Industrial Agriculture

Animals

Study: GMO crops are killing butterflies

We’re all familiar with Big Ag’s bad reputation of picking on small-scale and organic farmers. Now Monsanto and its cronies are beating up an even more innocuous set of victims: beautiful, defenseless monarch butterflies.

Industrial Agriculture

Tapped out: Water in California’s farm country is dangerously polluted

A new report details California's nitrate pollution problem -- and the expensive, potentially deadly impact it will have on the people who live in our nation's most productive farming region.

Factory Farms

‘Ag-gag’ rules choke off supply of livestock snuff films

Rather than deal with the inhumane, superbug-spawning conditions in factory farms, the Iowa state legislature would prefer to stifle one of activists' primary weapons of dissent.

Food

Beetlemania: Invasive insect could become our billion-dollar problem

If the Khapra beetle spreads from our ports to our crops, it will eat all our food. Visit the front lines in Oakland, Calif., where customs agents struggle to keep the buggers at bay.

Sustainable Food

Dr. Vandana Shiva: Occupy our food supply!

From seeds, to corporate farms, to giant mega-retailers -- one of the world's preeminent speakers on biodiversity pontificates on the corporatization of our food supply.

Locavore

Photo project takes commuters to a California they’ve forgotten

With her new documentary project, author and photographer Lisa Hamilton hopes to reacquaint urban train riders with rural life.

Farm Bill

Corn, corn everywhere — and not a drop to eat

Record-high crop prices have all the big farms in the Midwest planting up a storm while farm state politicians plan to trim conservation programs. Put them together and what do you get? A Big Ag bubble.

Industrial Agriculture

Monterey County says no to methyl iodide

In a surprise move, a county in California known for industrial agriculture has banned the fumigant methyl iodide. Anti-pesticide activists are optimistic about what it'll mean for the statewide effort.

Industrial Agriculture

French judge: Monsanto poisoned farmer

In 2004, Paul François, a French farmer, breathed in the vapor of Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller while cleaning out the tank of a crop sprayer. He lost consciousness and later suffered from memory loss and headaches. Monday, a French court found that Monsanto could be held liable for poisoning François.

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