1) Small Organic Farmers Can Cool the World
Transitioning the world’s farmlands, pasture, and rangelands to organic production and restoring soil fertility will make a huge contribution to resolving the rapidly escalating climate crisis.
2) California’s Food Banks Go Locavore
Since 2005, the California Association of Food Banks has struck deals with farms and packers across the state to collect truckloads of fruits and vegetables that are too small, ripe or misshapen for supermarkets to sell.
3) Why Ethanol Production Boosts E.Coli in Cattle
Cattle fed a diet of distillers grain — the residue left over after the starch has been removed from corn for ethanol production — have significantly higher levels of the deadly pathogen e-coli O157:H7 in their feces than cows fed regular grains.
4) Justice Department Probe Could Expose Monsanto Seed Monopoly
There are four seed companies that control 75 percent of the marketplace and four packers on the livestock side of things. The US Department of Justice will be investigating concerns about concentration and the resulting lack of competition in the industry. Will they crack the Monsanto seed monopoly?
5) Where They Grow Our Junk Food
A bushel of corn produces some 440 two-ounce bags of 99-cent chips. Farmer grosses $3.70 for the bushel of corn, Doritos more than $440.