|Why Commodity Farming Is a Tough Row to Hoe|
Mother Jones - 9/26/2013. By Tom Philpott - In yesterday's post, I explained that large agribusiness corporations largely avoid the task of actually growing food, leaving it mainly to family-owned farm enterprises. Why would they do that? In short, it's because most farmers grow commodities - and the laws of supply and demand make it virtually impossible to earn big profits from them.
|Major cuts of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock within reach|
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - 9/26/2013. Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies, according to a new study released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
|Hormone disruptors rise from the dead|
Nature - 9/26/2013. By Mark Peplow - Hormone-disrupting chemicals may be far more prevalent in lakes and rivers than previously thought. Environmental scientists have discovered that although these compounds are often broken down by sunlight, they can regenerate at night, returning to life like zombies.
|U.S. and Japan streamline organic trade|
The Packer - 9/26/2013. By Tom Karst - Eliminating costs and paperwork barriers, the U.S. and Japan announced an an agreement that government and industry leaders said will help organic trade increase between the two countries.