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The Buzz Beyond Bees

Madison, June 21—The bees are dying. This message has been spread far and wide over the course of the past decade, from the covers of national magazines to (sometimes misguided) corporate marketing campaigns. It’s a snappy soundbite that alerts the public to a real problem pertaining to how we produce food and strive to coexist [...]

A Factory Farm Fungus Among Us

Fungicide and pesticide production at Sapec Crop Protection, Portugal. By Alex Liebman and Rob Wallace St Paul, April 9—Eighty percent of U.S. antibiotics are used to promote livestock and poultry growth and protect the animals from the bacterial consequences of the manure-laden environments in which they are grown. That’s 34 million pounds of antibiotics a [...]

The Crop Beds Are Burning

Eganstown, March 7--I am in mourning. A younger, more optimistic me died last week. Not even 50, she was far too young. As I sat with the governments of the world at UN meetings in Rome, I couldn’t get Midnight Oil’s iconic 1987 song Beds Are Burning out of my head, the line "how can [...]

Big Ag’s New Game

Toronto, February 12–A recent episode of Food Talk with guest James Collins of DowDuPont and Corteva Agriscience got me thinking: how is Big Ag responding to political shifts in food production? As host Dani Nierenberg and Collins discussed the ins and outs of ag-tech, I noticed that companies are very much taking cues from grassroots [...]

Farming While Black

By Leah Penniman The following excerpt is from Leah Penniman’s book Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land (Chelsea Green Publishing, November 2018) and is reprinted with permission from the publisher. As a young person, and one of three mixed-race Black children raised in the rural North mostly by [...]

When Hurricanes Hit Industrial Agriculture

Photo by Rick Dove, Waterkeeper Alliance/Flickr   These disasters drag into the light exactly who is already being thrown away. --Naomi Klein, in a tweet about Hurricane Florence Minneapolis, September 26 – In 1831, a powerful hurricane devastated the island of Barbados. Eyewitness accounts reported a “deluge of rain opening huge chasms in the ground [...]

New Sulfoxaflor Insecticide Harms Bees

Minneapolis, September 15 – Several months ago, the European Union banned the three major neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticides, following years of accumulating and convincing evidence that they harm bees and other organisms. Global research with a European emphasis  and research focused on the U.S. meanwhile show that neonics rarely benefit crops in their most prevalent application [...]