Taking Farmers For A Ride

By Ben Lilliston, Commondreams.org -

Over the last year, President Trump has taken farmers on a roller coaster ride that’s finally gone off the rails. Escalating trade fights have kicked farmers, already mired in a five-year slump, [...]

French Court Finds Monsanto Guilty Of Chemical Poisoning

By Eat Local Grown. -

In appeals court in Lyon, France has upheld a 2012 ruling against Monsanto, in which the agribusiness giant was found guilty of the chemical poisoning a farmer named Paul François. The grain [...]

Farmers In Midwest Face Decades Of Recovery As Flooding Strips Away Crucial Soil

By Brian Kahn, Earther -

The Midwest floods continue to be a slow-moving disaster. Towns, farms, and infrastructure are still underwater in Nebraska, and water will take months to work through the vast network of rivers, [...]

Citizen Currencies Strengthen Agricultural Supply Chains

By Françoise Wautiez, Ripess.eu -

This is the third issue of the series we started in October, on the theme of “local currencies”, after a general presentation of the advantages and challenges of local currencies through the [...]

Data Consolidation Threatens Sustainable Agriculture Says International Panel

By Claire Kelloway, Foodandpower.net -

If you care about reducing pesticide use, promoting agricultural biodiversity, and supporting small farmers, then you should also care about who’s amassing agricultural data. That’s the message [...]

The Vast Impact Of Legalizing Hemp

By Staff, World5.org -

The Empire doesn't understand yet what has happened. Legalizing hemp farming and hemp industries will have a profound impact on our local communities, our soil, our ecosystems and our culture at [...]

Bees Face Another Lethal Threat In Dicamba

By Liza Gross, Reveal News. -

While soybean farmers watched the drift-prone weed killer dicamba ravage millions of acres of crops over the last two years, Arkansas beekeeper Richard Coy noticed a parallel disaster unfolding [...]

Industrial Agriculture, An Extraction Industry Like Fossil Fuels, A Growing Driver Of Climate Change

By Georgina Gustin, Insideclimatenews.org -

On his farm in southwestern Iowa, Seth Watkins plants several different crops and raises cattle. He controls erosion and water pollution by leaving some land permanently covered in native grass. [...]

35,000 Hit Streets Of Berlin To Demand Agricultural Revolution

By Andrea Germanos, Commondreams.org -

"This protest shows that the desire for a different agricultural policy is now undeniable." Organizers said 35,000 people marched through the streets of the German capital on Saturday to say [...]

Global Commission Calls For A Food Revolution To Solve World’s Climate & Nutrition Problems

By Georgina Gustin, Insideclimatenews.org -

An ambitious report on the global food system from a commission convened by the prestigious medical journal The Lancet calls for a radical change in food production—or, as one of the authors put [...]

Freeing The Seed

By Michael S. Carolan, Earthisland.org -

There were no Stokes Seeds catalogues for early US immigrants. Settlers used what they brought with them from the Old Country or what they acquired through trade with others. But this was a new [...]

Southern Illinois To Revive Economy With Industrial Hemp

By Southern Illinois Growers Network, Popular Resistance. -

Last May Illinois passed legislation to remove restrictions on industrial hemp, and in August Governor Rauner signed the bill into law.  We are grateful to our elected officials who worked to [...]

Why Sustainable Agriculture Should Support A Green New Deal

By Elizabeth Henderson, Thepryingmantis.wordpress.com -

“For Sale” signs have replaced “Dairy of Distinction” on the last two dairy farms on the road I drive to town. The farm crisis of the 1980’s that never really went away has resurfaced with a [...]

Small Farmers In Mexico Keep Corn’s Genetic Diversity Alive

By Emiliano Rodríguez Mega, Scientificamerican.com -

Like his parents and grandparents before them, Edilberto “Beto” García Cuenca started farming the land when he was just a kid. The descendant of a long lineage of “campesinos”—a Spanish term for [...]

Why It’s Time To End Factory Farming

By Jacy Reese, Quillette.com. -

Fortunately, many people in 2018 see the writing on the wall. In fact, around 47 percent of US adults support a ban on slaughterhouses. Everyone wants to stand on the right side of history. Take [...]