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Trump’s Choice for Ag Secretary Not an Obvious Champion for Sustainable Agriculture

Trump’s Choice for Ag Secretary Not an Obvious Champion for Sustainable Agriculture

By Jonathan Kaplan President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Sonny Perdue, a long-time agribusiness leader, Democrat-turned-Republican state legislator, two-time governor of Georgia to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Faced with a warming planet, increasing water scarcity, collapsing bee populations and other environmental challenges, the USDA needs a leader who will promote planet-friendly farming practices […]

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    Regenerative Agriculture Will Feed the World and Cool the Planet

    Regenerative Agriculture Will Feed the World and Cool the Planet

    “World governments spend $486 billion a year to subsidize an industrial food and farming model that the United Nations estimates, contributes 43-57 percent of total man-made greenhouse gas emissions,” said Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association. “It’s time to stop subsidizing agricultural practices that contribute to global warming, and start subsidizing food, […]

    5 States That Grow the Most Organic Food Per Acre

    5 States That Grow the Most Organic Food Per Acre

    A new report has found that U.S. land for organic farming reached 4.1 million acres in 2016, a new record and an 11 percent increase compared to 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms in the U.S. reached 14,979, a 6.2 percent increase of 1,000 farms compared to 2014 survey data. […]

    Why Are California Farmers Irrigating Crops With Oil Wastewater?

    Why Are California Farmers Irrigating Crops With Oil Wastewater?

    In the last three years, farmers in parts of California’s Central Valley irrigated nearly 100,000 acres of food crops with billions of gallons of oil field wastewater possibly tainted with toxic chemicals, including chemicals that can cause cancer and reproductive harm, according to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of state data. [facebook https://www.facebook.com/EcoWatch/videos/1328569113822689/ expand=1] […]

    World’s Most Remote Village Is About to Become Self-Sufficient

    World’s Most Remote Village Is About to Become Self-Sufficient

    The most remote village on Earth, located on Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic Ocean, is about to get a 21st century upgrade thanks to an international design competition aimed at creating a more sustainable future for the farming and fishing community. Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Oceanmichael clarke […]

    World’s First Farm to Use Solar Power and Seawater Opens in Australia

    World’s First Farm to Use Solar Power and Seawater Opens in Australia

    Sundrop Farms, a tomato production facility that is the first agricultural system of its kind in the world, celebrated its grand opening in Port Augusta, South Australia, Thursday. Instead of soil, pesticides, fossil fuels and groundwater, Sundrop Farms uses only solar power and desalinated seawater to grow tomatoes across 49 acres. The water is pumped […]

    New Report Busts Myth That GMOs Are Needed to ‘Feed the World’

    New Report Busts Myth That GMOs Are Needed to ‘Feed the World’

    It’s well believed that by the year 2050, 9 billion people will call Earth home. With so many mouths to feed, the United Nations says that world food production must double or else people will go hungry. In order to feed Earth’s swelling population, U.S. agriculture and agribusiness interests, notably Monsanto, have insisted that American […]

    Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Oilfields Supplying Wastewater to Irrigate Food Crops

    Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Oilfields Supplying Wastewater to Irrigate Food Crops

    People in California’s Central Valley could be drinking water tainted by cancer-causing chemicals used in oilfields, and current water-testing procedures would not detect these substances, according to a scientific report released Tuesday by researchers at PSE Healthy Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of California and the University of the Pacific. More than 100 […]

    Visting Iceland’s Food and Farming Community

    Visting Iceland’s Food and Farming Community

    By Karen Stillerman As a food lover and an agriculture geek, I frequently plan vacations around what there is to eat. This summer, I traveled to Iceland, ostensibly to admire its breathtaking scenery and ride its tough little horses. As a bonus, I escaped a couple weeks of DC’s stifling heat. But of course, I […]