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Corporate agriculture is destroying national sovereignty and increasing risk of global starvation

4/7/2015 - According to The Guardian, the United Kingdom's growing population is bound to face food shortages within the next generation. As self-sufficiency is surrendered away to the demands of corporate monoculture, the people not only lose touch with their food but become dependent on a select agricultural...

How animal agriculture impacts the environment

3/13/2015 - Animal farming uses up an enormous amount of arable land, with 45% of the earth's total dry land covered, as it were, in livestock. Eating a plant based diet, or eating meat only occasionally, can help to reduce greenhouse emissions and save our water and forests. We may think it doesn't matter...

Why conventional agriculture should be banned

2/26/2015 - When chemicals were first introduced in farming, everyone marveled at what they could do. Yields were dramatically increased. In the beginning, the soil was so healthy, any damage done by chemical fertilizers was imperceptible, and pests had yet to evolve resistance to the insecticides. Our technologies...

'Peak food' production now a reality as corporate chemical agriculture continues to fall apart

2/20/2015 - The failures of agricultural monocropping are on full display following the release of a new report suggesting that humanity may have reached or even exceeded "peak food" production -- that is, a crest in the overall growth rate of foods produced in some 21 staple categories including eggs, meat and...

Can progressive, cutting-edge organic agriculture feed the world?

1/16/2015 - Change We Can Believe In... In 2007, then presidential candidate Barack Obama promised that if elected he would direct more money for organic agriculture. He also said,"If I am elected president of the United States, I will support legislation that will require the mandatory labeling of genetically...

U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs

1/14/2015 - As his career continues to free fall into total irrelevance, pop star "Bono" of the rock group U2 has announced his support for a U.S.-backed plan to rape and pillage Africa by stealing its land and agricultural systems and replacing them with corporate-owned GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) and...

Industrial agriculture and GMOs are major purveyors of man-made CO2

1/13/2015 3:23:58 PM - If you intentionally burned wood in your fireplace without opening the flue or some windows, your entire house would quickly become engulfed in smoke with nowhere for it to escape. This is akin to the current situation with man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which thanks to industrial...

Biotech smugglers, frustrated with safety regulations, contaminate India's agriculture with GMOs

12/3/2014 - The rush is on to efficiently feed growing populations around the world, and agriculture is currently undergoing drastic changes and shifts across the globe. For some, agricultural production is already collapsing, as crops continuously fail to ward off diseases and keep pests at bay. As the struggle...

Amish farmers pioneer organic agriculture focusing on crop nutrition to boost plant immune systems naturally

10/13/2014 12:57:23 PM - The relationship between plants and man has grown distant in the modern era of chemical treatments. Instead of observing, listening and understanding the language of his crops, man has instead resorted to spraying them with pesticides, suppressing plant immune systems. Spraying plants with chemicals...

The truth you're not being told about the Toledo water crisis in Ohio: Chemical agriculture poisoned the water

8/4/2014 - In case you haven't heard, 500,000 people have been left without drinking water in the city of Toledo, Ohio, and store shelves there have been stripped bare of water. "Residents of Toledo, its suburbs and small areas of southeastern Michigan began lining up for water Saturday after news of the contamination...

U.S. food prices rising 367% faster than inflation; chemical agriculture headed for catastrophic failure

6/17/2014 - Food prices are now skyrocketing across the USA, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Their most recent report (1) reveals that prices of meat, poultry, fish and eggs leaped 7.7 percent over the last year. That's nearly 367% higher than the official 2.1% inflation rate claimed by the federal government....

Conventional agriculture has brought Dust Bowl back to Texas and Oklahoma

6/12/2014 - Conventional commercial agricultural methods which involve poisoning of the soil, monocultural practices, repeated plowing of fields and removal of trees are being blamed for returning "Dust Bowl" conditions across much of the Midwest and Southwest. As noted by The Economic Collapse Blog, early explorers...

Kentucky installs industrial hemp agriculture; more states to follow

5/20/2014 10:51:27 PM - Allowing full-spectrum hemp agriculture would be a boon for mankind and mother Earth. Hemp is one of the easiest plants to cultivate, requiring little or no fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. And beyond the growing awareness and use of marijuana's medical miracles, hemp plants offer a wide range...

GMOs, chemical agriculture release billions of tons of carbon into atmosphere

5/13/2014 - The next time somebody tries to tell you that cow farts, cars or too many people are the impetus behind disastrous changes in the climatic norms of the planet, you may want to point them to a new analysis paper published in Yale University's Yale Environment 360 that unveils two of the actual causes...

Industrial agriculture has reached its 'peak,' say scientists; time for a return to small-scale organics

1/23/2014 - The era of large-scale monoculture, with all of its toxic pesticides and untested genetically modified organisms (GMOs), could finally be coming to an end. Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) discovered recently that yield expansion rates for most major industrial food crops are...

South Dakota Department of Agriculture pushing to make raw milk less accessible to public

10/24/2013 - The corporate food police are back at it again, trying to eliminate consumer access to farm-fresh fare, this time in South Dakota, where the state's agriculture department is pushing hard to pass burdensome new raw milk regulations. The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund reports that the South Dakota...

Agriculture experts sounding the alarm over massive spread of superweeds due to GMOs, glyphosate

9/24/2013 - New monster varieties of weeds are taking over fields across the globe, as the use of ever greater amounts of pesticides to cultivate herbicide-resistant genetically modified crops has unleashed a monster. Experts in weed management are sounding the alarm and looking for new ways to handle the problem...

Attack on raw milk farmers continues in Pennsylvania: Department of Agriculture now filing false claims about contamination

9/3/2013 - Can you hear the jackboots marching in the distance? Some Pennsylvania farmers sure can, as they struggle to maintain their businesses and livelihoods in the face of relentless tyranny being waged against them by the state's Department of Agriculture. A recent newsletter alert explains that Chambersburg,...

Worse than Bush: Obama fills key government positions in agriculture and trade with biotech execs

8/12/2013 - Anyone who still supports the usurper-and-cheat Obama based on his agriculture "policies" has apparently not been paying any attention whatsoever to reality. Contradicting nearly every promise he made on the campaign trail with regards to reforming American agriculture and kicking out the special interests,...

Big Agriculture creating new generation of antibiotic-resistant superbugs

12/12/2012 - A group of Canadian and French scientists have uncovered more evidence that prolific use of antibiotics in animal agriculture is contributing to the development of drug-resistant "superbugs," in a study published in Journal of Environmental Quality and funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Feeding...

Ancient agricultural traditions like seed saving could replace disastrous GMO practices

10/16/2012 - Practically everything we have all been told about the supposed benefits of biotechnology is false, at least as far as its necessity and usefulness in agriculture is concerned. As it turns out, traditional methods of agriculture, which include things like seed saving, seed sharing, selective breeding,...

Five ways small-scale organic farming can save agriculture from America's 'greed for profit' system

9/26/2012 - All around the world, the push to globalize the food supply by consolidating food production into large-scale, corporatized agricultural systems controlled by a select few is causing massive environmental destruction and immense poverty. And the only way to truly turn things around is to return to small-scale,...

'Monsanto Protection Act' to grant biotech industry total immunity over GM crops?

7/15/2012 - While millions of Americans were busy celebrating freedom from tyranny during the recent Independence Day festivities, Monsanto was actively trying to thwart that freedom with new attacks on health freedom. It turns out that the most evil corporation in the world has quietly attached riders to both...

Government tyranny: Illinois Department of Agriculture secretly destroys beekeeper's bees and 15 years of research proving Monsanto's Roundup kills bees

5/20/2012 - An Illinois beekeeper with more than a decade's worth of expertise about how to successfully raise organic, chemical-free bees is the latest victim of flagrant government tyranny. According to the Prairie Advocate, Terrence "Terry" Ingram of Apple River, Ill., owner of Apple Creek Apiaries, recently...

At Disney World's 'Living with the Land' exhibit, teaching children about GMO agriculture is a fun activity for the whole family

5/14/2012 - Biotechnology has made its way to "the happiest place on earth," with an exhibit at Walt Disney World's EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) theme park now featuring genetically-modified (GM) fruits and vegetables, some of which are shaped like Mickey Mouse's head. According to several...

Agriculture cooperatives could end hunger while boosting socio-economic development in impoverished regions

5/5/2012 - Monsanto and Cargill keep rolling on, leading a handful of other mega-corporations toward planetary food and farming control that ensures our demise. Meanwhile, important studies are ignored by our corrupt governments who are heavily influenced and infiltrated by those very same companies. A world-wide...

How To Take Down A Giant Part 6 (Opinion)

11/29/2011 11:22:19 PM - As this movie's plot begins to unfold more and more, Hawaii's Attorney General appears to be pushing back into a corner more and more. I am confident that before long that corner will be so tight that they will have no where to go. So, I received a reply to my last letter. It was dated November 15th....

Drastic changes to US agriculture policy necessary for future of food, say scientists

5/19/2011 - The perpetuity of viable agriculture is dependent on a transformational shift in current agricultural practices, say researchers in a report recently published in the journal Science. Organic farming, grass-fed animal raising, and biodiverse growing methods are crucial for the long-term sustainability...

EU agriculture chief slams GMOs, expresses strong support for natural agriculture

5/17/2011 - In a bold move that goes against the mainstream flow, European Union (EU) Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos recently denounced genetically-modified (GM) food crops, citing the fact that they fail to meet various "quality and diversity criteria" that consumers have come to expect, and their inherent...

Biointensive agriculture could save the planet

3/18/2011 - Not more than a month or two passes by that people don't hear about an impending global food crisis. Many fear that a global food crisis is just around the corner, and that fear is not unfounded. In addition to a soaring world population and topsoil erosion, water sources are also dwindling, leading...

Conventional agriculture using up global supply of phosphorus, causing widespread pollution

2/27/2011 - Modern agriculture is heavily reliant on the use of phosphorus, a mineral necessary for proper plant and crop growth. But conventional growing methods have all but depleted this natural mineral from certain areas of farmland, which has resulted in the widespread mining of phosphorus to replace it. This...

Better marketing helps urban agriculture programs keep kids off the streets

12/12/2010 - Urban market gardens are a great way for inner-city neighborhoods to unite around a common cause and improve the social fabric of their local community -- all while reaping a delicious harvest in the process. And a new study published in the Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education has...

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture race pivotal for national food and farm freedom

10/28/2010 - If you don't live in Iowa, the name Francis Thicke may not mean much to you. But the candidate for Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture has a lot in store for reforming industrial agriculture in the "Food Capital of the World" if he's elected. And whatever happens in the Midwestern state's seemingly-localized...

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Supports Genetic Engineering and Corporate Farming

1/26/2009 - Agriculture Secretary Nominee Tom Vilsack is a two-term Iowa governor (1999-2007) and a trial lawyer. He sailed through his confirmation hearing last week for the position of Agriculture Secretary, but he does not enjoy the same popularity with growers and consumers of organic foods. On the same day...

When Wind Power Meets Organic Agriculture (press release)

6/22/2006 - Big Sandy, MT (June 22, 2006) -- When Bob Quinn decided to research his family roots in Germany, little did he know he would find not only a cousin, but a kindred spirit. Today, Quinn, his cousin and another German partner can take pride with the fact that they initiated Montana's first and largest...

U.S. Agriculture Department lacks realistic bird flu detection plan, says inspector general

6/21/2006 - During an audit conducted yesterday by the Agriculture Department's inspector general's office, reports emerged indicating the agency does not have an ample plan for detecting bird flu in poultry and wild birds. As it stands, the Agriculture Department relies heavily on state agriculture department...

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