Posted in Agriculture Columns Labor

Farmers and meatpackers are teaming up

During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs. by Sarah Anderson Wednesday, October 14, 2020 For family farmers like Hans Breitenmoser, the odds of catching…

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Posted in Agriculture Climate change Common Dreams Environment News

‘Regenerative agriculture and the soil carbon solution’: new paper outlines vision for climate action

“Data from farming and grazing studies show the power of exemplary regenerative systems that, if achieved globally, would drawdown more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions,” the new research says. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer…

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Posted in Agriculture Coronavirus Economy Kaiser Health News

Economic blow of the coronavirus hits America’s already stressed farmers

Sandy West May 7, 2020 Richard Oswald, still mourning the loss of his family’s homestead to flooding along the Missouri River, is planting corn and soybeans into ground that last year was feet deep underwater. It’s…

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Posted in Agriculture Analysis Economy Food Public Policy The Revelator

Food waste in the time of COVID-19: The real reason to cry over spilt milk

Let’s focus on the economic systems that allowed such waste to be created in the first place, while causing needless pollution, animal suffering and threats to human health. Essay by Dipika Kadaba, The Revelator April 14,…

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Posted in Agriculture Common Dreams Coronavirus Food News Safety Net

As food banks face shortages and fresh produce rots, pandemic spurs calls for sustainable supply chain

“To truly be resilient, our system must shift to one that relies on small and medium producers and independent, responsible operations.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer   U.S. food pantries have faced unprecedented demand while billions…

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Posted in Agriculture Community Coronavirus Food

How to support your local farmers as restaurants and farmers markets close

As the virus has small, local farms scrambling for income streams, community-supported agriculture (CSA) is one way to support them. By April M. Short April 14 The global outbreak of COVID-19, and the collective effort to…

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Posted in Agriculture News Pesticides Public Policy Toxic Chemicals Water

EPA’s new rules for assessing pesticide risks ignore many harms to endangered species

By Meteor Staff Flagstaff    The Environmental Protection Agency issued revised methods for assessing pesticide risks yesterday that could allow widespread harm to most of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals. The revised methods from…

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