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    Stripping Conservation to its Bare Essentials

    Planting just 10 to 20 percent of a crop field with patches of prairie can reduce erosion by 95 percent and runoff by 90 percent.Gary Van Ryswyk's concern for how his farming methods impact the landscape is obvious. A practitioner of a no-till system that avoids disturbing a field's surface as ...

    A Plague of Frogs in Farm Country

    Connecting the dots between wildlife, fertile fields, and the Farm BillWhile walking a piece of North Dakota landscape under a withering August sun, one's thoughts turn to moisture—or rather, the lack of it. So when I and other participants in a farm tour kicked up signs of cool, shady places ...

    Superweeds, Superbugs, and Superbusiness

    This field of genetically-modified soy might look nice, but the Roundup Ready system has turned out to be a Darwinian experiment on steroids.When a cousin of mine planted his first field of Roundup Ready soybeans in southwest Iowa back in the 1990s, he told me, in a somewhat resigned way, ...

    Bringing Life Back to Soil

    Many farmers are focused on rebuilding our soil—here's why you should be too. Part two of a two-part dispatch on the sorry state of our nation's soil and what we can do to fix it. Read part one here: "Too Sick to Function."It's easy to overlook soil's ill health because overall it still does ...

    Too Sick to Function

    Good health starts with good soil, and ours has seen better days. Part one of a two-part dispatch on the sorry state of our nation's soil and what we can do to fix it.  Read part two here: "Bringing Life Back to Soil."The past 12 months have been hard on the soil in farm country. There was ...

    Five Ways to Divest From Monsanto

    This article originally appeared at Urban Times. Monsanto, the mistress of the GMO initiative, needs a wake up call. While campaigns to label genetically modified organisms increase and state governments work to bring the legislature into action, many Americans are not aware of just how ...

    Don't Feed the Hungry

    Raj Patel is a writer, academic, and activist. He is the author ofStuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, and the New York Times and international bestseller,The Value of Nothing. He has also published widely in the academic press, with articles in peer-reviewed ...

    GM Food: Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

    Just over half of Americans say they wouldn’t buy a food they knew was genetically modified. Another 87 percent say they want to see GM labels at the grocery store. That’s one reason why Connecticut’s recent failure to require labeling is so surprising, says Treehugger. Now, ...

    Shifting Prospects for a New Farm Bill

    Later this year, the federal Farm Bill that was enacted in 2008 is set to expire. Although Congress already has plenty on its plate—not to mention the ongoing kerfuffle over Obamacare at the Supreme Court—there’s a good chance they’ll make room for this. Because of its size and scope, ...

    The Incredible Edible Forest

    You’ve heard of farm to table. Coming soon: park to table. This spring, in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, seven acres of underused land will be transformed into the nation’s largest urban “food forest”—a community park planted with a cornucopia of produce that visitors are ...

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