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Feb 01, 2013

Indian farmer suicides a case of misplaced GM blame

The tragedy of Indian farmer suicides can be attributed to a complex host of factors, and consigning blame for the suicides to Monsanto and corporate....More
Jan 31, 2013

Organic production and the labor problem

Organic farming is often touted as the one and only sustainable system for crop production, but do we really want to de-evolve technologically?....More
Jan 28, 2013

The fiscal cliff fallacy and the debt burden for our kids and grandkids

Each person's share of the U.S. national debt has topped $50,000 — and it's continually increasing....More
Jan 28, 2013

Depends outselling Pampers a sure sign of collapse

When your country wears more Depends than Pampers, economic disaster is sure to follow. In 2012, adult diapers outsold baby diapers in Japan. The....More
Jan 25, 2013

Californians must pull on the same oar to address water crisis

As political leaders once again face the growing California water crisis head-on, the reactions to the latest idea to move water more efficiently....More
Jan 24, 2013

Slow resolution of USDA minority discrimination suit stokes fires of bitterness

Tired of waiting for resolution of Pigford II, the Memphis-based Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association has filed a petition for writ of....More
Jan 23, 2013

To the manor born: The Golden Age transformed to a self-service society

Perhaps the oil rich in the Arab world, or noveau riche tycoons of China, India, Mexico and other countries where there is still a huge poor....More
Jan 23, 2013

Fire ants vs. Benadryl a battle of pain

A fire ant attack is a moment of blind panic; an initial frozen blink of time when you realize you’re being swarmed by ant devils. Panic steps aside....More
Jan 22, 2013

Chalk one up for the Hudson family farm

Waterkeepers and its benefactors need to learn that filing frivolous lawsuits in an effort to bankrupt family farms can be a swift-running current....More
Jan 21, 2013

January freeze: agriculture’s worst enemy, best friend

An old saying references ‘thick-skinned people,’ those who handle controversy fairly well and allow any criticism of their beliefs to....More
Jan 16, 2013

Consumer Reports arsenic alarm still having an impact

The U.S. rice industry responded quickly to a Consumer Reports article on arsenic in rice, providing balance and accuracy to what was an ill-....More
Jan 10, 2013

Road to Damascus change for anti-GM apostle Mark Lynas

In a shot heard round the GM world, Mark Lynas, a pioneer in the anti-GM movement, came out as a full-fledged advocate of GM crops and his reversal....More
Jan 09, 2013

Traveling makes you appreciate home that much more

It’s inevitable when traveling. You find yourself drawing comparisons to home. We heard a lot about agriculture, and saw a lot of Europe's history....More
Jan 07, 2013

Honey laundering trails all lead to China

Honey, due to foreign imports, is one of the most tainted foods in America, and China has a sticky finger in almost every pot. The fix is in and....More
Jan 07, 2013

Proposition 37 proponents feeling their oats

You have to give the Prop 37 protestors credit, they’re creative and opportunistic when it comes to getting their message out. But 99 percent of them....More
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