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So who would be about the worst person the Obama administration could be talking to about heading the U.S. Department of Agriculture? Besides the CEO of Monsanto? How about PA Secretary of ...
by shirah
Comment Count 403 comments on Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 07:17 AM PST with 505 Recommends
A significant spike in grain and commodities prices is driving up the cost of food worldwide and marking the beginning of the collapse of the world economy. As a result, violent riots have broken ...
by ApacheTrout
Comment Count 710 comments on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 06:35 AM PDT with 481 Recommends
The mystery of the disappearing honey bees may have been solved, or at least a reliable clue has been found. In North America Fifty to ninety percent European honey bee colonies have vanished, ...
by FishOutofWater
Comment Count 213 comments on Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 12:27 PM PDT with 413 Recommends
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, ...
by TomP
Comment Count 217 comments on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 06:16 AM PST with 266 Recommends
It's early spring planting time up at Dody's in the Northwest corner of Connecticut and we've been putting in lettuces, radishes, peas, carrots and on and on, and piling some lovely aged manure from ...
by lao hong han
Comment Count 94 comments on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 11:00 PM PDT with 229 Recommends
While most of us were enjoying our Thanksgiving dinners of factory-farmed turkeys and GMO Korn, the Department of Justice quietly dropped its antitrust investigation of Monsanto without so much as ...
by Methinks They Lie
Comment Count 145 comments on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 01:06 PM PST with 215 Recommends
A hat tip to Sam Knight over at Washington Monthly for picking up on a story in The Guardian by John Vidal . Sumant Kumar was overjoyed when he harvested his rice last year. There had been good ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 87 comments on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM PST with 188 Recommends
A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that in the United States, 70 percent of antibiotics are used to feed healthy livestock, with 14 percent more used to treat sick ...
by teacherken
Comment Count 281 comments on Sun Mar 07, 2010 at 04:33 AM PST with 181 Recommends
crossposted from unbossed When Wal-Mart decided to go rBST-free last week , Monsanto ...
by shirah
Comment Count 153 comments on Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 04:06 AM PDT with 151 Recommends
In 1948 George Kennan, who at the time was a senior US State Department planning official, wrote: We have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population. This disparity ...
by truong son traveler
Comment Count 140 comments on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 05:00 AM PDT with 138 Recommends
Sick cattle destined for consumption in the school lunch program and fast food restaurants were forklifted in the slaughterhouse. ...
by FishOutofWater
Comment Count 100 comments on Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 01:56 PM PST with 102 Recommends
Nothing attracts tourists, increases property values, and improves quality of life like water choked with algae and clouds of aquatic midges hovering nearby. Fortunately, governor Rick Scott and his ...
by DWG
Comment Count 69 comments on Thu May 05, 2011 at 07:30 PM PDT with 94 Recommends
Every time I'm about to finish my story on drought resistant wheat, I come across more horror stories, some of which you may have already heard. In any case this is worth repeating a thousand times: ...
by Asinus Asinum Fricat
Comment Count 28 comments on Thu Mar 27, 2008 at 07:41 AM PDT with 81 Recommends
Even in 2015, the public doesn't trust scientists , according to Mark Lynas of the Cornell Alliance for Science. His article appeared in the Washington Post a couple weeks back, and the author isn't ...
by Steve Masover
Comment Count 439 comments on Tue Feb 17, 2015 at 08:25 AM PST with 80 Recommends
Americans, Europeans and pretty much the rest of the world who dug deeper into their pockets for groceries last year will face sticker shock again this year when shopping for food. "...
by Asinus Asinum Fricat
Comment Count 217 comments on Fri Feb 22, 2008 at 03:51 PM PST with 73 Recommends
The American model of agriculture comes with a heavy price. I'm not going to go into a big diatribe here about the giant agribusiness corporations and their lobbyists that control so much of ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 46 comments on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 07:51 AM PDT with 72 Recommends
Here's a very cool map of the United States that almost represents a sort of alternate history, from John Lavey of the Sonoran Institute, a conservationist group:
by David Nir
Comment Count 67 comments on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 09:59 AM PST with 65 Recommends
Roughly 10 billion gallons ethanol were used in 2009, costing taxpayers about $5 billion in tax revenue the ethanol producers collected as tax credits. Here's the kicker. http://www.cbo.gov/...
by shpilk
Comment Count 71 comments on Sun Jul 18, 2010 at 11:51 AM PDT with 62 Recommends
My life has changed. I'm now living on a farm in East Tennessee while my daughter and her husband adjust to having a new baby in the home. To start with, this has been quite the year for me! Four ...
by people power granny
Comment Count 24 comments on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 01:05 PM PDT with 60 Recommends
crossposted from unbossed Suddenly, it's all over the place - Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio - at almost the same time and using similar ...
by shirah
Comment Count 38 comments on Sun Jan 13, 2008 at 08:09 AM PST with 53 Recommends