out other seed makers.

Farm Bill 2012

Celebrity chefs and food movement leaders tell Congress: ‘This farm bill stinks’

With the bill on the Senate floor, Mario Batali, Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, and nearly 70 other food luminaries have signed a historic letter to Congress.

What humans hath wrought: What happens when we mess with Mother Nature?

A hole-in-the wall museum in Pittsburgh, run by an oddball art professor, offers a sober -- and sobering -- glimpse of what we’ve done to life as we know it. Good? Bad? You make the call.

File under bad idea: G8 asks Big Ag to take the lead in feeding the world

A new study finds that large-scale irrigation is causing more sea-level rise than climate change. And yet the most powerful nations in the world just gave industrial agriculture a big thumbs up.

Land grabbing hurts the world’s poor more than climate change, Fred Pearce argues

In his new book "The Land Grabbers," Fred Pearce investigates the Gulf sheiks, Chinese state corporations, Wall Street speculators, and Russian oligarchs who are buying up tracts all around the world.

Blame it all on my roots: Local food sees a resurgence in the South

A growing cadre of farmers, chefs, activists, and consumers is moving Alabama back to its rich and sustainable agricultural heritage.