The Farm-to-Table Handbook: Food Security, Politics, Economics, Sovereignty, and Justice

By Darryl Benjamin | Fresh Food Movement, close-up examination of global food production issues: Food Security, Sustainability, Politics, Economics, Sovereignty, and Justice

Monsanto's global weedkiller harms honeybees, research finds

The world’s most used weedkiller damages the beneficial bacteria in the guts of honeybees and makes them more prone to deadly infections, new research has found.<p>Previous studies have shown that pesticides such as neonicotinoids cause harm to bees, whose pollination is vital to about three-quarters …

Environment

Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honey bees

• Green JM<p>(2018) The rise and future of glyphosate and glyphosate-resistant crops.Pest Manag Sci 74:1035–1039.<p>Van Bruggen AHC, et al.<p>(2018) …

Bees

How new technologies can help beat hunger

Last year, 124 million people around the world faced food crises that required humanitarian action. The figures from the United Nations Food …

Agriculture

Texas farmers on edge as $430 billion farm bill runs up against deadline

Funding for crucial safety net programs for thousands of Texas farmers expires Sept. 30. Congress has four working days to act.<p>WASHINGTON – …

Commodities

Some farmers worry Trump's bailout checks won't be enough

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China.<p>But even those poised for big payouts worry it won't be enough. …

Farming

WSJ: US Farmers Face Pressure of Resurgent Russian Agriculture

Amid the largest wave of U.S. farm closures since 1980s, a Russian agricultural resurgence is putting further pressure on U.S. farming, The Wall …

Wall Street

Factory Farmers OK with Millions of Florence-Drowned Animals

- Advertisement -<p>East coast factory farmers knew from 1999 Hurricane Floyd that animals would die from Florence flooding. They also knew they would …

Hurricane Floyd

Americans are having trouble buying farmland, and a 1600% price increase is the least of their worries

• <b>America has a farmland problem — l</b><b>and access is the top challenge young farmers face.</b>• <b><br>I</b><b>t's too hard to find land for sale at reasonable rates, which makes growth a challenge, especially for new farmers going into business for the first time.</b>• <b><br>Nearly 100 million acres of US farmland will change hands</b> …

Farming

As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won't be enough

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China.<p>But even those poised for big payouts worry it won't be enough. …

Farming

Overflowing Hog Lagoons Raise Environmental Concerns In North Carolina

With the full extent of the damage done by Hurricane Florence still being assessed, environmentalists and health officialsare expressing concern over the pink shadedponds on hog farms that have overflowed into surrounding flood waters.<p>No, those ponds aren't hogwash, they're actually hog …

North Carolina

Farm Aid festival benefits Connecticut farmers for 1st time

The Farm Aid music festival is taking place this year in Hartford.<p>The annual event, which raises money and awareness for family farms, takes place …

Farm Aid

Idaho research wants to help keep crops standing tall

There are nearly 7.5 billion people on Earth and more are being born every second. In order to feed all of us, researchers at University of Idaho are …

National Science Foundation

Millions of dead chickens and pigs found in hurricane floods

Eric Phelps steered a small, battery-powered pontoon boat over the tops of cornstalks and into the eastern North Carolina town of Wallace on Thursday afternoon. The smell of floodwater under a hot sun – a mix of oil, manure and mold – was overwhelming.<p>Gliding across the surface, Phelps saw …

North Carolina

Reeling under debt burden of Rs 10 lakh, K’taka farmer and family kill themselves

The family left behind a note addressed to CM HD Kumaraswamy, stating that despite several efforts to get financial support, they were left in the …

Farming

Iceland has started selling fish other supermarkets reject for this very important reason

ICELAND will start selling fish that would otherwise be thrown back into the sea either dead or dying just because it's not cod.<p>The supermarket will …

Whitefish

Swiss Bid for Sustainable Food May Run It Into Trade Trouble

Switzerland is set to vote on two measures intended to foster sustainable, local agriculture that could greatly complicate the import of foodstuff to …

Sustainability

John Deere Just Swindled Farmers Out of Their Right to Repair

The fight for our right to repair the stuff we own has suffered a huge setback.<p>As anyone who repairs electronics knows, keeping a device in working …

Repairs

'Within three days we lost it all': Daughter of strawberry farmers shows the stark reality of her family's livelihood and years of hard work being 'dumped' after the needle sabotage

One of the six farms whose strawberries were sabotaged with sewing needles has been pushed to the brink after supermarkets refused to take its …

Family Business

Indigo raises $250M, launches marketplace to help farmers get paid for quality grain

Indigo, the startup bringing algorithms and machine learning to the agricultural industry, has raised a $250 million Series E, bringing its total raised to $650 million.<p>The funding values the company at $3.5 billion, according to a source familiar with the deal. That’s a steep increase from its …

Startups

Text-Only NPR.org : Hog Farmers Scramble to Drain Waste Pools Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

"We're probably going to get hit on the nose with this, so flooding's our biggest concern," says Marlowe Vaughan of Ivy Spring Creek Farm in Goldsboro, N.C.<p>The hog houses themselves are safe from flooding, she says, but paths leading to them could be flooded, so that workers will have to get to …

North Carolina

The ugly truth about the imperfect food movement

The imperfect food movement continues to rise in popularity as companies, like Imperfect Produce in Silicon Valley, capitalize on a growing trend to …

Farming

World Hunger Rises as Climate Change, Conflict Curb Food Access

The number of people suffering from hunger climbed to an eight-year high in 2017 as extreme and erratic weather, conflicts and economic slowdowns …

United Nations

Robots Are Coming for Your Crop Protection (and Other Inputs …)

The market for agricultural robotics market is small but burgeoning, and their impact is likely to be quite a bit more widespread than the robotic …

Farming

What Agriculture's Current Crisis Can Teach Every Entrepreneur About Sustainability | Inc.com

In early August, San Francisco jurors awarded former groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson $298 million in a lawsuit alleging that exposure to Roundup, a popular weedkiller manufactured by Monsanto, had caused his terminal cancer. That case, which opened the door to thousands of other lawsuits, has placed …

Farming

Drought-stricken farmers call for 'doom and gloom' rethink

05/09/2018|4min<p>Despite the wide-spanning drought crippling large parts of the nation's east, some farmers are issuing a call for an end to the 'doom …

Farming

Farm bill farce: Corporate ag reports huge profits while farmers struggle to feed their families

They are either out of touch or don’t care. This summer, the House and Senate passed different versions of the 2018 farm bill. Neither address what’s …

Agriculture

Christopher Walken & Christina Ricci To Topline Anti-GMO Indie ‘Percy’

Oscar winner Christopher Walken and Christina Ricci are set to star in <i>Percy</i>, an indie film which is currently in production in Winnipeg, Manitoba. …

Christopher Walken

Road to collectivisation of small farmers

The ‘farmer producer organisation’ route is the best way to strengthen aggregation and, thereby, improve farm incomes

Farming

World's first floating dairy farm could be wave of the future

Environment<p>"It's a logical step to produce fresh food on the water."<p>You've heard of offshore drilling platforms and offshore wind farms. Now a Dutch company is developing what's being called the world's first offshore dairy farm. Plans call for the high-tech, multilevel facility to open this fall …

Cows