farming

Avocados, Mexico, Chile, Peru, deforestation, Greenpeace, Leon Kaye, farming

Surge in Demand for Avocados Fuels Deforestation in Mexico

The growing demand for avocados has led produce brokers and retailers to look beyond California as a place to cultivate this savory and…
Desalination, water technology, farming, Leon Kaye, Israel, drought, Middle East, climate change, San Joaquin Valley, San Diego, Netafim

Israel, the Water Superpower

With advances in desalination, irrigation and water recycling, Israel has become the global water superpower.
The use of clean technology in agriculture -- like this solar-powered farm in southern Germany -- is now on the rise in the U.S.

Will Agriculture Become Self-Sustaining with Solar?

Solar power is leading the way into the 21st century, saving farmers money, boosting small operations and reducing carbon footprints.
Marijuana, cannabis, Michael Sutton, farming, leon kaye, carbon footprint, water, AUMA

The Sustainable Business Case for Cannabis Legalization

Tomorrow evening, June 14 at 6:30 p.m., at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Michael Sutton will lead a discussion on whether Californians…
Organic, farming, USDA, Leon Kaye, San Joaquin Valley, supply chain

The Shrinking Price-Gap Between Organics and Conventional Food

Overall, organics are still far more expensive than conventionally-produced foods, but the gap is narrowing, according to data from the USDA.
GMOs, GMO, farming, Royal Society, Leon Kaye, United Kingdom, climate change, Monsanto

The Royal Society Launches GMO Guide for U.K. Consumers

The Royal Society, which for 356 years has covered everything from farming to ethics to climate change, explored what it says are the…
Monsanto, Bayer, soy, GMOs, farming, investors, Leon Kaye, India, Argentina

Monsanto Says ‘No’ to Bayer, But Still Faces Long-Term Struggles

After mulling Bayer’s takeover bid, Monsanto rejected the acquisition offer yesterday as being “incomplete and financially inadequate,” but said it would leave the…
Organic, organic farming, farming, Kashi, Leon Kaye, Kelloggs, supply chain, wheat

Kashi Launches Transitional Ag Protocol to Boost Organic Farming

This week, Kashi announced a “certified transitional” standard to recognize “organics in training" in order to help farmers financially as they switch from…
Nestle, water crisis, California, farming, Wikileaks, water scarcity, Leon Kaye

Nestlé: If the World Ate Like Americans, It Would Have Run Dry 16 Years Ago

Leaked documents reveal that Nestlé had the opportunity to get ahead of the curve and start a global conversation on water consumption. Instead,…
Beef, livestock, farming, sustainable beef, Ruaraidh Petre, global roundtable for sustainable beef, sustainable beef, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Leon Kaye

The Global Effort to Make Beef More Sustainable

Oft maligned for its hefty environmental impact, the beef industry is finally taking notice of the shifting marketplace. Companies across the value chain…
Nespresso, coffee pods, South Sudan, USAID, fair trade, Leon Kaye, coffee

Hope for South Sudan’s Coffee Farmers with Nespresso-USAID Partnership

USAID is teaming up with coffee pod giant Nespresso and the NGO TechnoServe to revitalize South Sudan's coffee industry. The three organizations will…
Solar, wind power, renewables, clean energy, Leon Kaye, North Carolina, farming, Fresno, San Joaquin Valley

Farmers Quit Corn; Grow Solar Power

The controversy over farmers having the right to sign contract with solar and wind power companies is now taking center stage in North…
Dole, Chiquita, Costa Rica, Leon Kaye, pineapples, farming, UNDP

Costa Rica’s Pineapple Industry Promises to Become More Responsible

The Costa Rican government says it is now serious about taking on the social and environmental concerns that have swirled around its pineapple…
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Breaking Down Barriers for Local Food

With local farmers garnering celebrity status its important to not lose sight of the fact that farming is hard and wrought with challenges.…
Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, farming, phosphorus, fertilizer, agriculture, Leon Kaye, animal bones

Ethiopia Looks to Animal Bones to Ensure Food Security

Researchers believe they have found a solution for Ethiopia’s depleted and acidic soil, and the answer is animal bones.