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Vegetables are seen at a farmers market in Los Angeles, California, United States May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The Wall Street Plowboys

The Wall Street plowboys don’t soil their own soft hands by actually farming, they’ve figured out how to “work” the land without touching it — and how to harvest a sweet profit. While Wall Street is getting rich off the backs of farmers, the workers who grow and harvest the cornucopia of fruit and veggies in the rich fields across America live in a constant crisis of poverty, malnutrition, and homelessness.

February 23, 2017
Welcome to Florida sign

Polluters Win Again In Florida Legislature

Enforcement of clean-water rules is basically being replaced by the honor system. Big Agriculture couldn’t be happier.

January 18, 2016

Agriscience Programs Aren’t Just For Future Farmers

The share of Americans who work in agriculture has shrunk from 41 percent in 1900 to less than 2 percent today, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

December 22, 2015

More California Farmland Could Vanish As Water Shortages Loom Beyond Drought

Land retirement is coming to California agriculture. The drought will end someday, maybe even this winter, but farmers will still face long-term shortages of water.

December 15, 2015

The Agriculture Attitude

As we indulge in our most food-centric holiday, exactly are we celebrating? America certainly has an abundance of food, yet we face a momentous choice: a food future rooted in the ethic of sustainable agriculture or in exploitative agri-industry.

November 25, 2015
Organic vegetables are shown at a Whole Foods Market

Should Prisoners Raise Your Food?

Fellow foodies, here’s a question for your conscience: Do you wonder whose hands helped bring your meal to the grocery? Whole Foods worried that you might.

October 3, 2015

Farmers Resist EPA Rule To Promote Clean Waters

Farm interests are pushing against a recently finalized federal water rule after an analysis by a trade group concluded that the rule “creates even more risk and uncertainty” for those who work the land.

June 16, 2015
Mexico, World, Farms, Workers, Agriculture, Agribusiness, Labor, Wages

Mexico Farm Workers Win Pay Hike In Landmark Deal, But Fall Short Of Goal

Farm workers gain a pay increase in Mexico, but at what cost?

June 5, 2015

Quick & Healthy: Bye Bye Birdies

“Quick & Healthy” offers some highlights from the world of health and wellness that you may have missed this week:

May 20, 2015
Crops, Frutis, Vegetables, Groceries, California, Winter, Global Warming, Mega Drought, Farmers, Agriculture, Harvests

Those Rising Vegetable Prices? Blame California’s Warm Winters

Droughts and unseasonably warm winters are disrupting the prices of many California-grown crops.

May 14, 2015

Bird Flu Found In Iowa; Up To 5.3 million Chickens To Be Destroyed

H5N2 avian influenza, or bird flu, has reared its head at a commercial egg-laying facility in northwest Iowa that houses as many as 5.3 million chickens, according to state officials.

April 21, 2015

Farming Moves North With the Temperatures

This is no endorsement of climate change — let’s make that clear — but rising temperatures are breathing new life into northern agriculture.

April 14, 2015
Infrastructure, Meat, Butcher, Minnesotta, National News, Mark Dayton, Prison Program, Incarceration, Agriculture

Inmates To Butchers: Bill Would Create Meat Processing Program

Farmers who lament the lack of local butchers may have an answer in prison-based meat processing facilities.

April 2, 2015

California Gov. Brown Orders Cities To Cut Water Use By 25 Percent Due To Long Drought

The directive comes as one of the most severe modern droughts drags into a fourth year.

April 2, 2015

Quick & Healthy: Fitter, Happier, More Delicious

We can make chocolate healthier and more delicious, weed killer may also be a human killer, and other news from our Health Memo Roundup.

March 25, 2015

The Best Thanksgiving TV Show Ever Is Not What You Expect

More than 50 years after it first aired, “Harvest of Shame” is just as relevant as ever.

November 26, 2014

‘Guerrilla Farming’ Takes Off

A new generation of farmers is having trouble finding large, affordable plots of land to buy and use for their farms.

November 10, 2014

Castrating Conservative Principles In Iowa

Here’s why you shouldn’t believe Joni Ernst’s claims of fiscal conservatism.

October 14, 2014

In Virtual Mega-Drought, California Avoids Defeat

Researchers used computer modeling to forecast how California would change after seven decades of “unrelenting mega-drought”.

October 6, 2014
Tom Cotton

Upside-Down Tea Party Dogma in Arkansas

What electing Tom Cotton means for Arkansas’ agricultural economy.

October 1, 2014

FDA Plans To Revise Landmark Food Safety Law

Find out what this will mean for the food on your table.

September 19, 2014

Sweeping New California Groundwater Pumping Rules Signed Into Law

California will regulate its groundwater for the first time.

September 17, 2014

Immigration Crisis At Border Afflicts Heartland Harvest

By Ali Watkins, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock on […]

August 18, 2014
Putin Clinton

What Happens To U.S. Exports Already Bound For Russia?

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and its plant health inspection service has halted all certification of almonds and other commodities bound for Russia “effective immediately.” The move Thursday, confirmed by California almond growers, followed Russia’s imposition of a one-year ban on a wide range of agriculture […]

August 8, 2014

Beef’s Environmental Costs Far Outweigh Poultry, Pork

Washington (AFP) – Beef is by far the most costly protein when it comes to the environmental damage wreaked by feeding and raising cattle, according to a study out Monday. Beef requires 28 times more land than the average total needed to produce either dairy, eggs, poultry or pork, said the research in the Proceedings […]

July 21, 2014