Some beekeepers, worried by the collapse of their bee colonies in recent years, are pointing a finger this month at a class of insecticide (neo-nicotinoids) that they think is responsible for lowering the insects' resistance to disease. R
We were stopped at an agricultural inspection station roadblock on our way to San Diego. This is inspection station was created to control COMMERCIAL goods entering into the state.
There is no better feeling than when you plant a tree and after some time come and see it growing," Macedonian opera singer and UNESCO Artist for Peace Boris Trajanov told reporters.
Manure has long been used as a crop fertilizer, but the challenge of finding an efficient use of the nutrients found in manure is ever present. The ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus in manure is low in relation to the nutrient needs of most crops. T
For more than 50 years microbiologists have warned against using antibiotics to fatten up farm animals. The practice, they argue, threatens human health by turning farms into breeding grounds of drug-resistant bacteria. Farmers responded that restric
Monsanto is playing a role in Iowa's proposed anti-whistleblower bill -- a bill focused primarily on agriculture. Should the bill pass, it will become illegal to produce undercover videos at various types of agricultural facilities.
Germany (Bayer's home country), France, and Slovenia have either banned their use outright or limited it severely. Meanwhile, the U.S. EPA has stood by its approval of them -- even though its own scientists have discredited Bayer's research purport
Natural Sequence Farming is a descriptor used when sustainable agriculture mimics the once highly efficient functions of the Australian landscape. NSF pioneer Peter Andrews of Denman in New South Wales and coordinator of the NSF movement, Duane Norri
But the truth could well be the opposite: It might be chemical-intensive agriculture that's the frivolous luxury, and organic that offers us the right technologies in a resource-constrained, ever-warmer near future.
The scientists have successfully introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk. Human milk contains high quantities of key nutrients that can help to boost the immune system of babies and
Addition of biochar to the soil allowed for a 70% reduction in nitrous oxide fluxes over the course of the study. Nitrogen contribution from livestock urine to the emitted nitrous oxide decreased as well.
"What we're doing is putting large, old trees into a context where they're an integral part of what a forest is," says Lindo. "These large old trees are doing something: they're providing habitat for something that provides habitat for somethin
Living closer to nature, whatever that may mean to you, today seems to be possible or even desirable only at the margins of civilization; that is, before this can happen, a lot of other people have to be working to provide the many things we take for
nd yet, in the years that followed, the fortunes of American environmentalism would seemingly turn. In 2005, almost exactly one year after the publication of The Death of Environmentalism, Al Gore came to Aspen to keynote a Yale retreat about the fut
In the past dozen years, three new diseases have decimated populations of amphibians, honeybees, and — most recently — bats. Increasingly, scientists suspect that low-level exposure to pesticides could be contributing to this rash of epidemics.
A farmer's report of an unusual forage grass led Michael Casler, an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) geneticist at the agency's U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, Wis., to identify the grass as meadow fescue. Meadow fescue has been lo
Predictably enough, The Economist's perspective on the "feed the world" question is guided by the assumption, never much examined, that only high-tech, massive-scale farming can tackle the task of feeding the 9 billion people expected to be on Ear
No - because it's Spring, and that means planting season. Got food?
There is a rational, even persuasive, argument for voluntarily eating insects: Bugs are high in protein, require less space to grow and offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to the vertebrates we Westerners prefer, advocates of the bug fa
You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead — your next stop, Monsanto Zone…
The USDA’s National Organics Program (NOP) is designed so that GMOs can enter USDA Certified Organics.
Recalculating the global use of phosphorous, a fertilizer linchpin of modern agriculture, a team of researchers warns that the world's stocks may soon be in short supply and that overuse in the industrialized world has become a leading cause of the
There are most likely GMOs in our organic foods because contamination is widespread throughout the agricultural industry, and the USDA's National Organics Program is designed so that GMOs can enter Certified Organics through accidental contamination.
Dr. Caleb McClennen, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Marine Program, said: "This important comparison of various fisheries management systems over time demonstrates the critical need to move past unregulated open-access fishing in r
Growing trees on farms can provide farmers with food, income, fodder and medicines, as well as enriching the soil and conserving water. As natural vegetation and forests are cleared for agriculture and other types of development, the benefits that tr
On Friday, the USDA made a decision to allow the commercial use of “Roundup Ready” genetically modified sugar beets. The decision comes a week after the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture approved the planting of a yet another genetically modified plant, alfa
In January, the USDA announced they would deregulate genetically modified alfalfa, allowing it to be planted without restriction. Just one week later, genetically modified sugar beets were deregulated as well. The USDA’s move to completely deregul
When I was a kid, I didn’t care to much about what I ate as long as it tasted good! In fact, I used to ride my bike to the corner store with my cousins on hot summer days to pick up juice, ice cream and gummy bears. Well, needless to say, times have
And so it goes… This is what is happening in our field observations for our 4500 foot altitude desert field planting. But… there is a lot more. We used four different soil blends and also a number of mature plants in each section of augmen
This will not only have an immediate impact on supplies, but because of very strong blossom drops, this will also impact supplies 30 – 60 days from now. Some growers are meeting with their boards right now to determine whether they should immediately