This week, ProPublica unveiled its 5-part series on “the truth behind the water crisis in the West,” beginning with this story on Arizona cotton. Every year, Arizona farmers plant 100,000 acres or more of cotton in the desert. And every year, the federal government hands out millions of dollars to support those farmers and those […]
This week, the Food and Agriculture Organization released its report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015. Good news is: the number of hungry people worldwide has dropped to roughly 795 million. But statistics are complicated, and hunger remains a critical problem in regions of protracted political and environmental crises. Some regions fare […]
We’re hearing more and more about the palm oil industry’s destructive practices. But, as this Guardian story points out, “it takes money to make money,” and it’s important to look at the financing for large land acquisitions that lead to deforestation and expansive palm oil plantations. More here.
This is such a critical read. In Burundi, one of the world’s most densely populated countries, family members are attacking each other over scarce farmlands. The population continues to grow at a worrisome pace. Analysts warn of the potential for civil conflict in the years to come. These issues are not just found in Burundi. […]
Researchers say several new varieties of “heat-beater” beans—developed as crosses between common beans and the tepary bean grown for centuries in Mexico and the Southwest—could survive the effects of climate change. More from CGIAR.
How to combat malnutrition? Teach patients to garden and cook. This is what Rwanda’s Rwinkwavu District Hospital is doing (with support from Partners in Health). Dr. Fulgence Nkikabahizi, the hospital’s medical director, explains that many patients have access to nutritious food, but they have never been taught to balance the nutrients in the meals they […]
Many of our country’s migrant farmworkers (some on temporary agricultural visas) live in appalling conditions that mirror those we’ve seen across the developing world. These workers pick our oranges, grapefruits and tomatoes. They go home at night to camps and trailers with backed-up sewage, leaky stoves, pests and mold. Watchdog Sarasota investigates the situation in […]
Just as President Obama gave his State of the Union speech this week, two critical New York Times stories have highlighted the abysmal status of our food (a subject not included in Obama’s address). Viewed from so many angles, it just looks bad. As Mark Bittman writes, more than 46.5 million Americans are receiving SNAP […]
In this must-read investigation, Joseph Sorrentino documents the dangerous conditions that workers—often undocumented—face in New Mexico’s Big Dairy industry. We often hear of undercover investigations that show animal abuse in large-scale operations; not often enough do we see stories on the workers, who risk life and limb for minimal pay, no breaks, no overtime and […]
New research shows how the vast agricultural expansion that came with the Green Revolution has “tilted nature’s balance,” altering carbon dioxide levels at particular times of the year. It affects not just climate but seasons. More from Climate News Network.