Does overselling regenerative ag's climate benefits undercut its potential?

A new white paper from the Rodale Institute and the Carbon Underground says that regenerative practices, if adopted around the world, could sequester all annual carbon dioxide emissions. Critics warn the scientific data doesn't support these claims.

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Cultivating sacred grains for the bread of life

How an agricultural chaplain is seeking to revive the ancient tradition of grain cultivation and heirloom wheat for churches and communities.

Neftalí Durán is using Indigenous wisdom to educate eaters and address inequity

The food activist and co-founder of the I-Collective sees the work of his elders as the foundation for promoting economic, racial, and environmental justice.

Are carbon markets for farmers worth the hype?

Private markets promise farmers monetization of a secondary crop: carbon stored in the soil. But questions loom about data ownership, consolidation, and increased pollution in communities of color.

Ranchers form co-op to address meat processing bottleneck

Facing an absence of local slaughterhouses, the Bay Area Ranchers Cooperative is creating an alternative approach—one that will benefit their animals and communities.

New soil documentary promises a powerful solution to the growing effects of climate change

The makers of 'Kiss the Ground' explain how our actions to improve soil and food in the next 20 years will shape a thousand years of human civilization.

How a South Carolina farmer is adapting an heirloom rice to withstand climate change

Rollen Chalmers is the ‘quiet force’ behind a renewed interest in heirloom rice while contending with encroaching saltwater, invasive weeds—and alligators.

For small farms surviving the pandemic, co-ops are a lifeline

When their buyers closed up shop, some farmers created new opportunities by collaborating with their neighbors.

The People’s Agroecology Process brings a global lens to US food justice

Farmers from across the Americas are working together to envision a new food system based on food sovereignty and political justice.

Kristina Hubbard, Cathleen McClusky: How patents threaten small seed companies

The use of wide-ranging utility patents by a few powerful multinational corporations could make it harder for small companies to breed future crops.

Edible education goes online in the COVID era

As the school year starts in the most of uncertain of times, these food and garden classes enter new virtual territory.

Iowa farmers face climate-fueled destructions, while the industry says it's 'just weather'

Flooding, drought, and a derecho storm have recently upended Iowa’s farms, but the Iowa Farm Bureau and the USDA are actively pushing back on the climate narrative.

Marion Nestle imagines an 'enlightened' approach to national food policy

In her latest book, ‘Let’s Ask Marion,’ Nestle answers all your burning food policy questions—and makes a case for a singular national food policy agency.

A battle over mandatory farmworker testing reveals a broken system

Michigan just instituted the most far-reaching protections for farmworkers, but some farmers went to court to scrap them.

New support for refugee farmers hard hit by pandemic

Farming serves as a lifeline for refugees facing significant cultural, economic, and health-related barriers. These groups are working to support their livelihoods.
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Our plastic planet

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Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

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