Agriculture

These Goa-based “permaculture” farmers refuse to sell their crops

<i>Image: Shilarna Vaze</i><p>I first met Peter Fernandes in Goa when I was on a desperate hunt for morning glory stems that I needed for a dinner in Mumbai. …

Permaculture

How a climate-friendly flour company built a flourishing market

Shepherd’s Grain sells not only high-quality flour made from wheat grown with no-till practices. It also sells the story of no-till, a farming method …

Environmentalism

Mexican retaliation could hurt corn farmers

Mexico is upping the ante in its escalating war of words with President Donald Trump over trade policy by aiming squarely at the nation’s midsection: the corn belt.<p>And that’s making U.S. corn farmers nervous.<p>In response to Trump’s threats of a border tax, Mexican Senator Armando Rios Piter said …

NAFTA

Latino laborers fear deportation, but officials tell California farmers not to fret

Trump’s immigration policies threaten to scatter farm labourers and could disrupt America’s supply of fruit and vegetables – but not everyone is concerned<p>You can see strawberry fields seemingly forever, details big and small – a rutted path, an orange tractor, a labourer’s checkered blue shirt – …

Immigration

3 Indirect Plays In The Growing Marijuana Market

The marijuana industry and their growth prospects are hard to ignore.<p>The current political landscape benefits recreational marijuana.<p>Three companies …

Marijuana

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste

<b>Almost 20% of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests.</b><p>It says the world consumes about 10% more food than it needs, while almost 9% is thrown away or left to spoil.<p>Edinburgh scientists say efforts to reduce the billions of tonnes lost could …

Food Security

Trump Backing for Bayer's Monsanto Deal Buoys Investors

FRANKFURT—Investors in Bayer AG have taken heart from President Donald Trump’s apparent support for the German pharmaceuticals and chemicals firm’s planned $57 billion takeover of U.S. seed giant Monsanto Co. and are cautiously optimistic the deal will pass regulatory muster.<p>Bayer, which reports …

21st Century

Tokyo Olympics Pose Challenge for Japanese Farmers

With the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Games less than four years away, Japanese farmers are being urged to make every effort to win a certificate under Global Good Agricultural Practices, an internationally influential farm certification scheme for sustainable production process management …

Farming

Industry is tackling one of the biggest contributors to food waste — confusing expiration labels

Industry is tackling one of the biggest contributors to food waste — confusing expiration labels<p>Two big groups have agreed to overhaul expiration …

Food Security

Tour The Very First Nic’s Organic Fast Food in Chicago’s Suburbs

It’s the area’s first organic fast-food chain<p>Chicago’s suburbs have famously already seen the launch of one fast-food giant thanks to Ray Kroc and McDonald’s in Des Plaines. The very first <b>Nic’s Organic Fast Food</b> opens sometime this month in Rolling Meadows and their ownership team hopes the debut …

Black Market

Dangote Group launches rice outgrower scheme

Dangote Rice, a subsidiary of Dangote Group, launched last week in Sokoto. The rice outgrower scheme currently comprises of plans to build a …

Nigeria

Drones are what's next for plant breeders

Crop breeders grow thousands of potential varieties at a time; until now, observations of key traits were made by hand. In a new study, unmanned …

Drones

Is this spherical vertical garden the future of urban farming?

“Space10 wants to change the way we look at what’s on our plates <i>now</i> in preparation for what will potentially appear on our plates in the years to …

Urban Agriculture

Onion farmers get another train to transport bumper crop

Mumbai, Feb 20:<p>Railways have stepped in to quickly transport the bumper harvest of the famed red Nashik onions by operating an additional freight …

Farming

The Challenges for Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture

<i>Editor’s Note:</i> <i>Joseph Byrum is senior R&D and strategic marketing executive in Life Sciences – Global Product Development, Innovation, and Delivery at</i> …

Machine Learning

Stop eating maize, it's stock feed: First Lady

By Bernard Chiketo<p><b>President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, has said Zimbabweans must stop eating maize — the country’s staple food — claiming the grain</b> …

Food Security

[Herald Interview] Chef dreams of sustainable food ecosystem

America’s dinner table has been quintessentially defined by the corn-fed, seven-ounce steak, served with steamed baby carrots.<p>While the dish may be …

Restaurants

How Food Looks Before It’s Harvested

From bananas and sesame seeds to cashew nuts and kiwi fruits, these pictures of natural produce prior to being harvested are sure to make you think …

Nutrition

Robert's family's legacy casts long shadow on Tyler County

A chicken was walking around taking advantage of the warm weather recently at Sarah Midcap's farm along W.Va. 18.<p>At a knock, the longtime Tyler …

Farming

In Madagascar, mothers weep and send their children to bed without water to drink

Tiny wooden houses are scattered across the harsh gray sand of Kobokara hamlet in southern Madagascar. A woman squats in one of them, looking out her low door. Her small stick house is bare, but for a blanket, a mosquito net and a homemade straw mat.<p>Her words settle in a sigh: “I have nothing left.”<p>…

World Food Program

Famine declared in South Sudan

‘Man-made’ food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the country<p>Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation.<p>A further 1 …

Food Security

Brazilian coffee farmers brace for first ever bean imports

It has been a tough few years for Rodrigo Rigo, a coffee grower in the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo, just north of Rio de Janeiro.<p>Hit by three …

Coffee

Montana considers seed regulation bill

The Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation committee passed the bill on Feb. 14 by a 7-4 vote.<p>Representatives from the Montana Farm Bureau …

Government

How to surf the organic food boom on the cheap

Sales for pesticide-free produce are flourishing, with Aldi and Lidl getting in on the trend. Here’s how to stock up on inexpensive chocolate and budget peanut butter<p>So much for the view that organic food is just a navel-gazing lifestyle preoccupation for the neurotic rich. The latest UK market …

Lifestyle

Scientist inspires girls in Africa to embrace agriculture careers

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>HARARE, Zimbabwe (CIMMYT) - Little did …

Education

Young shoppers drive organic food sales to a ten-year high

Demand for organic food is at its highest in more than a decade thanks to a surge in young shoppers coming into the market, according to traders.<p>Sales in organic products have increased by seven per cent in the past year, compared to a 12.5 per cent drop in 2008, and Tesco has recorded 15 per cent …

Organic Food

Quebec Maple farmers face steep foreign competition, internal revolt

Quebec, the world’s largest producer of maple syrup, is ramping up output as it fends off rising competition from the U.S. and neighbouring provinces …

Canada

Solar-Powered Robot Farmers Are Almost Ready to Start Working the Land - Motherboard

So it looks like we're going to live to see the rise of the autonomous robot farmer after all. Or at least, the robot farmhand. There are plenty of promising agricultural automatons in the works, after all: We've got mechanized hydroponic factory farmers, self-propelling farmballs, and, now, …

Robots

Bee decline threatens US crop production

The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands—from California's Central Valley …

Bees

Farming Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese-Americans Remember WWII Incarceration

At 98, Riichi Fuwa doesn't remember his Social Security number, but he remembers this: "19949. That was my number the government gave me," he said. "19949. You were more number than name."<p>That was the number that Fuwa was assigned when he was 24 years old, soon after he was forced off his family's …

Social Studies