Farming

“Let The Robots and iPhones Tend The Crops,” reads the headline in Popular Science, and for good reason: the tech revolution is finally transforming farming: Since Dorn Cox began automating his 250-acre…





Is there anything left that’s safe to eat? Devon Jackson writes for Outside that “[f]or years, an underground movement has claimed that the very food we eat—by virtue of the pesticides and…







What do you do next when you’ve successfully screwed up the Earth? Screw up Space too! Agricultural science is approaching its next frontier reports Modern Farmer: Last year, an astronaut named Don…




Truthout on the regime of rural surveillance and suspicion instituted by multinational seed companies: The GMO regime has initiated a “new era of feudalism,” by powerful multinationals who have consolidated their control over…







“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.” — Archbishop Hélder Câmara

Suzanne Lindgren writes at Utne Blogs:

When it comes to feeding the world, most of us support the idea. We are taught from a young age that if someone is hungry it’s our moral duty to feed them, whether they live down the street or in another country. For decades, agriculture companies have used the noble goal of “feeding the world” to increase yields by any means possible, from genetic modification to the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This logic has justified ecological destruction from prairies to rainforests. It has wreaked havoc on indigenous and small-farming communities. And with 870 million chronically undernourished people on earth right now, it has failed to get food to the people who need it most.

Instead of a fed planet, we have monoculture farms, poisons on food, and toxic runoff in our land and water. Into our air, the global agriculture industry emits about 14 percent of total greenhouse gases, according to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). If we include agricultural deforestation, that number jumps to 27.5 percent. “[I]t’s impossible,” writes CGIAR, “to address climate issues without including agriculture—and vice versa.”

Fortunately, real solutions aren’t difficult to imagine. Raj Patel interviewed one Wisconsin farmer, Jim Goodman, who seems to have a lot of this figured out.

Read more here.


Elizabeth Royte writes at the Nation: Jacki Schilke and her sixty cattle live in the top left corner of North Dakota, a windswept, golden-hued landscape in the heart of the Bakken Shale….




CBS News ponders whether America is being poisoned by food we “improved” via technology: Modern wheat is a “perfect, chronic poison,” according to Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist who has published a…