Industrial Agriculture

Industrial Agriculture

‘Bitter Seeds’ documentary reveals tragic toll of GMOs in India

A new film offers an intimate look at the lives of farmers who become so mired in debt growing genetically modified seed they take their own lives.

Food

Science says: Cut that steak in half to keep the climate in check

In their continuing efforts to go beyond CO2, some scientists have been looking seriously at the impact of nitrous oxide on the climate, and results point to a very familiar refrain: Eat more plants, less meat.

Organic Food

Crop yields are only part of the organic vs. conventional farming debate

Sustainable practices yield fewer grain crops, but is that all that matters? One food policy expert responds to a recent news analysis that claims industrial and organic agriculture are equally important.

Industrial Agriculture

New child farm labor regulations dead — thanks to Sarah Palin’s expertise?

Last week, everyone's favorite pundit spoke out against updates in farm regulations that might have kept the youngest farmworkers from the most dangerous work. And it looks like it worked.

Food

It’s official: China now eats twice the meat we do

China's meat consumption has changed a lot in the last 20 years -- so much so that corn to feed industrially raised animals is now more prevalent than rice.

Industrial Agriculture

Hungry bacteria help make bugs resistant to pesticides

Use pesticides on a field for long enough and the bugs that you’re supposed to be defeating will adapt. But you know what adapts faster than bugs? Bacteria. They can run through multiple generations in a day or so, and …

Industrial Agriculture

Meet a pesticide even conventional vegetable farmers fear

If a new round of genetically engineered corn is approved, it will be bred to withstand huge quantities of 2,4-D, a pesticide that has the potential to drift and kill vegetables in fields as far as two miles away.

Scary Food

Paper asks: Does high-fructose corn syrup contribute to a rise in autism?

New science suggests that the ubiquitous sweetener may interact with environmental factors -- such as exposure to heavy metals and pesticides -- to impact childhood development.

Sustainable Farming

Joel Salatin responds to New York Times’ ‘Myth of Sustainable Meat’

Is sustainable meat production possible? Polyface Farm's Joel Salatin takes on a recent New York Times op-ed point by point.