E.U. Debates Whether a Veggie Burger Is Really a Burger

The European Parliament is voting on proposals that would ban products without meat from being labeled burgers or sausages, drawing ire from environmentalists and manufacturers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-union, #hamburgers, #labeling-and-labels-product, #meat, #vegetarianism

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How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

Benchmark bottles were always a splurge. But an increasing concentration of wealth has put them out of reach for all but the richest connoisseurs.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bordeaux-france, #burgundy-france, #champagne-wine, #income-inequality, #luxury-goods-and-services, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #wines

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Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues

The United States is home to 95 million cattle, and changing what they eat could have a significant effect on emissions of greenhouse gases like methane that are warming the world.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #livestock, #meat, #methane, #texas, #your-feed-photojournalism

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The Promise of Pawpaw

Issues like climate change, economic inequity and access to food have brought more attention to this creamy fruit and its resilient tree.

#agriculture-and-farming, #fruit, #global-warming, #pawpaw-fruit, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #trees-and-shrubs

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Migrant Farmworkers Under Lockdown: ‘You’re Practically a Slave’

The guest workers have been restricted to avoid contracting or spreading Covid-19. ‘I never expected to lose my freedom,’ said one, but it has successfully kept down infection rates.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #labor-and-jobs, #lipman-family-farms-llc, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #quarantines, #temporary-employment, #tomatoes, #virginia

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‘If There Were No Hashish Here, You Wouldn’t See a Single House’

A village in Lebanon, where cannabis grows everywhere, has long counted on hashish for income. But the country’s economic crisis has farmers reconsidering the crop.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bekaa-valley-lebanon, #currency, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hashish, #hezbollah, #lebanon

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In India, Toxic Air Spells More Trouble for Covid-19 Patients

Every fall, air pollution spikes in India. Doctors worry what it will mean for coronavirus patients with breathing problems.

#agriculture-and-farming, #air-pollution, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delhi-india, #india, #lungs, #new-delhi-india

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Restoring Farmland Could Drastically Slow Extinctions, Fight Climate Change

Returning strategic parts of the world’s farmlands to nature could help mitigate both climate change and biodiversity loss, a new study found.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

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‘This Is a War’: Cross-Border Fight Over Water Erupts in Mexico

Farmers in Mexico ambushed soldiers and seized a dam to stop water payments to the United States, in a sign of growing conflict over increasingly scarce resources.

#agriculture-and-farming, #chihuahua-mexico, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #levees-and-dams, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #water

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Trump Funnels Record Subsidies to Farmers Ahead of Election Day

Despite an extraordinary government bailout, America’s agriculture sector remains under severe economic pressure.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #crop-controls-and-subsidies, #customs-tariff, #food-aid, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #smoking-and-tobacco, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Disrupted Thanksgiving Leaves the Turkey Business Guessing

Without big gatherings, will Americans buy whole birds? Smaller ones? Just parts? Farmers and retailers are already placing their bets.

#advertising-and-marketing, #agriculture-and-farming, #butterball-llc, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #hormel-foods-corporation, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #thanksgiving-day, #turkeys, #united-states

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Virus Hits Foreign Farmhands, Challenging Canadians’ Self-Image

Outbreaks at farms have made Canadians question how well their system is really protecting vulnerable migrant workers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #foreign-workers, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #ontario-canada, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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What if Local and Diverse Is Better Than Networked and Global?

Helena Norberg-Hodge has been arguing for localism since the 1970s, but the pandemic is making the Australian activist-scholar’s ideas more relevant than ever.

#agriculture-and-farming, #australia, #byron-bay-australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gross-domestic-product, #ladakh-india, #local-food, #local-futures-nonprofit, #norberg-hodge-helena, #organic-foods-and-products, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sustainable-living

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Battle Over Mink Fur Almost Brings Down the Polish Government

Legislation to ban mink farming cracked the governing coalition, forcing the country’s most powerful politician to assume formal office and exposing a struggle for control of Polish conservatism.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #duda-andrzej-1972, #european-union, #fur, #law-and-justice-poland, #minks-animals, #morawiecki-mateusz, #poland, #politics-and-government, #radio-maryja, #ziobro-zbigniew

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Washington State Officials Hunt for Colony of ‘Murder Hornets’

The search has taken on particular urgency as the Asian giant hornets are about to enter their “slaughter phase,” during which they kill bees by decapitating them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bees, #blaine-wash, #hornets-insects, #invasive-species, #washington-state

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Captain Chain Saw’s Delusion

The Amazon was never a “land without men.”

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-jungle, #amazon-river-basin, #brazil, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #land-use-policies, #politics-and-government

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Infected by a Virus, a Killer Fungus Turns Into a Friend

A fungus known as white mold can kill a plant in days. Unless, that is, a virus is around to tame it.

#agriculture-and-farming, #fungi, #microbiology, #molecular-plant-journal, #research, #soybeans, #viruses

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Design for the Future When the Future Is Bleak

Amid pandemics and environmental disasters, designers and architects have been forced to imagine a world in which the only way to move forward is to look back.

#2020-t-design, #agriculture-and-farming, #brand-stewart, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #design, #eames-charles, #eames-ray, #earth, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #international-flavors-and-fragrances-inc, #koolhaas-rem

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Emails Show How Pesticide Industry Influenced U.S. Position in Health Talks

The U.S. insisted that new international guidelines on combating drug resistance omit any mention of fungicides — a demand that the industry made but that ran counter to science.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #center-for-biological-diversity, #croplife-america, #drug-resistance-microbial, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fungi, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #pesticides, #united-nations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization

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China Has a New Plan to Tame Tibet

It failed to coax cultural assimilation with economic incentives. Now it’s going for coerced labor and micromanaging people’s very lifestyles.

#agriculture-and-farming, #buddhism, #china, #chinese-language, #communist-party-of-china, #dalai-lama, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #forced-labor, #han-chinese-ethnic-group, #himalayas, #immigration-and-emigration, #immolation, #inner-mongolia, #jamestown-foundation, #jiang-zemin, #labor-and-jobs, #language-and-languages, #lhasa-tibet, #minorities, #nomadic-people, #politics-and-government, #qinghai-province-china, #religion-and-belief, #reuters-group-plc, #sichuan-province-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tashi-wangchuk, #tibet, #vocational-training, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

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‘Kiss the Ground’ Review: Regenerating Hope for the Climate

An optimistic climate documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson argues for the healing power of soil, which could offer a solution to the climate crisis.

#agriculture-and-farming, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #documentary-films-and-programs, #global-warming, #kiss-the-ground-movie, #tickell-joshua, #tickell-rebecca-harrell

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Democrats and Republicans Clash Over Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown

Democrats proposed a spending bill that omitted aid for farmers sought by President Trump, drawing Republican ire and leaving the fate of the bill unclear as federal funding is set to lapse.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #house-of-representatives, #pelosi-nancy, #republican-party, #shutdowns-institutional, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Aromatherapy in the Apiary Is What Bees Need

Honeybees were better at pollinating crops after scent training.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bees, #current-biology-journal, #flowers-and-plants, #research, #smells-and-odors, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Are Exotic Skins Out of Fashion?

Covid-19 may be the tipping point when it comes to crocodile, python, ostrich, and clothes.

#agriculture-and-farming, #alligators, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #biodiversity, #convention-on-international-trade-in-endangered-species, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fashion-and-apparel, #fur, #kering-sa, #luxury-goods-and-services, #lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton-sa, #minks-animals, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals, #phillips-van-heusen-corporation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #reptiles, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-fashion

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A Governor Bestowed Apples on Wildfire Victims. The Maggots Were Unintended.

Gov. Jay Inslee apologized for transporting the pest to maggot-free counties in Washington, which produces about 70 percent of the nation’s apples. After the discovery, the hunt was on.

#agriculture-and-farming, #apples, #insects, #inslee-jay, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Fall’s Almost Here. Can We Still Go Apple Picking?

Wandering through corn mazes, picking pumpkins and visits to wineries and haunted houses are still on the calendar, but social distancing and face masks are part of the plan.

#agriculture-and-farming, #apples, #autumn-season, #halloween, #labyrinths-and-mazes, #pumpkins, #travel-and-vacations, #wines

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It’s Not Just California. These Places Are Also on Fire.

Extreme temperatures and more severe droughts, the result of human-caused climate change, have created a world that’s ready to burn.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-jungle, #arctic-regions, #argentina, #brazil, #environment, #global-warming, #indonesia, #russia, #siberia, #wildfires

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U.S. Restricts Chinese Apparel and Tech Products, Citing Forced Labor

The new restrictions, announced Monday, fall short of a broader ban on cotton and tomatoes from Xinjiang that the administration was poised to announce last week.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cotton, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #international-trade-and-world-market, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations

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My Family Had Suffered Loss After Loss. Then Came the Dragon Fruit.

In an area devastated by droughts and erratic rainfall, I took a chance on a bright little magenta ball of hope.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #costa-rica, #drought, #fruit, #rural-areas

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Their Dream Was a Working Farm (But They Weren’t Farmers)

So one urban couple had a brainstorm: Why not build a house they could share with farmers just starting out, on land that could be farmed?

#agriculture-and-farming, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #orange-county-ny, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

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The Sweat, Stench and Staggering Logistics of the American Supermarket

“The Secret Life of Groceries,” by Benjamin Lorr, lifts the veil on the human labor, industrial agriculture and transportation challenges that go into stocking upscale food stores.

#agriculture-and-farming, #books-and-literature, #lorr-benjamin, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #the-secret-life-of-groceries-the-dark-miracle-of-the-american-supermarket-book

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‘The Lockdown Killed My Father’: Farmer Suicides Add to India’s Virus Misery

Farm bankruptcies and debts have been the source of misery in India for decades. But experts say the suffering has reached new levels in the pandemic.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #india, #modi-narendra, #punjab-india, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

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The Full Measure of America’s Farming and Food Crisis

In “Perilous Bounty,” Tom Philpott looks at the toll that industrial farming practices have taken on the health of the land.

#agriculture-and-farming, #books-and-literature, #factory-farming, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #land-use-policies, #perilous-bounty-the-looming-collapse-of-american-farming-and-how-we-can-prevent-it-book, #philpott-tom-journalist

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‘Agricultural Jihad’: A Hungry Lebanon Returns to Family Farms to Feed Itself

With a tanking economy, and imported food costs soaring, leaders are urging the Lebanese to wage a campaign of self-sufficiency. “I never thought I’d do this in my life, but I have to survive.”

#agriculture-and-farming, #chickpeas, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #el-hajj-antoine, #food, #lebanon, #nasrallah-hassan

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Brazil Pantanal Scorched by Fires

The blazes in Brazil, often intentionally set, have scorched a record-setting 10 percent of the Pantanal, one of the most biologically diverse habitats on the planet.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-river-basin, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #drought, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #pantanal-brazil, #politics-and-government, #wetlands, #wildfires

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This Vertical Farm Was Born in the Pandemic. Sales Are Up.

The Vegetable Co. sits in a shipping container on the edge of a Malaysian parking lot. It’s one of many small farms around the world selling directly to consumers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #kuala-lumpur-malaysia, #shopping-and-retail

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Heat, Smoke and Covid Are Battering the Workers Who Feed America

Climate change is piling on to the hazards already faced by California farm laborers, some of the country’s poorest, most neglected workers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #central-valley-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #global-warming, #san-joaquin-valley-calif, #wildfires

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To Deal With China, Trump Should Learn German

Germany is a manufacturing superpower that would be a decisive ally, along with the rest of the European Union, in a trade war against China.

#agriculture-and-farming, #berlin-germany, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #european-union, #international-trade-and-world-market, #merkel-angela, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Where the Produce Includes Pepperoni: The Pizza Farm

This Midwestern staple has grown ever more popular in the pandemic, bringing farmers and diners together in a socially distanced summer destination.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amber-waves-farm-amagansett-ny, #midwestern-states-us, #pizza, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states

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American and Chinese Officials Take Pulse on Trade Deal, Six Months In

Trade negotiators from the two countries met by videoconference to review the progress in enacting their trade deal.

#agriculture-and-farming, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lighthizer-robert-e, #liu-he-1952, #national-economic-council-us, #office-of-the-united-states-trade-representative, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #wechat-mobile-app

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Postal Crisis Hits Rural America Hard

The Postal Service is crucial to farmers and rural areas that President Trump won in 2016. Now, residents worry it is being dismantled.

#agriculture-and-farming, #dejoy-louis, #postal-service-us, #rural-areas

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He Wants to Save the Present With the Indigenous Past

Bruce Pascoe’s book “Dark Emu” sparked a reconsideration of Australian history. Now he hopes to use his writing to revive Aboriginal community.

#agriculture-and-farming, #australia, #books-and-literature, #dark-emu-book, #indigenous-australians, #pascoe-bruce, #writing-and-writers

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Coronavirus Strikes Mink in Utah

Five animals on two farms test positive, but many more are believed to be affected.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animals, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #humane-society-of-the-united-states, #minks-animals, #netherlands, #utah

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A Bitter Wind at a Shaky Time, and Iowa Is Left Reeling

Devastating windstorms just before harvest were the last thing that Iowa farmers needed.

#agriculture-and-farming, #corn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #iowa, #midwestern-states-us, #soybeans

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In Derecho’s Wake, More Than 250,000 in Midwest Struggle Without Power

Residents in Iowa, Illinois and surrounding states were still without electricity days after Monday’s storms brought hurricane-force winds.

#agriculture-and-farming, #derecho-storm, #grain, #illinois, #iowa, #midwestern-states-us, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #social-media, #weather

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The Scramble to Pluck 24 Billion Cherries in Eight Weeks

Every single one needs to be picked by hand — even in a pandemic. Seasonal workers say they may be essential, but they feel disposable.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cherries, #foreign-workers, #fruit, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #washington-state

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In a Wistful Age, Farmers Find a New Angle: Chore TV

It’s hard for small farmers to earn a living selling crops. Enter the “farmer-influencer,” who can earn more by streaming farm life, in all its comforting monotony, to a growing online audience.

#agriculture-and-farming, #gold-morgan-1980, #reality-television, #vermont, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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How an Urban Flower Farmer Spends Her Sundays

On a quest for sunlight and soil, Christina Clum approached Brooklyn residents about growing flowers in their yards. It worked.

#agriculture-and-farming, #brooklyn-nyc, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening

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Spending My Tenderness on Animals

As a vulnerable girl at a remote commune, I sought solace from horses, goats, even a bear cub. Today’s dark times have sent me their way again.

#agriculture-and-farming, #children-and-childhood, #love-emotion, #society-for-the-prevention-of-cruelty-to-animals

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States Issue Warnings About Seed Packets From China

Agriculture officials in Louisiana, Kansas, Virginia and Washington State are urging residents not to plant the seeds, which were mailed in pouches featuring Chinese characters.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animal-and-plant-health-inspection-service, #china, #kansas, #louisiana, #seeds, #virginia, #washington-state

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