- April 1st, 2014
It’s not easy being a farmer in India. Instead of struggling to get your acre or so of crops to pay off with traditional methods, a big company makes you a tempting offer with GMO seeds. They promise a higher yield and more money in return. Unfortunately the GMO seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides are expensive.Changing lives in India, one farmer at a timeBy Amy Vergin
- March 1st, 2013
The US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) released findings of a new survey about Americans’ perceptions on food production.
- September 1st, 2012
“Organic Farm: Please Do Not Spray.”
Along the winding driveway, through the field of organic sweet corn, these signs greet me as I approach the home and farm of Atina Diffley and her husband, Martin. Although the pair no longer farm on the property (they lease the land out to other organic farmers),Atina Diffley shares her bounty of knowledge about the organic farming movement.By Jenn Benson
- July 1st, 2012
University of Wisconsin-Madison plant breeders have developed a new oat variety that’s significantly higher in the compound that makes this grain so cardio-friendly.
- June 1st, 2012
Can organic agriculture feed the world? A new study published in Nature concludes that organic crop yields are generally lower than conventional agriculture. This is particularly true for cereals, which are staples of the human diet. However, the yield gap is much less significant for other crops, such as soybeans and fruits.
- September 1st, 2008
New research published in the journal Global Change Biology says that increased levels of greenhouse gases could decrease the nutritional values of several foods—including barley, wheat, soybeans, potatoes, and rice.By Meghan Rabbitt