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Farm Bill Draft Spells Out Business As Usual — Or Worse

Few legislative texts are as essential as the Farm Bill. Reshaped every five years, this piece of legislation plays a major role in defining the American food system. It frames the priorities of the US agricultural policy (say, increase commodity … Continue reading

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The Biggest Cost Of Pesticides: Honeybee Colony Collapse

After years of head-scratching, scientists from various horizons are coming to the same conclusion: pesticides are major culprits. Grist gives an excellent overview of various studies recently published. Time’s Ecocentric Blog and Wired focus on a controversial Harvard study that claims to ID the bee … Continue reading

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FDA’s Lip Service On Antibiotics

It sounds so good: “Farmers and ranchers will for the first time be required to get a prescription from a veterinarian before using antibiotics in cattle, pigs, chickens and other animals, federal food regulators announced on Wednesday,” according to the New York … Continue reading

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Awareness Index Up: Climate Change, Farm Workers Exploitation

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have determined that the accelerated increase in atmospheric nitrous oxide in the last few decades has been caused by synthetic nitrogen fertilizer use. In other words, The Science has spoken again, and established beyond … Continue reading

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White House Proposes Slashing US Farm Subsidies

The perfect storm that may obliterate controversial farm subsidies is brewing. The federal budget crisis, together with the historically high agricultural income recorded in 2011, have led the Obama Administration to consider the obvious: big commodity growers don’t need the help of … Continue reading

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US aims to create 100,000 new farmers

Government-backed loans to new farmers have more than doubled in the past decade in the United States. The goal is to reverse a worrisome trend: U.S. Census data showed that the average age of U.S. farmers rose from 52 in … Continue reading

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