The animals have been specially bred to shed their winter coats naturally when spring arrives, saving farmers thousands of pounds a year. A new breed of self-shearing sheep shed their coats naturally in spring Wool has fallen so dramatically i
The 2008 food crisis, which pushed hundreds of millions from mere poverty to flat-out hunger, exposed the absurdity of that policy. No country threw its farmers to the wolves more decisively than Haiti, which just a generation ago grew most of its ow
Thus when 31 grey wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995/6 it seemed we humans were reinserting a valuable piece to make whole the naturalness of the park. It was more than fifty years since all the pieces were back on the gro
America's farmers are aging. Averaging just under 60 years old, half of all current farmers are expected to retire over the next decade. And, despite scattered efforts to raise a new crop of agriculturalists, it is not at all clear who will fill the
For centuries, people have debated the ethics of killing for food (one clearly carnivorous Stoic philosopher, Chrysippus, wrote in the third century BCE that the purpose of an animal’s soul was simply to keep the meat fresh).
And the USDA, which has rarely until very recently uttered a peep about consolidation or the withering away of infrastructure, has taken note. "It's pretty clear there needs to be attention paid to this," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in
he decline in the US bee population, first observed in 2006, is continuing, a phenomenon that still baffles researchers and beekeepers. Data from the US Department of Agriculture show a 29 percent drop in beehives in 2009, following a 36 percent d
According to World Bank estimates, some 1.4 billion people were already living in poverty in 2005, well before the 2007 food price increases and the 2008 financial crisis. Since the financial crisis, an additional 100 million people are now believed
Globally we have 6.5 million square miles of forest out of which at least fifty percent appears suitable for our protocol. Let us accept 3.0 million square miles. If we assume reasonably that a square mile can support a hundred to two hundred hea
"Our discovery that every domestic chicken that we have studied representing populations from Sweden to China carry a mutant form of the TSHR protein strongly suggests that this genetic change was an important step in the evolution of the domestic c
"We have just begun full shipments to the United States," he said. "We hope to provide our sustainable tuna for Japanese sushi bars and restaurants which are concerned about protests from environmental activists."
The herds of deer and flocks of turkeys have already become large. They are already large enough to support a recovery of carnivore predation and a natural acceleration of human carnivore confrontation. The woods I walked as a child were free of de
Restoring wild populations of American bison would benefit ecosystems in their historic range from the desert grasslands of northern Mexico, through the Great Plains of the United States and Canada, to the lowland meadows of interior Alaska, finds a
During the depths of the economic crisis last year, the prices for many goods held steady or even dropped. But on American farms, the picture was far different, as farmers watched the price they paid for seeds skyrocket. Corn seed prices rose 32 perc
2 years after receiving its first deposits, a "doomsday" seed vault on an Arctic island has amassed half a million seed samples, making it the world's most diverse repository of crop seeds. The seed collection is 1,000km from the North Pole, now hous
“Biodynamic agriculture may be the last chance this planet has.”
A low-cost water purification technique published in Current Protocols in Microbiology could help drastically reduce the incidence of waterborne disease in the developing world. The procedure, which uses seeds from the Moringa oleifera tree, can p
USDA is stepping up its assault on domestic farming and ranching.
Some Obama administration officials have made clear their unease with the increasing control a handful of corporations have over the nation's food supply, and they could show whether they are serious about changing the system.
Imagine walking through a Wal-Mart parking lot with a can of patented paint and spraying whatever you wanted to claim ownership of. This is a clear example of legalized theft - the kind which Monsanto is master of.
Just precisely what does all of that nitrogen fertilizer do to the soil? “Fertilizer is good for the father and bad for the sons.”
A must-see short film about the connection between traditional agriculture methods and disease.
This is the essential problem with reactive nitrogen—its ability to morph and move around, often to unhealthy ends (see illustration).
“We conducted feeding trials to determine the digestibility of macronutrients and amino acids in the barley protein concentrate. The data from these trials allowed us to formulate trout feeds with varying levels of barley protein concentrate, and we
On December 31, 2009, Forbes Magazine named Monsanto its Company of the Year for 2009. The magazine praised Monsanto's economic success and innovative new products. "It has created many billions of dollars of value for the world with seeds genetica
makes us wonder what new trick the criminals will be up to. http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/content/printable_version/faq_traceability.pdfRead Letter
So I’d like to suggest a foe of Rome’s power as the perfect figurehead for the small family farmer holding out indomitably against the economic forces trying to subjugate the whole planet. Our hero’s name is ASTERIX,
A USDA press release put out yesterday, February 5, 2009, states that implementation of NAIS has been ceased.
Parker's tree censuses have revealed that the forest is packing on weight at a much faster rate than expected. He and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute postdoctoral fellow Sean McMahon discovered that, on average, the forest is growing an addi
In fact, the needs of green house operations suggest that this can be best integrated with biochar production. Green houses need hot water during the fall, winter and early spring. The corn stover is delivered during September and October, and its