Journalist Gabriel Thompson collected the stories of 17 farmworkers who share the day-to-day struggles of life in the fields. Civil Eats.
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Eastern and southern Africa were hit hard last year by drought exacerbated by El Niño that wilted crops, slowed economic growth and drove food prices higher. Reuters.
Newly released government email communications show a persistent effort by multiple officials within the Environmental Protection Agency to slow a separate federal agency’s safety review of Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide. HuffPost.
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As California moves forward with glyphosate listing, debate over warning labels, exposure limits continue. Environmental Health News.
It’s been 34 years since Monsanto Co. presented U.S. regulators with a seemingly routine study analyzing the effects the company’s best-selling herbicide might have on rodents. Now, that study is once again under the microscope. Environmental Health News.
After the European Parliament obtains the release of Monsanto's data, a very different picture emerges about the safety of its product. Environmental Health News.
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The egg contamination crisis exposes a problem caused by a combination of government laxity and the lack of professional ethics on the part of farmers. A bigger cause for concern is that the egg industry might not be the only one with such a problem. more…
Programs provide easier access to fresh, healthful foods to low-income neighbors. Yes! Magazine.
"I can take my children to school, cook balanced meals for my family and I have gained recognition in my community" Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo has soared in the last year, leaving 7.7 million people in urgent need of food aid and pushing the country closer to famine than it has been in a decade, food security experts said on Monday. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Faced with climate change, uncertain markets and government policies they see as unhelpful, many of Malawi's farmers feel ill-equipped to decide how much of which crop to plant and when. Reuters.
Venezuelan homemaker Carmen Rondon lives in the country with the world's largest oil reserves, but has spent weeks cooking with firewood due to a chronic shortage of home cooking gas - leaving her hoarse from breathing smoke. Reuters.
Cities and villages are an organic whole. Both must be developed sustainably to support each other. more…
When a company claims its products are safe, journalists are rightly skeptical. Why do alarmist claims from environmental groups get a free pass? more…
The Center for Ecoliteracy has developed a new tool to help kids understand where their food comes from. Civil Eats.
Financial services firms are increasingly directing investor dollars into regenerative agriculture and other systemic food projects. Civil Eats.
Farming communities had thousands of violations of nitrate contamination over the last 10 years. Farmers are trying to contain the issue, but a lack of regulation hinders progress. News21.
Farmers in Victoria and South Australia are taking part in a world-first carbon capture scheme to generate a new source of income. ABC News Online, Australia.
This cool technique can rescue sea creatures and soil—so why aren’t more farmers using it? Mother Jones.
Over the past year herders in Kenya's Rift Valley have lost thousands of animals to worsening drought and erratic rainfall. This is causing a growing number of them to switch to farming as a way to supplement their income. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Researchers have identified biochar - agricultural waste repurposed as nutrient-rich cover for crops - as a way to slash agricultural emissions of nitric oxide, a powerful greenhouse gas. Anthropocene Magazine.
Solutions and Good News
City-backed projects and grassroots gardens are collaborating on the city’s Zero Waste composting goal. New York City Limits.
With pesticides and other factors still stressing bees, the overall increase is largely the result of constant replenishment of losses, the study showed. Bloomberg News.
Fresh Truck’s mobile market in Boston fills prescriptions for fresh foods. Civil Eats.
Good career opportunity, plus a chance to do good, attracts trainees. Chesapeake Bay Journal, Pennsylvania.
A recovery from near total collapse has led North Sea cod stocks to be labelled as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council for the first time in 20 years. The Guardian.
The Guardian robot collects lionfish so we can eat them—before they destroy ecosystems by chowing down on all the local fish. Fast Company.
EPA helps supermarkets switch to refrigerants that save money and lessen global warming. ClimateWire.
With an estimated 77.8 million dogs and 85.6 million cats as of 2015, the US has the most pet cats and dogs of any country on Earth — and the meat-based diets of those pets have considerable consequences. Mongabay.
Plant scientists dispute claims by the herbicide’s manufacturers that new formulations can be used safely. Chemical & Engineering News.
A farmworker family profiled in 'Chasing the Harvest'—Maria Ayala Arroyo, Pedro Ayala Hernandez, and Guadalupe Ayala Arroyo—shares their story. Civil Eats.
Farmers and food processors receive a briefing on FDA requirements that food be kept clear of undeclared allergens. North Carolina Health News, North Carolina.
Alaska is taking significant bets on do-gooder buyers — and the results could be telling for the nation. OZY.
Consumer concerns about eggs contaminated with insecticides persisted Friday, as the government announced the results of its inspections on all large-scale egg farms. Korea Herald, South Korea.
Supermarkets selling out-of-date produce and apps that identify food at risk of being binned are part of an ambitious plan to slash the nation’s food waste. The Guardian.
A project in northern Kenya aims to make refugees self-reliant through farming, while helping them integrate with the local community. Thomson Reuters Foundation.
"When my father was my age, maybe the rains were much more predictable. Now only a fool will bet on the rains" Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Some queen bumblebees exposed to a common insecticide may never lay eggs or start colonies, which would lead to their extinction, researchers say. CBC Canada.