Producing feed for 500 million pigs is no mean feat and China's agricultural sector is already operating at its limits. As a result China has been forced to look abroad for its animal feed, in particular for soya beans
Government policies and spending primarily support industrialized agriculture and the giant farms and corporations that profit from it
You may wonder why President Barack Obama is so intent on passing a free-trade agreement with Colombia. One answer is simple enough: Big Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture no longer serves as a lifeline to millions of struggling homestead farmers. Instead, it is a vast, self-perpetuating postmodern bureaucracy with an amorphous budget of some $130 billion -- a sum far greater than the nation's net farm income this year
Does the American taxpayer have a right to know just who's feeding at the public trough? Not according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (and Secret Subsidies). The department has just announced it's going to stop revealing the names of just who gets all those generous checks compliments of the rest of us
The dramatic growth of emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil; strong crop prices; and the potential for a U.S. economic recovery continue to boost the prices of agricultural equipment manufacturers.
Seeds are quite high in calories because of their natural oils but don't let that dissuade you from enjoying them. Their nutritional value is worth every calorie. A few interesting edible seeds that top the nutrient charts are chia, flax, hemp and pumpkin seeds.
A relative newcomer to the produce scene, microgreens have sprouted into quite the culinary trend. Like many young stars, microgreens got their start in Southern California in the mid 1990s. What began as a few basic microgreen varieties like arugula, basil, beets, and cilantro, has burgeoned into dozens of varieties.
Today's big news stories -- the wars, the eco-disasters -- all seem to have the same gaping hole in them. This hole is lack of awareness, and its thrum, once you begin to hear it, soon becomes deafening: We can't go on like this.
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