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Posts tagged agribusiness

November 3, 2016

 

A discarded bag of GMO seed corn displays a marketing slogan

Report Stirs Debate Over GMO Benefits

A New York Times investigation showing questionable gains from GMO crops over the last twenty years has sparked a new round of controversy.

November 3, 2016

 

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Why You Should Care About ‘Big Ag’ Companies Getting Bigger

Large companies can influence Congress, and some fear that the fewer companies there are in a given sector, the more likely they are to get their way.

November 1, 2016

 

Biochemist Guru Rao

Recounting The Experience Of The Pioneer, DuPont Merger

It has been long enough since DuPont acquired Pioneer that many of the wounds that deal inflicted have healed. But that doesn’t mean they’ve been forgotten.

October 26, 2016

 

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Eat Or Be Eaten: How ‘Big Ag’ Came To Be

To understand the significance of corporate changes, you have to go back a century to look at how the industry got to where it is today.

August 11, 2016

 

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Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike

Farmworkers in South Texas marched 200 miles for better wages and working conditions, but the strike failed and workers today are still systematically underpay.

June 3, 2016

 

cary fowler

An Issue Of Balance: Productivity Vs. Diversity In Modern Ag

Cary Fowler is a Senior Advisor to the Global Crop Diversity Trust. On this week's show, he talks about unintended consequences of the rise of big agribusiness.

May 3, 2016

 

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Commodity Promotion Programs Try To Hide Their Emails

Federal programs that collect money from farmers to promote pork, beef and eggs are under attack. They now want to exempt their documents from FOIA.

March 14, 2016

 

Scott Jackman, left, and Casey Adams

Ag Tech Start-Ups Show Explosive Growth In The Billions

Investment in food and agriculture technology startups reached $4.6 billion in 2015. The leading driver of that growth was investment in drones and robotics.

January 11, 2016

 

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TPP Could Mean More Global Trade Of GMOs

TPP would make it harder for countries to prevent GMOs from entering their markets if they’re already approved in the U.S.

November 16, 2015

 

Students at Colorado State University greenhouse

There Are Jobs In Ag, Just Not Enough New Grads To Fill ‘Em

Part of the problem in filling these jobs is location. Many recent college grads look to major cities for their first jobs, not the rural Midwest.

August 27, 2015

 

Fruit expo attendees visit a Syngenta booth

Monsanto Drops Bid to Buy Syngenta

After months of negotiations, Monsanto announced on Wednesday that it would not try to purchase competitor Syngenta.

August 3, 2015

 

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GMO Labeling Becomes A ‘Proxy’ For Consumer Preferences

The fight over food containing genetically modified ingredients is at a fever pitch. It includes a little science, lots of money and a food system under fire.

March 31, 2014

 

farmers looking at ag drone

Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You?

Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.

February 20, 2014

Ag Info 

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Farmers Worry About Sharing Big Data

Farmers are using precision information from their fields to prescribe exact doses of everything from seeds to fertilizer. How much data do they want to share?

February 5, 2014

At Long Last 

The U.S. Capitol peeks through a bed of flowers

Farm Bill Clears Last Big Hurdle

After two years of partisan skirmishing, both chambers of the U.S Congress have approved a sweeping farm bill.

December 17, 2013

It All Starts With A Seed 

A gardener holding broccoli seed pods

Film To Follow Seed Savers’ Struggle

A new documentary film has explored a global movement to stop plummeting diversity in the world's food seed stocks.

December 1, 2011

Future Food Policy 

Portrait of Senator Debbie Stabenow, speaking at a microphone.  She is a woman appearing to be in her 50s or 60s, with red hair, wearing a black blazer over a red shirt.  An American flag hangs behind her.

Afterlife Of The Secret Farm Bill

The demise of a Farm Bill drafted in secrecy means the next version will go through standard Congressional channels, which has mixed implications for farmers.

August 1, 2011

Fish Farms 

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Bluefin Tuna And The Trouble With Fish Farms

Bluefin tuna are in danger of extinction because of overfishing. Can fish farms save tuna while still satisfying the global appetite for this fish?

May 25, 2011

Supporting Farms 

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Farm Subsidy Program Could Get A Make-Over

President Obama outlined a plan to limit farm subsidies so that farmers who make over $250,000 will not receive them, but the plan met resistance.

April 1, 2011

Protecting Organics 

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Farmers Sue Monsanto For Organic Crop Protection

A group of organic farmers are suing Monsanto to contest their patent on genetically modified seeds.

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