Watching Our Water, part 3: While federal regulations have successfully cut back some types of water pollution, most have little muscle in combating what is one of the Midwest’s biggest environmental problems: agricultural runoff.
Watching Our Water, part 5: Farming in the fertile Midwest is tied to an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, but scientists are studying new ways to lessen the Midwest’s environmental impact.
The organic industry is deciding whether or not produce grown in hydroponic systems can be certified organic. The debate gets at the very heart of what it means to be “organic” and may change the organic food available to grocery store shoppers.
Fewer young attorneys are choosing to set up shop in small towns and take over for retiring professionals. Just like the shortages of doctors, nurses, dentists, even farmers, many rural areas are seeing a shortage of young lawyers.
Long before European settlers plowed the Plains, corn was an important part of the diet of many Native American tribes. Today, members of some tribes are hoping to revive their food and farming traditions by planting the kinds of indigenous crops their ancestors once grew.
Many farmers today use pesticides and fertilizers, which can take a toll on our water. The next president will have to deal with the problem. So what can we expect from either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?
Five of the six biggest companies that produce and sell seeds and chemicals to the world’s farmers are pursuing deals that could leave a market dominated by just three giant, global companies. Most Americans aren’t farmers. But these moves would trigger structural changes to the foundations of our food system and impact all Americans, whether or not they buy seeds, fertilizer or herbicides.