agriculture

What Debt in Chicken Farming Says About American Agriculture

History has proven many times that carrying large amounts of debt in a fluctuating market creates a dangerous situation. But the production contract model used that is spreading globally in chicken and livestock farming is a sign that agriculture itself is changing, shifting farmers into an increasingly debt-dependent scenario.

New Maps Reveal Factory Farm Filth in North Carolina

Waterkeeper and Environmental Working Group just released a new report that maps the location of over 6,500 CAFOs and their waste lagoons in North Carolina. Astonishingly, the maps illustrate how numerous counties in the state have been overrun by factory farming.

Define the ''Natural'' Label or Send it Packing

A new report of consumer survey results by Consumer Reports gives more evidence that the public is confused about the "natural" label. A coalition led by Consumers Union is urging the FDA to remove the label from foods, or to change its meaning because it's misleading shoppers.

Meet the Couple Running the Only All-Organic Farmers' Market in New York State

While on a morning walk, Patti and Doug Wood came up with the idea for a farmers' market in their hometown of Port Washington, situated on the north shore of Long Island. And not just any farmers' market! The market they eventually created is 100 percent organic - the only all-organic farmers' market in New York State.

Resilience in Our Food System? It Might be Closer Than You Think

Big Ag's answer to climate change is GMOs, more centralized systems - and irrigation, irrigation, irrigation. We think the answer to building resilience in our food system might be a little closer to home, with innovative agricultural systems like rooftop farming and aquaponics.

Sustainable Chocolate Company Helps Cocoa Farmers, One Delicious Bar at a Time

Are there any companies out there making delicious chocolate the right way, without hurting people or the planet? Thankfully, there are. To learn more about the bright side of the chocolate industry, we reached out to sustainable chocolate pioneer Pierrick Chouard of Vintage Plantations whose artisanal chocolate was developed to help protect small farmers and the environment.

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