Agriculture

The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia's Iconic Peach

During peach season, Georgia's roads are dotted with farm stands selling fresh peaches. Year-round, tourist traps sell mugs, hats, shirts and even snow globes with peaches on them. At the beginning of the Georgia peach boom, one of Atlanta's major roads was renamed Peachtree Street. But despite its …

Culture

As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots

Driscoll’s is so secretive about its robotic strawberry picker it won’t let photographers within telephoto range of it.<p>But if you do get a peek, you won’t see anything humanoid or space-aged. AgroBot is still more John Deere than C-3PO — a boxy contraption moving in fits and starts, with its …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Mounties helping B.C. livestock displaced by fires

Thousands of people have been displaced by wildfires in British Columbia, but the flames have also forced livestock left behind to flee beyond their …

Livestock

Montreal supermarket is Canada's first to grow produce on its own rooftop garden

When the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent began pushing for green roofs, a supermarket wondered if it could do regulations one better. Fast-forward …

Farming

How a war provided the soundtrack for subversive Afrikaans rock

Rock music against military conscription during 1980s South Africa resonated with wider fault lines in Afrikaner society.<p>In 1967, military …

South Africa

Here's How to Boycott Organic Imposters

By Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins<p>A recent series of articles by a Washington Post reporter could have some consumers questioning the value of the …

Agriculture ministers reach five-year, $3-billion deal to boost farm sector

Agriculture ministers signed a $3-billion partnership with Ottawa aimed at strengthening the industry and developing new markets as federal officials prepare for looming trade talks with the United States.<p>Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said the Canadian Agricultural Partnership is …

Canada

3 Reasons Hampton Creek Wants to Start Selling Animal-Free Meat in 2018 -- The Motley Fool

The vegan mayonnaise maker wants to jump-start a new food tech that could tackle climate change and industrial farming.<p>It hasn't been a completely …

Stocks

Indians working in exploitative conditions on Italian farms are using opium to numb the pain

About 30,000 Indians, mainly Sikhs from Punjab, live in the Pontine Marshes. Most of them work as labourers, for 13 hours a day for a pittance.<p>For …

Thomson Reuters Foundation

North Korea woes intensify amid worst drought since 2001

North Korea is facing its worst drought in more than a decade, adding the threat of a food crisis to the long list of problems affecting the …

North Korea

Britain to link future farm support to environmental benefits

LONDON (Reuters) - Future financial support for British farming would be linked to environmental benefits rather than land ownership, government minister Michael Gove said on Friday.<p>Britain is set to overhaul its farm policy after it leaves the European Union and for the first time in decades the …

Farming

Agriculture ministers reach five-year funding deal

ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. – Canada’s agriculture ministers have finalized a new five-year funding framework for the country’s farm and food sectors.<p>The …

Trump Furthers War on Science With 'Illegal' Nomination of Climate Denier for Top USDA Scientist

As the administration continues to take a "wrecking ball" to science, President Donald Trump on Wednesday officially nominated climate change denier, …

Liberal POV

Czech Republic to Ban Fur Farming

The Senate has passed a bill banning fur farming, starting 2019, pending the endorsement of the country’s president, Milos Zeman.<p><b>FUR CHECK:</b> PETA …

Farming

Is Michael Gove really an environmental reformer?

How right Michael Gove was, in his first speech as Environment Secretary, to promise to put an end to a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which ‘puts resources in the hands of the already-wealthy’. But how bizarre that he then proposed a reform that will continue to do just that.<p>Doing away with CAP …

Michael Gove

At a small Brewster farm, a chance to stay where your food is grown

BREWSTER — The Cape is so desirable that it can be hard to find an affordable place to stay for a few days, and many rental properties require a …

Farming

Brian Minter: Appreciate local food by picking it yourself

In today’s high-density living, especially in urban areas, how many folks have actually picked a fresh fruit from a plant and enjoyed its rich …

Farming

Why Are These USDA Organic Chickens Crammed 3 Per Square Foot With Only "Porch" Access?

Large-scale poultry farms are getting creative when it comes to interpreting USDA Organic guidelines.<p>When you pay extra money for <b>certified organic</b> …

Farming

Land dispute leaves farmer barred from accessing her crops

A Six Nations farmer says she’s caught in the latest chapter of a dispute stretching back more than a decade.<p>At issue are the so-called Burtch lands, …

Farming

CAG picks holes in crop insurance schemes, raps govt for poor project rollout in 2011-16

<b>New Delhi:</b> The CAG has picked several holes in the crop insurance schemes including Narendra Modi government's flagship <i>Pradhan Manti Fasal Bima …

India

Maharashtra Farmers Fear Loss of Kharif Harvest, Blame Met Department

If the Meteorological Department had got their predictions right, farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada say, they wouldn’t have sowed their kharif crops …

India

The Georgia peach may be vanishing, but its mythology is alive and well

This is a tough year for the Georgia peach. In February, growers fretted about warm winter temperatures, which prevented some fruit from developing …

Target's Space-Based Cotton Challenge Aims for Sustainable Farming on Earth

The Target Corporation and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) on Wednesday (July 19) announced the ISS Cotton Sustainability …

Sustainability

Food for thought: Northerners asked to inform national food policy

'We're vulnerable up here! So being able to share those concerns... is important,' says advocate<p>A northern policy group wants Yukoners' voices to be …

Almost A Decade In The Waiting And It Finally Happens - Trump Is Making History

Advertisement - story continues below<p>As the deadline for President Trump’s 100-day plan to open trade talks with China approaches, the U.S. …

Conservative POV

Michael Gove sets out ‘green Brexit’ farming subsidy reform

LONDON — U.K. farmers will have to show they are environmentally friendly to secure subsidies from the government after Brexit, under plans set out …

Farming

Farmers’ Suicide Row: Truth Or A Diabolical Design

During the recent monsoon session of Lok Sabha assembly, minister of agriculture Radha Mohan Singh had informed the house about 11,400 farmers, who …

India

Michael Gove asked me to a meeting to share my expertise. I declined. Instead, I’ve given him a piece of my mind.

A few weeks ago, I was approached by an official at the Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs. She told me the Secretary of State was …

Michael Gove

North Korea facing its worst drought since 2001, UN warns

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea is heading for its worst drought since 2001, the United Nations has warned, raising the possibility of increased food shortages in the rogue state.<p>"More rains are urgently needed to avoid significant decreases in the main 2017 cereal production season," a report by the UN Food …

World Food Program

Michael Gove, ‘Green Brexit’, and what it all means for Britain’s farmers

Michael Gove’s speech this morning on his plan for a ‘Green Brexit’ is one of the first signs of what he is up to in his new role as Defra secretary. It was always a given that he would stir things up, as his is wont, but it remained to be seen whether his Brexit plan would be seen to be a good …

Michael Gove