Photographer Lewis Hine's left a legacy of pictures he took of children working in U.S. industry in grueling conditions at the beginning of the 20th century — many of them in the fields of agriculture.
2. The Fearless, Risk-Loving Winemaker
Somewhere in the manicured farmlands of Napa Valley, a 52-year-old winemaker named Abe Schoener stood in a puny and weed-choked tract of land surrounded by 40 gray and contorted barren vines, which he surveyed with paternal satisfaction. “My view when I started leasing this was, It’s 60-year-old-vine sauvignon blanc,” he said, smiling. “How bad could it be?”
Eating lunch while catching up on the news, the headline “Monsanto GMO Cucumbers Cause Genital Baldness” made me a choke on my sweet gherkins. A six-month study revealed that Monsanto-developed GMO cucumbers had resulted in total groin hair loss and chaffed “sensitive areas.” Arrrgh.
The organic matter sensor is very intriguing. There’s a stainless steel probe magnetically attached to its base, and you plunge this probe into a fruit or vegetable to detect the nitrate quantities left behind by synthetic fertilizers.
Arthur Boyt, 73, is quite likely the leading roadkill eater on the planet. Boyt, a taxidermist who keeps a freezer stocked with roadkill of every stripe, speaks with sledgehammer honesty: There is nothing — absolutely nothing — he won't eat.
This video shows the dramatic moment a farmer discovered sheep still alive after 11 days buried under a huge snowdrift. Footage shows some of the sheep moving their heads around with their bodies still under the snow.
Every day, nearly 250 agricultural workers suffer an injury that causes them to miss work, and 5 percent of those injuries result in permanent impairment.
On Feb. 8 — UC Davis Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen predicted California almond growers might not have enough honey bees for pollination. He sounded the alarm.
Legal issues continue to shape American agriculture and the involvement of the legal system in agriculture likely will continue to grow.
A California legislator wants to require the state's prisons, schools and other public institutions to buy local agriculture products to support California farmers.