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Florida’s Farmers Look At Irma’s Damage: ‘Probably The Worst We’ve Seen’

  The effects of Irma on agriculture… When the worst of Irma’s fury had passed, Gene McAvoy hit the road to inspect citrus groves and vegetable fields. McAvoy is a specialist on vegetable farming at the University of Florida’s extension office in the town of LaBelle, in the middle of one of the country’s biggest concentrations of […]

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For New England Farmers Looking To Make Ends Meet, The Sun Provides A Harvest

  Making the transition from agriculture to solar farming… As Kevin Sullivan slowly rumbles his pickup truck across his 60-acre farm near the Connecticut-Massachusetts border, he leans in and asks: “What’s farmland?” “You picture [a] cow,” says Sullivan. Perhaps “Farmer Joe, like me.” Maybe you think about my tomatoes and peppers, he adds. But now, Sullivan […]

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Does ‘Sustainability’ Help The Environment Or Just Agriculture’s Public Image?

  On the impacts of Land O’Lakes’ SUSTAIN program… Brent Deppe is taking me on a tour of the farm supply business, called Key Cooperative, that he helps to manage in Grinnell, Iowa. We step though the back door of one warehouse, and our view of the sky is blocked by a gigantic round storage tank, […]

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Quinoa: Harvesting Bolivia’s ‘Superfood’

The story behind your quinoa salad…. A staple food in the diet of millions throughout the Andean states, quinoa has 36 percent more protein and 73 percent more fiber than wheat. Its protein content covers all eight essential amino acids and it has high levels of iron, magnesium and zinc, as well as B vitamins […]

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For Farmers Without Land, a Long Island Lawn Will Do

Turning front lawns into farms…. Jim Adams met his wife on a trip to Uganda a decade ago. Rosette Basiima Adams, 35, grew up in Kasese, a town, she said, where “everything we ate, we grew.” “I went to see the gorillas in the Congo,” Mr. Adams, 42, recalled recently. But he left his tour […]

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Feeding The Virgins

  A potential solution to the Virgin Islands’ susceptibility to food shortages… In the US Virgin Islands (USVI), dense green vegetation and turquoise waters suggest a land of plenty, where the tropical sun allows crops to grow year round. But the verdant landscape belies a simple truth: food shortage is a constant threat. According to […]

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Maize, Rice, Wheat: Alarm At Rising Climate Risk To Vital Crops

  Our global dependency on a few crops could be problematic… Governments may be seriously underestimating the risks of crop disasters occurring in major farming regions around the world, a study by British researchers has found. The newly published research, by Met Office scientists, used advanced climate modelling to show that extreme weather events could […]

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Why Is China Snatching Up Australian Farmland?

  On Chinese investment in Australian agriculture… At the wine tasting room of Taylors Wines in Sydney, Australia, bottles are uncorked, poured, swished, sniffed and sipped. There’s a lot for employees to toast this year. “The Australian wine sector is growing at a fast rate,” says Mitchell Taylor, the winery’s managing director. “And what is […]

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Why did hunter-gatherers first begin farming?

The origins of farming… The beginnings of agriculture changed human history and has fascinated scientists for centuries. Researchers from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Sheffield have shed light on how hunter-gatherers first began farming and how crops were domesticated to depend on humans. Domesticated crops have been transformed almost beyond […]

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Many Of California’s Salmon Populations Unlikely To Survive The Century

  Further impacts of climate change and industrialized agriculture… Wild Chinook salmon, probably the most prized seafood item on the West Coast, could all but vanish from California within a hundred years, according to a report released Tuesday. The authors, with the University of California, Davis, and the conservation group California Trout, name climate change, […]

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