Agriculture

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Lawsuit challenges Federal water contracts that imperil the fish, wildlife and people of California’s Sacramento Delta

In the latest lawsuit to contest Trump administration water policies, three environmental groups have sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over the granting of permanent federal water contracts to water users supplied by the Central Valley Project (CVP). By Dan Bacher The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Restore the Delta and Planning and Conservation League, […]

May 21st

Unlike the US, Australia has truly excellent food security

The Coronavirus pandemic has taken Australia and the world by surprise. Coming after severe droughts in eastern Australia, concerns have been raised about Australian food security. The concerns are understandable, but they are misplaced. Despite temporary shortages of some food items in supermarkets caused by an unexpected surge in demand, Australia does not have a food security […]

April 20th

Would you eat a 3D printed steak?

Did you know that there is a 3D printed steak that you can eat? It was 3 something in the morning and I couldn’t sleep, so I scrolled through Twitter and saw this tweet about 3D-printed meat: A taste of what's to come. 🔎 Learn more about how technology is fighting food waste: https://t.co/3cUk2nUkWa pic.twitter.com/jrDQqbFJv2 […]

March 12th

Climate change is still coming to take away your coffee!

A new study indicates that climate change could devastate coffee production in Brazil, but also offers ideas on how to save 75% of it. We definitely need to take heed, because I am an evil monster that the Avengers may need to subdue if I don’t have my morning coffee. Silliness aside, this new study provides both a problem […]

March 8th

Wind energy is helping US farmers overcome the Trump Slump

Wind energy is offering hope for American farmers amid tough times.  “I would say the absence of financial stress has been a real game-changer for me,” Tom Cunningham tells USA Today. He has three wind turbines on his land and they make up for the crop export issues he has been facing. Farmers who living in […]

February 24th

California files lawsuit against Trump’s salmon-killing water plan

One day after Governor Gavin Newsom and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said they would sue President Donald Trump over his signing of revised biological opinions in Bakersfield, Becerra, the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday evening filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for failing to protect endangered fish […]

February 21st

New climate change report underscores the need to manage land for the short and long term

In its latest report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change describes how agriculture, deforestation, and other human activities have altered 70% of the land on Earth’s surface. These changes are significantly adding to climate-warming emissions. They are also making forests and other natural systems, which can store key greenhouse gases, less able to do so. […]

August 16th

Farmers hit by torrential rains, tarrifs and Trump

Farming is one of the toughest ways to make a living there is. Despite all the fancy new tractors and farm equipment, despite government price supports, despite advances in pesticides and fertilizers that create higher yields per acre than at any time in history, it is still a backbreaking struggle fraught with enormous challenges from […]

June 1st

Better agriculture via the “no plow” farming movement

21st century farming is a miracle of modern science. Every year, farmers around the world pour millions of tons of pesticides and fertilizers on their fields. Giant corporations like Dow and Monsanto employ flotillas of researchers to create more chemicals they can sell at tremendous profits to the farming community. And every year, the ability […]

April 27th

Hold my beer: Craft breweries organizing for climate change to save the industry

As the impact of climate change continues to escalate, more industries are experiencing substantial challenges to successful business operation. Breweries in particular are realizing the very real threat climate change poses to their industry, and have therefore started to speak out on the issue before one of America’s proudest and most profitable products is made […]

Smithfield can’t greenwash 130 lagoons full of hogmanure

Smithfield recently announced that they’ll partnering with United Wind to power dozens of its Colorado hog farms with wind energy. But, wait. Isn’t this the same company that had more than 130 waste lagoons compromised during Hurricane Florence, flooding North Carolina farming communities many miles inland? This kind of flooding takes a largely airborne issue which contains […]

March 24th

Back to the Earth: Carbon farming and the Green New Deal

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not coal-fired power plants and internal combustion engine transportation that emit the majority of greenhouse gases — it’s industrial agricultural food production. But that could change, as the Green New Deal has major implications for the food system. By Carolyn Fortuna Cleantechnica When we do a close reading of the full text of the […]

March 9th