Brexit Import Rules Begin to Squeeze British Food Importers

For companies depending on fast, small deliveries, the costs of new Brexit trade rules are mounting.

#agriculture-and-farming, #customs-tariff, #european-union, #food, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #greece, #international-trade-and-world-market, #maltbygreek

Building a Better Meatpacking Industry

Instead of breaking up the big meatpacking companies, the Biden administration is supporting the creation of rivals.

#agriculture-and-farming, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #beef, #meat, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses

Sara Menker and Gro Intelligence Are Tackling Global Hunger

The Ethiopian entrepreneur Sara Menker founded Gro Intelligence, which uses artificial intelligence to forecast global agricultural trends and battle food insecurity.

#addis-ababa-ethiopia, #agriculture-and-farming, #artificial-intelligence, #content-type-personal-profile, #entrepreneurship, #ethiopia, #executives-and-management-theory, #food, #food-insecurity, #gro-intelligence-inc, #inflation-economics, #menker-sara

Organic Milk Farmers in Northeast Under Pressure as Processors Look West

Organic milk has been a lifeline for small farms in Maine and other New England states. Now those farms are facing trouble as milk processors look to huge dairies in Western states.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #augusta-me, #cattle, #colorado, #dairy-products, #lactalis-group, #maine, #milk, #new-england-states-us, #new-hampshire, #northeastern-states-us, #organic-foods-and-products, #organic-valley-cooperative, #stonyfield-farm, #university-of-maine, #vilsack-tom

How We Treat Farmed Animals

Readers react to a column by Ezra Klein about the horrors of factory farming. Also: Hospitals and the unvaccinated; unwanted holiday gifts. 

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factory-farming, #gifts, #hospitals, #meat, #vaccination-and-immunization

Inside the Campaign to Save an Imperiled Cambodian Rainforest

Deep in the Southern Cardamom Mountains, former loggers and poachers have assumed new roles as protective rangers and ecotourism guides. Can their efforts help preserve a vast stretch of wilderness?

#agriculture-and-farming, #animals, #cambodia, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #koh-kong-province-cambodia, #logging-industry, #phnom-penh-cambodia, #southeast-asia, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

There Are Better Ways to Build a Burger

How we treat farm animals today will be seen as a defining moral failing of our age.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #content-type-service, #empathy, #factory-farming, #food, #good-food-institute, #innovation, #livestock, #meat, #mercy-for-animals

Business Groups Sue Over California Law They Say Could Keep Pork Off Plates

A 2018 ballot initiative creating minimum space requirements for livestock is set to go into effect on Jan. 1. Food industry interests are warning of possible shortages and price increases.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #pigs, #pork, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

Biden’s China Dilemma: How to Enforce Trump’s Trade Deal

The Biden administration must decide whether to enforce a Trump-era trade deal that has not fulfilled its promise.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy

Maryland’s Wayward Zebras Have Been Captured After Nearly Four Months

The two zebras had escaped with another, which was later found dead, from a suburban farm, delighting residents and evading attempts to capture them, the authorities said.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #fugitives, #maryland, #prince-georges-county-md, #upper-marlboro-md, #zebras

India Cities Ban Eggs, Drawing a Backlash

Food-cart rules spurred by conservative beliefs draw a backlash, showcasing the tensions around the country’s rising Hindu nationalist movement.

#agriculture-and-farming, #ahmedabad-india, #bharatiya-janata-party, #caste-systems, #diet-and-nutrition, #eggs, #food, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #gujarat-state-india, #hinduism, #india, #local-government, #modi-narendra, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #vegetarianism

Cultivating Olives on the Slopes of Mount Etna

For millenniums, farmers and vintners in northeastern Sicily have benefited from the area’s mineral-rich soil, a result of volcanic eruptions.

#agriculture-and-farming, #mount-etna-italy, #olive-oil, #olives, #photography, #sicily-italy, #travel-and-vacations, #volcanoes

In Bakersfield, Many Find a California They Can Afford

Known for both oil and agriculture, the “Texas of California” rises in population as city dwellers seek backyards and shorter commutes.

#agriculture-and-farming, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bakersfield-calif, #brookings-institution, #california-state-university, #fresno-calif, #irvine-calif, #kern-county-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #newsom-gavin, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #population, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas, #valadao-david-g

Denmark’s Prime Minister is Questioned Over Mass Mink Slaughter

The prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, said she did not know the government lacked legal authority to order the mass slaughter of 17 million minks after infected animals passed the virus to humans.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #denmark, #frederiksen-mette, #minks-animals, #politics-and-government

India’s Farmers Call Off Yearlong Protest Against Hated Farm Laws

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unexpectedly conceded protesters’ main demand weeks ago, but serious problems remain with the country’s agricultural system.

#agriculture-and-farming, #india, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india

Manatees, Facing a Crisis, Will Get a Bit of Help: Extra Feeding

In a first, wildlife officials have decided to provide food for the mammals, which have suffered catastrophic losses over the last year.

#agriculture-and-farming, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #florida, #manatees, #water-pollution, #wildlife-die-offs

Sri Lanka’s Plunge Into Organic Farming Brings Disaster

The economically troubled country banned chemical fertilizers without preparing farmers, prompting a surge in food prices and worries about shortages.

#agriculture-and-farming, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #fertilizer, #food, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #international-trade-and-world-market, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #rajapaksa-gotabaya, #shortages, #sri-lanka, #tea, #vegetables

Urea Shortage Is Felt Around the World

Farmers in India are desperate. Trucks in South Korea had to be idled. Food prices, already high, could rise even further.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cf-industries-holdings-inc, #china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #england, #fertilizer, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #madhya-pradesh-india, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #potash, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russia, #seoul-south-korea, #shortages, #south-korea, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states, #world-bank

Flooding in Washington Brings Death and Devastation to Dairies

Near-record flooding in Washington State drowned cattle, demolished homes and damaged equipment. Broken supply chains are making it even harder to recover.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #dairy-products, #floods, #washington-state

Overlooked No More: Julia Tuttle, the ‘Mother of Miami’

She worked tirelessly to revitalize the area now known as Miami, and is widely recognized as the only woman to have founded a major American city.

#agriculture-and-farming, #area-planning-and-renewal, #biscayne-bay-fla, #deaths-obituaries, #miami-fla, #tuttle-julia-1849-98

In Afghanistan, ‘Who Has the Guns Gets the Land’

A decades-long fight over land has been reinvigorated as Taliban leaders look to reward their fighters with property, even if that means evicting others.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #land-use-policies, #musa-qala-afghanistan, #taliban

In Louisiana, Alligator Finds a Place at the Tailgate

Alligator, long a food source for Louisianians, has become more popular nationally. But its big moment comes at an annual football matchup in Baton Rouge.

#agriculture-and-farming, #alligators, #baton-rouge-la, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #fans-persons, #football-college, #louisiana, #louisiana-state-university, #restaurants, #wetlands

Farm Housing Mennonite Boys Engaged in Human Trafficking, Lawsuit Says

In a federal lawsuit against the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, two plaintiffs said they were deprived of food and restrained with zip ties at a forced-labor farm.

#agriculture-and-farming, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #eastern-pennsylvania-mennonite-church, #human-trafficking, #juniata-county-pa, #liberty-ridge-farm, #martin-nelson, #mennonite-churches, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Tracing the Trail of Amazon Deforestation

A Times investigation married hourslong stakeouts with data reporting and found that it’s all too easy for hides from illegally deforested ranches to reach the global marketplace.

#agriculture-and-farming, #brazil, #new-york-times

Iran Clamps Down on Protests Against Growing Water Shortages

The crackdown came after the protests spilled over to at least one other city and a major protest on Friday loomed. Weather experts say 97 percent of the country is dealing with water scarcity issues.

#agriculture-and-farming, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #iran, #isfahan-iran, #khamenei-ali, #madani-kaveh, #rivers, #water

The Indian Farmers’ Fight

How agricultural workers organized, protested and faced down Prime Minister Narendra Modi — and scored an unlikely victory.

#agriculture-and-farming, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government

Nebraska Family Struggles to Keep the Family Farm Amid High Property Taxes

In Nebraska, a 151-year-old family farm struggles to survive.

#agriculture-and-farming, #content-type-personal-profile, #nebraska, #population, #property-taxes, #rural-areas

A Thanksgiving History Lesson, in a Handful of Corn

The cornmeal that has become a staple of the holiday table reflects millenniums of work by Native Americans — a legacy that Indigenous people are trying to keep alive.

#agriculture-and-farming, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #corn, #indigenous-people, #native-americans, #pilgrims-plymouth-mass, #thanksgiving-day, #united-states

The Searing Beauty, and Harsh Reality, of a Kentucky Tobacco Harvest

At a family farm in Shelby County, a group of 26 men from Nicaragua and Mexico perform the grueling seasonal work that Americans largely avoid.

#agriculture-and-farming, #foreign-workers, #kentucky, #labor-and-jobs, #photography, #smoking-and-tobacco, #travel-and-vacations, #wages-and-salaries

In Hard Times, Afghan Farmers Are Turning to Opium for Security

The war’s intense conclusion and a drought combined to wipe out the famous Afghan pomegranate harvest in Kandahar Province, during a devastating national economic crisis.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #arghandab-district-afghanistan, #kandahar-afghanistan, #pomegranates, #taliban

How India’s Farmers Got Narendra Modi to Back Down

They received foreign and domestic financial support, kept their camps organized and looked for ways to be seen while trying to avoid violence.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bharatiya-janata-party, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #grain, #india, #new-delhi-india, #punjab-india, #sikhs-and-sikhism

Modi to Repeal India Farm Laws Following Protests

The three measures were meant to overhaul the country’s troubled agricultural sector, but they sparked nearly a year of sustained demonstrations.

#agriculture-and-farming, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government

India’s Toxic Air Pollution Prompts Supreme Court to Act

Schools and factories close. India’s Supreme Court blasts the government’s do-nothing response. But Delhi residents continue to suffer from the bad air.

#agriculture-and-farming, #air-pollution, #coal, #delhi-india, #electric-light-and-power, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #india, #new-delhi-india, #shutdowns-institutional

How Leather Seats in Luxury SUVs Fuel Amazon Deforestation

An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #amazon-river-basin, #automobiles, #beef, #brazil, #cattle, #ford-motor-co, #forests-and-forestry, #general-motors, #global-warming, #international-trade-and-world-market, #jbs-sa, #land-use-policies, #leather-and-leather-goods, #marfrig-group, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #ranches, #volkswagen-ag

In the Fight Against Climate Change, Young Voices Speak Out

Five participants in a Generation Climate program convened by The New York Times gave us their thoughts on the issues, why they became involved and what steps make a difference.

#adler-meredith-activist, #agriculture-and-farming, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #de-smet-michiel, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #jose-john-paul, #land-use-policies, #nakate-vanessa, #rodriguez-bruno, #sustainable-living, #weather

Crunch at Ports May Mean Crisis for Family Farms

Backlogs and cancellations are hitting American growers as costs rise, profits slump and overseas customers shop elsewhere.

#agriculture-and-farming, #dairy-products, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #milk, #port-of-los-angeles-calif, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #trucks-and-trucking

Black Farmworkers Say They Lost Jobs to Foreigners Who Were Paid More

Longtime field laborers in the Mississippi Delta said in a lawsuit that they were asked to train white guest workers from South Africa before losing their jobs to them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #black-people, #discrimination, #foreign-workers, #indianola-miss, #labor-and-jobs, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #mississippi, #mississippi-center-for-justice, #race-and-ethnicity, #south-africa

In Senegal, a Return to Homegrown Rice

The country has remained mostly dependent on the grain’s importation since colonization in the 1800s. But some locals are trying to change that.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #dakar-senegal, #food, #grain, #rice, #senegal, #t-winter-travel, #travel-and-vacations

Climate Change Threatens Wine, and a Way of Life, in Jura

Extreme weather has ruined grape crops throughout this small French region known for natural wine. “If it continues like this, how will we continue to make Jura wine? I really don’t know,” said one winegrower.

#agriculture-and-farming, #global-warming, #grapes, #jura-france, #weather, #wines

As Demand for Green Energy Grows, Solar Farms Face Local Resistance

Developers say industrial-scale farms are needed to meet the nation’s climate goals, but locals are fighting back against what they see as an encroachment on their pastoral settings.

#agriculture-and-farming, #copake-ny, #local-government, #real-estate-commercial, #solar-energy

Coffee and Climate Have a Complicated Relationship

Your morning cup may depend on solving issues with a crop that both contributes to and is deeply affected by the changing climate.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coffee, #drought, #gardens-and-gardening, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions

For Climate Change, Biden’s $3.5 Billion Plan Isn’t Big Enough

What we don’t spend now to deal with climate change will cost us much more later.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-dioxide, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gross-domestic-product, #heat-and-heat-waves, #intergovernmental-panel-on-climate-change, #manchin-joe-iii, #union-of-concerned-scientists, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weather

Thanksgiving Food Prices Increase as Supply Chain Costs Rise

Nearly every ingredient, from the turkey to the after-dinner coffee, is expected to cost more than ever, for a host of reasons.

#agriculture-and-farming, #consumer-price-index, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #food, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #shortages, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #thanksgiving-day, #turkeys, #united-states

Violence Strikes, and India’s Farmers Want You to See It

A year on, protesters against the country’s agricultural laws are taking an increasingly confrontational approach with the country’s leaders.

#agriculture-and-farming, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #india, #mishra-ashish, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #sikhs-and-sikhism, #uttar-pradesh-state-india

In Sonoma County, ‘Regenerative Agriculture’ Is the Next Big Thing

Carbon sequestration, pollinator habitat restoration and simple composting: An increasing number of the region’s winegrowers are going beyond sustainability. Here’s how to see, and taste, the fruits of their labors.

#agriculture-and-farming, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #conservation-of-resources, #content-type-service, #eco-tourism, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #local-food, #restaurants, #single-thread-healdsburg-calif-restaurant, #sonoma-county-calif, #sustainable-living, #travel-and-vacations, #wines

Owner of Maryland’s Runaway Zebras Is Charged With Animal Cruelty

Jerry Lee Holly, 76, was charged a month after one of the wayward zebras was found dead in an illegal snare trap in Upper Marlboro, Md.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #humane-society-of-the-united-states, #maryland, #prince-georges-county-md, #upper-marlboro-md, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #zebras

Beef and Climate Change: This Seattle Steakhouse Wants to Be Part of the Solution

Bateau aims to reinvent the steak restaurant by showing how to sidestep the waste and environmental damage caused by the meat industry.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #bateau-seattle-wash-restaurant, #beef, #butchers-and-butchering, #cattle, #global-warming, #ranches, #restaurants, #seattle-wash, #sustainable-living

How a Stunning Lagoon in Spain Turned Into ‘Green Soup’

Tons of dead fish have washed ashore in recent years from the Mar Menor, a once-crystalline lagoon on the Mediterranean coast that has become choked with algae. Farm pollution is mostly blamed.

#agriculture-and-farming, #fertilizer, #mediterranean-sea, #politics-and-government, #spain, #water-pollution, #wildlife-die-offs

How San Diego Has Water Despite a Punishing Drought

Sustainability measures that the city and county have taken over decades are paying off. But residents still might have to do more.

#agriculture-and-farming, #conservation-of-resources, #drought, #infrastructure-public-works, #newsom-gavin, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #reservoirs, #san-diego-county-calif, #water

Wayward Zebra Found Dead in Illegal Snare Trap in Maryland

The state’s Natural Resources Police said they did not know who had set the illegal trap on private property in Upper Marlboro, about 20 miles southeast of Washington.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #maryland, #upper-marlboro-md, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #zebras