James Rebanks: There are no winners in American farming

In an excerpt from his new book, the British farmer explores what he calls "the devastation industrialized agriculture has wrought on our landscapes and foodscapes," and argues that "the global challenge of how we live sustainably on this planet is really a local challenge."
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Excess fertilizer causes a new challenge: Low crop yields during drought

New research suggests that farmers who over-fertilize grassland crops like corn and wheat could face significant problems in dry conditions.

Jesse Frost wants to help produce farmers stop tilling their soil

The farmer and author of 'The Living Soil Handbook' talks about reducing labor, repairing ecosystems, and boosting photosynthesis by cutting out tillage on produce farms.

On Pine Ridge Reservation, a garden helps replace an 80-mile grocery trip

For the past six years, a garden program has taught residents of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation how to build financial independence and food security through gardening.

Farmer co-ops are giving Latinx communities room to grow

In addition to building economic security, small-scale cooperative farms in North Carolina are strengthening community and a sense of home-grown pride.

Farmers will soon have the right to repair their tractors

A new federal executive order seeks to break up ag monopolies by making it easier for farmers to fix their own equipment.

A farmer-owned local food app stands out from the venture capital-backed crowd

Created by a cooperative of young producers, GrownBy allows farmers to sell locally, without paying hefty fees to a Silicon Valley-backed middleman.

How gleaning could reshape the farm economy

A Vermont nonprofit is connecting independent farms with buyers and distributors, reducing food surplus and working to eliminate food insecurity.

Connecting ranchers with land stewards could be key to less disastrous wildfires

In California and across the drought-parched West, programs are springing up to help goats, sheep, and cattle eat down the plants that would otherwise become fuel for wildfires.

Dr. Robert Bullard: 'We don't have 40 years' to fight for climate justice

The 'father of environmental justice' discusses the legacy of his work, how systemic racism in agriculture is tied to the larger injustices faced by Black and brown communities, and what brings him hope in this moment.

The food system's carbon footprint has been vastly underestimated

A new analysis pins one-third of global greenhouse gases on the food system by including long-overlooked factors such as transportation, packaging, and waste.

Can land conservation and dual-use solar on farms coexist?

Massachusetts is one of the national leaders in renewable energy, but conservationists worry that a push to expand solar on farms will lead to cutting down forests and paving over cropland.

Dana Honn: New Orleans chefs can help the Gulf Coast brace for extreme weather

A new project is underway to rebuild Louisiana’s Gulf wetlands and protect residents and ecosystems. Chef Dana Honn says it will require willingness to adapt on the part of local chefs and fishers.

Earl Blumenauer wants to ban bee-killing pesticides. Is Congress listening?

The Oregon Democrat just reintroduced the Saving America’s Pollinators Act, which could put a new spotlight on the crisis facing pollinators.

Renegade biologist Alexandra Morton is fighting for the future of wild salmon

‘It's not a great measure of our democracy when occupying a fish farm is what you need to do to make change.’
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