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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The health and climate consequences of the American food system cost three times as much as the food itself

A new report provides a roadmap to creating a post-pandemic food system with greater fairness, fewer adverse climate impacts and better health outcomes.

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.

An illegal gold rush is igniting attacks on Indigenous people in the Amazon

Indigenous communities and isolated tribes in Brazil are under threat as the government moves to legalize mining, logging, and industrial farming.

As massive livestock operations move in, fighting them gets harder for rural neighbors

In recent years, changes in law and regulation have made it easier to build concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in Missouri.

Salad will survive climate change. But at what cost?

In order to maintain American's year-round demand for salad, more growers are looking into moving delicate crops like baby greens indoors.

Dead bees, sick residents from pesticide pollution in Nebraska

The AltEn plant in the village of Mead has made ethanol from corn coated with pesticides for years. The results have been a disaster for residents and nearby farms.

Governor signs off on plan to limit Missouri farm inspections

Opponents said the new law will make it more difficult to police bad actors.

Chicken farming is the 21st century's sharecropping

Vertically integrated poultry companies that own most of the supply chain trap small farmers into debt — until they lose everything.

For farmland conservation, it comes down to who owns it

Conservation practices mean more up-front costs. And while there are some government conservation incentive programs, most of them involve long-term commitments. The vast majority of farmland leases are year-to-year.

Bill Berry: DNR scrutiny needed for giant Crawford County pig operation

"As these facilities continue to grow in size and numbers, it’s time to set some benchmarks."

Beekeepers vs. Mennonites: Two traditional cultures clash in Mexico

Maya beekeepers see their way of life threatened by rapidly growing Mennonite farms.

U.S. Southwest, already parched, sees 'virtual water' drain abroad

As the Colorado River Basin enters yet another year of drought, global companies are worsening the water crisis.

Stench in farm country: How poultry waste has led to uproar

When asked about the stench, neighbors in a rural corner of northeast Georgia tend to mention a single phrase: "The smell of death."

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Measuring Houston’s environmental injustice from space

Satellites show communities of color are far more exposed to pollution in Houston, offering a potential new way to close data gaps and tackle disparities.

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