farming

USDA Offers $25 Million in Conservation Technology Grants

The USDA will offer up to $25 million in grants to develop more tech-driven applications that can help farmers use resources more efficiently…

‘Super Grass’ from Denmark May Reduce Emissions from Cattle

Researchers at a university in Denmark say they are close to developing a variety of grass species that are easier for cattle to…

The Ecological Case for Continued Meat Consumption

Recent studies suggest that including some meat in the diet may actually be the most responsible approach if we are going to feed…

Foreign-Owned Farms Could Cause Instability Across Africa

According to researchers at a Swedish university, foreign companies have already leased about 3 percent of land in Africa, which could have a…

Monsanto: Farming Has a Critical Role in Fighting Climate Change

An ICF study, commissioned by Monsanto, claims that the widespread implementation of sustainable farming practices in the U.S. can prevent more than 100…

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…

Israel, the Water Superpower

With advances in desalination, irrigation and water recycling, Israel has become the global water superpower.

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.

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…

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.

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 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…

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…

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,…

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…