Without Backpackers to Pick Them, Crops Rot by the Ton in Australia

The pandemic has exposed the shaky labor foundation of the country’s agriculture industry, spurring calls for an immigration overhaul.

#agriculture-and-farming, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #shortages

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A Farm-to-Table Reprieve From the Punishment of Prison Food

In Maine, inmates are growing vegetables and making meals from scratch to replace the deadly diets they have long been served.

#agriculture-and-farming, #diet-and-nutrition, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Book Review: ‘Animal, Vegetable, Junk,’ by Mark Bittman

In “Animal, Vegetable, Junk,” Mark Bittman tells the long, unfolding story of our food sources, tracking the shift from agriculture to agribusiness.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-vegetable-junk-a-history-of-food-from-sustainable-to-suicidal-book, #bittman-mark, #books-and-literature, #food

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The Activists Working to Remake the Food System

They’re committed not just to securing better meals for everyone, but to dismantling the very structures that have long exploited both workers and consumers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #andres-jose-1969, #arkansas, #atlanta-ga, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-insecurity, #income-inequality, #new-york-city, #organic-foods-and-products

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A Different Kind of Land Management: Let the Cows Stomp

Regenerative grazing can store more carbon in soils in the form of roots and other plant tissues. But how much can it really help the fight against climate change?

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #sustainable-living, #texas

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Climate Activist Jailed in India as Government Clamps Down on Dissent

Disha Ravi, 21, is facing sedition charges, accused of sharing a Google Doc about the farmers protest with Greta Thunberg.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bharatiya-janata-party, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #india, #modi-narendra, #thunberg-greta

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Along the Southwest Border, Trump’s Wall Is Only One of the Insults He Left Behind

Here’s what Biden should do about the poverty, discrimination and environmental destruction.

#agriculture-and-farming, #border-barriers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deserts, #global-warming, #hispanic-americans, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-trade-and-world-market, #land-use-policies, #migrants-environmental, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #stimulus-economic, #water

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What Sun Dawu’s Prosecution Says About China

A rural businessman, Sun Dawu, angered Beijing twice. His fate the second time around could augur the future of the world’s other superpower.

#agriculture-and-farming, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #content-type-personal-profile, #dawu-agricultural-and-animal-husbandry-group, #entrepreneurship, #hubei-province-china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #sun-dawu, #xi-jinping

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Twitter Removes Accounts in India Under Pressure From Modi

The platform’s problems in the country offer a stark example of the difficulty of adhering to its free-speech principles amid government worries over its influence.

#agriculture-and-farming, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #twitter

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The New Alliance Shaping the Middle East Is Against a Tiny Bug

Israeli sensors on the Persian Gulf, across the water from Iran, are part of an epic battle in the Middle East. Just not the one we’re used to.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #agriculture-and-farming, #beetles, #dates-fruit, #defense-and-military-forces, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #fez-morocco, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #peace-process, #pesticides, #politics-and-government, #sensors, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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A Surprise in Africa: Air Pollution Falls as Economies Rise

Air quality is improving in one of the continent’s fastest-growing regions, researchers have found. If the trend can be sustained, it would be good news for human health and climate change.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #air-pollution, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #pnas-journal, #research, #wildfires

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The Ugly Secrets Behind the Costco Chicken

An investigator went under cover and brought back disturbing video from a farm growing those famous birds.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #chickens, #costco-wholesale-corporation, #factory-farming, #mercy-for-animals, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #united-states

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India’s Response to Farmer Protests Stirs Fears of Modi’s Power

Critics say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approach to dissent increasingly involves stifling dissenting voices, blocking the internet and cracking down on journalists.

#agriculture-and-farming, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #modi-narendra, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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Two Biden Priorities, Climate and Inequality, Meet on Black-Owned Farms

The administration has pledged to make agriculture a cornerstone of its plan to fight warming, but also to tackle a legacy of discrimination that has pushed Black farmers off the land.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Shell Subsidiary Must Compensate Nigerian Farmers, Dutch Court Rules

An appeals court said that a small group of farmers in the Niger Delta region whose livelihoods were affected by oil spills in 2006 and 2007 should receive payouts.

#agriculture-and-farming, #decisions-and-verdicts, #niger-delta-nigeria, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #oil-spills, #royal-dutch-shell-plc

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Joe Biden and Tom Vilsack’s Big Plan to Save Rural America

Joe Biden and Tom Vilsack plan to take swift action on climate change proposals.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #democratic-party, #farm-bill-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #iowa, #rural-areas, #solar-energy, #united-states, #vilsack-tom, #wind-power

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India’s Farmers and Modi Weigh Options After New Delhi Clash

Farm leaders continued to demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government repeal new, market-friendly laws, while trying to deflect blame for the chaos that gripped New Delhi.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bharatiya-janata-party, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #shah-amit-1964

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Why India’s Farmers Are Protesting

Thousands of protesters, many driving tractors, took to the streets of New Delhi on Tuesday. Who are they, and what do they want?

#agriculture-and-farming, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #income-inequality, #india, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #politics-and-government, #punjab-india, #sikhs-and-sikhism

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How America’s Food System Could Change Under Biden

New school meal standards? Help for small farmers? Maybe, but first the new administration has to deal with hunger, food safety and a diminished U.S.D.A.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #diet-and-nutrition, #food, #food-insecurity, #food-stamps, #kass-sam, #organic-foods-and-products, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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Protests in India Turn Violent as Angry Farmers Clash With Police

Protesters used their tractors to pull apart barricades, prompting the police to fire tear gas. At least one person died in the demonstration against new farming laws.

#agriculture-and-farming, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #parades, #politics-and-government, #republic-day-india

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Indian Farmers March Set for Republic Day

Protesters used their tractors to pull apart barricades, prompting police to fire tear gas, as emotions flared before the scheduled start of a rally against new farming laws.

#agriculture-and-farming, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #parades, #politics-and-government, #republic-day-india

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Monitoring the Weather at the Edge of the World

Marsibil Erlendsdottir runs a farm and provides weather reports from a remote outpost in eastern Iceland. The job requires vigilance and an unfailing resolve.

#agriculture-and-farming, #iceland, #sheep, #snow-and-snowstorms, #travel-and-vacations, #weather

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French Roosters Now Crow With the Law Behind Them

After a series of high-profile disputes in rural areas, the French Parliament has passed a bill that enshrines countryside smells and sounds as protected national heritage.

#agriculture-and-farming, #chickens, #france, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #noise, #smells-and-odors

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America’s Salad Bowl Becomes Fertile Ground for Covid-19

Arizona’s Yuma County, at the juncture of Mexico and California, has the most cases per capita of any metro area over the course of the pandemic.

#agriculture-and-farming, #arizona, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #yuma-ariz

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Why Are India’s Farmers Angry?

The protesting farmers fear that new laws will help giant corporations and leave them at their mercy.

#adani-group, #agriculture-and-farming, #ambani-mukesh-d, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #punjabi-ethnic-group, #reliance-industries, #rice, #sikhs-and-sikhism

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The Korean War Emptied the Town. Those Who Rebuilt It May Now Be Rewarded

Hundreds of destitute families moved to a town bordering North Korea after the war. Six decades later, their dream of owning the land they helped cultivate may finally come true.

#agriculture-and-farming, #defense-and-military-forces, #explosions-accidental, #korean-war, #land-use-policies, #mines-explosive, #north-korea, #politics-and-government, #south-korea

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Indian Court Suspends New Farm Laws, in Blow to Modi

The bid to overhaul the troubled agricultural sector had led to huge protests by farmers, who feared the new, market-oriented rules would hurt their livelihoods.

#agriculture-and-farming, #decisions-and-verdicts, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #politics-and-government, #relocation-of-business

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Infrared Drones, Search Parties and a Lasso: Chasing a Runaway Llama

In a season of uncommon grief and worry, people far beyond the Westchester County estate from which Gizmo escaped were all too happy to fret about something else, for a change.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bedford-corners-ny, #llamas, #pets

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Jobs, Houses and Cows: China’s Costly Drive to Erase Extreme Poverty

China has spent heavily to help its poorest citizens, an approach that few developing countries can afford and even Beijing may struggle to sustain.

#agriculture-and-farming, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gansu-province-china, #labor-and-jobs, #poverty, #xi-jinping

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Is Dairy Farming Cruel to Cows?

A small group of animal welfare scientists is seeking answers to that question. Facing a growing anti-dairy movement, many farmers are altering their practices.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #cattle, #dairy-products, #dick-van-dam-dairy, #hawthorne-valley-farm, #your-feed-science

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How Mink, Like Humans, Were Slammed by the Coronavirus

Rampaging infections at farms caused scandal, scientific head-scratching and a search for a vaccine — for mink.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #denmark, #direct-action-everywhere, #ecohealth-alliance, #epstein-jonathan-h, #fur, #minks-animals, #utah, #your-feed-science

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Kelly Loeffler, a Wall Street Senator With a Hardscrabble Pitch

The hard right turn of Ms. Loeffler, one of two Republican candidates in Georgia’s pivotal Senate runoff elections, reflects the ideological gymnastics embraced by her party in the Trump era.

#agriculture-and-farming, #elections-senate, #georgia, #insider-trading, #loeffler-kelly-l, #political-advertising, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warnock-raphael-g

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Biden’s Choice of Vilsack for U.S.D.A. Raises Fears for Small Farmers

Democrats have struggled to win voters in rural America and critics say the return of Tom Vilsack, a former agriculture secretary, won’t help.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #environmental-working-group, #iowa, #obama-barack, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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At Least 240,000 Chickens Are Killed in Fire at Florida Egg Farm

The financial loss from the fire, which destroyed two barns owned by Cal-Maine Foods in Dade City, Fla., was estimated at $1 million, officials said.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #barns, #cal-maine-foods-inc, #dade-city-fl, #eggs, #fires-and-firefighters, #florida

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In a Hard Year, Families Find Joy in Real Christmas Trees

Bell’s Christmas Trees in Accord, N.Y., closed early this month after its customers, worn down by the pandemic and looking for a safe family activity, bought out its entire inventory.

#accord-ny, #agriculture-and-farming, #christmas, #christmas-trees, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #trees-and-shrubs

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One Wild Mink Near Utah Fur Farms Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

Infection seems to have come from farm animals, but there is no evidence of further spreading.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-and-plant-health-inspection-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ecohealth-alliance, #epstein-jonathan-h, #minks-animals, #utah, #world-organization-for-animal-health-oie, #your-feed-science

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New Arrests in Killing of White South African Farmer

A case that made headlines because of perceived racial overtones has taken on new implications after the arrest of the victim’s wife.

#agriculture-and-farming, #black-people, #cape-town-south-africa, #carlson-tucker, #fox-news-channel, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #stellenbosch-south-africa, #wills-and-estates

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How Selfish Are Plants? Let’s Do Some Root Analysis

A new model further untangles the complex strategy games playing out under our feet.

#agriculture-and-farming, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #peppers, #research, #roots, #science-journal, #soil, #your-feed-science

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Biden Picks Marcia Fudge for HUD and Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary

Ms. Fudge, a House member from Ohio, would be the second African-American Biden cabinet member chosen in two days. Mr. Vilsack would reprise his role from the Obama administration.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #fudge-marcia-l, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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India’s Police Detain Opposition Leaders As Farmers’ Agitation Grows

The agitation of India’s farmers has increasingly rattled the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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

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Reviving a Crop and an African-American Culture, Stalk by Stalk

On the Georgia coast, Maurice Bailey is making sugar cane syrup as a way to preserve a tradition, and the community, of his enslaved ancestors.

#agriculture-and-farming, #american-descendants-of-slavery, #black-people, #sapelo-island-ga, #sugar

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Chick-fil-A Accuses Poultry Suppliers of Price Fixing

The fast-food chain has named Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms and other producers in a lawsuit, which carries the latest allegations of price fixing in the industry.

#agriculture-and-farming, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #chick-fil-a, #fast-food-industry, #perdue-farms-inc, #pilgrims-pride-corp, #poultry, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sanderson-farms-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tyson-foods-inc

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India’s Farmers Protest and Burn Fields in Challenge to Narendra Modi

Many have burned their fields in defiance of antipollution laws. Some say that has worsened New Delhi’s air as the capital deals with a third coronavirus wave.

#agriculture-and-farming, #air-pollution, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #politics-and-government

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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Limit Human Rights Suits Against Corporations

Six citizens of Mali sued Nestlé USA and Cargill, saying the firms had profited from child slavery on Ivory Coast cocoa farms.

#agriculture-and-farming, #alien-tort-statute-1789, #child-labor, #cocoa, #corporations, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #ivory-coast, #mali, #supreme-court-us

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Angry Farmers Choke India’s Capital in Giant Demonstrations

Tens of thousands have arrived in tractors and trailers, many traveling hundreds of miles, to block roads into New Delhi and protest recently passed pro-market agricultural policies.

#agriculture-and-farming, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #haryana-india, #modi-narendra, #politics-and-government, #roads-and-traffic

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A Fight Over Agriculture Secretary Could Decide the Direction of Hunger Policy

The delicate proxy clash has pitted Democrats eager to emphasize issues like hunger and nutrition against traditionalists who believe the department should represent rural America.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #clyburn-james-e, #diet-and-nutrition, #endorsements, #food-insecurity, #fudge-marcia-l, #heitkamp-heidi, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vilsack-tom

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Snapshots of Daily Life in a Remote Region of Portugal

The Barroso is one of Portugal’s most isolated areas, known for its rough terrain, abiding agricultural traditions and stunning beauty.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #europe, #immigration-and-emigration, #livestock, #mines-and-mining, #photography, #portugal, #travel-and-vacations

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Where the Pomegranate Harvest Is Life, the Taliban Brought Ruin

An incursion that devastated a prized crop shows the loss and uncertainty that many Afghans endure.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #arghandab-district-afghanistan, #civilian-casualties, #mines-explosive, #pomegranates, #taliban, #terrorism

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Kimchi Making at Home Was Going Out of Style. Rural Towns to the Rescue.

Families that have grown weary of eating commercial kimchi in big cities have started making pilgrimages to the countryside where they can learn how to prepare it on their own.

#agriculture-and-farming, #autumn-season, #kimchi-south-korean-food, #korean-food-cuisine, #rural-areas, #south-korea

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How a Third-Generation Turkey Farmer Got a Leg Up From the Pandemic

After 81 years — and in the midst of a pandemic — Hemlock Hill Farm in New York is finally hitting its stride.

#agriculture-and-farming, #content-type-personal-profile, #cortlandt-manor-ny, #demaria-laura-1981, #hemlock-hill-farm, #meat, #thanksgiving-day, #turkeys

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