Agriculture

Syngenta settles tens of thousands of lawsuits over rollout of genetically modified corn seed

MINNEAPOLIS – Syngenta settles tens of thousands of lawsuits over rollout of genetically modified corn seed.

Organisms

Chips, chocolate and coffee – our food crops face mass extinction too

It’s not just animals, many seed crops are also endangered. So why is agrobiodiversity so overlooked? This valuable source of affordable, nutritious food could disappear if we don’t act<p>• Read more: Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies<p>A “sixth mass extinction” is …

Environment

China Unleashes Its Farmers

Six years ago, Sun Zeshun was toiling on his farm in China’s coastal province of Jiangsu growing rice and wheat, earning about 19,800 yuan ($3,000) …

Business

Post office workers grow vegetables, breed chickens on Paris rooftop "farm"

PARIS (Reuters) - An urban agriculture initiative to make Paris more environmentally sustainable, mainly through farming on the capital’s rooftops, has been such a success that the mayor is unveiling a new round of projects this week.<p>Rooftop farming has boomed in the past years from New York to …

Farming

Mass extinction could take food off the table

While there has been much recent focus on mass species extinction, a new report shows food staples like coffee and cholcolate could also be under …

Farming

This Man In Canada's Far North Found A Way to Extend The Growing Season

It only takes a day or two to build this genius device that could help increase food security in the remote Yukon<p>When all was said and done, the …

Arctic Circle

Walmart and Nestle are spearheading a massive change in food expiration dates

When you pick up a box of cereal or a carton of eggs, it might say any one of these: "Sell by," "Display until," "Best before," or "Use by."<p>The actual expiration date — when the food is no longer safe to eat — is often difficult to figure out.<p>To clear that up, 50 of the world’s biggest food and …

Science

Syngenta Seeks to Settle GMO Corn Cases

Syngenta AG said it would settle thousands of lawsuits from U.S. farmers who alleged the Swiss agricultural giant's launch of genetically engineered corn seeds cost them money.<p>Syngenta introduced a new variety of pest-resistant corn, called Agrisure Viptera, in 2011. The strain hadn't been approved …

United States

Alaska: The Last Frontier of Farming

09/26/2017 · by carylsue · in Classroom Ideas, Current Event Connection, geography, Geography In the News, Main. ·<p><b>UNITED STATES</b><p>As cheaper technology and a changing climate make growing food easier, more Alaskans are turning to farming. (High Country News)<p>When is Alaska’s growing season?<p><i>Teachers,</i> …

Farming

Florida's Orange Industry, Symbol of a State, Is Dying

Florida is synonymous with oranges. They’re on the state license plate. At the product’s heyday in 1977, the state boasted 53 orange juice processing plants. Today, beset by bacteria, hurricanes and international competition, there are seven.<p>A disease called “citrus greening” is pushing Florida’s …

Business

Portland's Cash-Free Bartering: From Urban Farm Collectives to Coffee Perks

Discovering how the Oregon city's citizens have embraced an alternative lifestyle of sharing<p>Portlanders have embraced a movement of cashless commerce …

Culture

Reuters: Syngenta to pay ~$1.5B in corn settlement

Syngenta (SYT) agrees to pay nearly $1.5B to resolve lawsuits stemming from its decision to commercialize a genetically modified strain of corn …

Business

How One GMO Nearly Took Down the Planet

The story of <i>Klebsiella planticola</i> is a cautionary tale of the impact of genetically modified organisms. (Image: Pixabay)<p>On Friday, President Obama …

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Demystifying crop circles makes them no less amazing

If you're looking for theories about UFOs and extraterrestrial life, you've come to the wrong place. Because though it's fun to believe in the …

Gardening

Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta: How this sprawling Mexican holiday resort is trying to feed its 3,000 guests sustainably

Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Resort, just north of Puerto Vallarta on the west side of Mexico, is a sprawling vista of lush riverbeds peppered with …

Farming

Illegal use of Fipronil insecticide by illiterate farmers in India poses a threat to health, environment

All over Europe eggs have been found to be contaminated by a dangerous pesticide called Fipronil. The eggs originated from poultry farms in Holland. …

Agriculture (India)

Urban farming startup raises $2m to curb Singapore’s reliance on imported food

Packet Greens, a Singapore-based startup which couples hydroponics technology with automation to make urban farming more efficient, has raised US$2 …

Farming

Open Source Plan for a Modular Urban Gardening Structure Offers a Flexible Design for Locally Grown Food

As a response to the fast-paced city life, GrowMore is an urban gardening modular design with endless configurations to suit even the most unexpected …

Farming

Organic Milk is the Gateway to All Organic Food Buying

Once you buy organic milk, you don't go back, a new study shows<p>Once you go organic milk, you don't go back. At least, that's the finding of a study …

Liam Fox's 'Madhouse' Brexit Plan Will See UK Flooded With Low-Standard Food, Farming Union Warns

“It’s a myth. There is no free trade in food in the world.”<p>Liam Fox’s “madhouse” claims of a free trade boom after Brexit will lead to the UK flooded …

Brexit

With the help of a new light mask, dairy cows can boost production

UCD spinout Equilume might be best known for its equine technology, but now the company is using its photonic technology with bovines, too.<p>Having …

Farming

Ireland Tops U.S. as the Country Best Able to Feed Its People

By Alan BjergaAlan Bjerga, Cindy HoffmanCindy Hoffman and Cedric SamCedric Sam<p>The U.S. for the first time dropped from the top spot in a global …

Business

Soybean and corn harvests get underway in South Dakota

The soybean and corn harvests are underway in South Dakota, though less than half of both crops are rated in good to excellent condition after a …

Business

Hurricane Maria Has Wiped-Out Puerto Rico’s Entire Agriculture

Puerto Rico, a small island nation in the Caribbean region faced devastating results from Hurricane Maria, which has almost destroyed entire agrarian …

Hurricane Maria

How Cashew Apple Juice Became Africa's New Power Drink

Cashews are Africa’s most beloved cash crop — well, after cocoa — but they leave a trail of heartbreak too. The continent produces 57 percent of the …

Culture

Dairy farmers: Uh-uh, we didn't abuse supply management

U.S. dairy lobbyists say supply management itself is in their cross hairs after Canadian farmers move to squeeze out imports of a milk component. But …

Business (Canada)

Farmers (and crops) without borders is the future of food

Dr. Anfu Hou is a leading plant breeder. He works at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Research and Development Centre in Morden, Man.<p>Hou was born …

Canadian News

New index to help investors gauge food diversity

LONDON (Reuters) - An EU-funded index measuring biodiversity in food production is expected to be launched next year, giving investors a benchmark for assessing how companies and governments are making food systems more resilient to climate change.<p>Investing in food species such as drought-tolerant …

Alberta teen crushed by tractor in farming accident near Hanna

17-year-old male died after machine rolled down an embankment and landed on top of him, RCMP say<p>A teenager was killed in a farming accident near …

Farming

The Teller of 10,000 Stories - Colleen Bradford Krantz #167

Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes and <i>Market to Market</i> producer Colleen Bradford Krantz is our teller of that many stories. The two …