|Monsanto, the court and the seeds of dissent|
Los Angeles Times - 2/19/2013. OpEd by George Kimbrell and Debbie Barker - Bowman vs. Monsanto Co. will be decided based on the court's interpretation of a complex web of seed and plant patent law, but the case also reflects something much more basic: Should anyone, or any corporation, control a product of life?
|Pictures Don't Lie: Corn And Soybeans Are Conquering U.S. Grasslands|
National Public Radio - 2/19/2013. By Dan Charles - For years, I've been hearing stories about the changing agricultural landscape of the northern plains. Grasslands are disappearing, farmers told me. They're being replaced by fields of corn and soybeans. This week, those stories got a big dose of scientific, peer-reviewed validation.
|UK farmers given new guidance in sustainable water management|
The Guardian [UK] - 2/19/2013. By Oliver Branch - Farmers, it's said, always want "weather by the field". Certain crops require more rain, others less. Some thrive in shady conditions, others need sun all day long. Today, farmers are less exacting: they'd be happy with some simple predictability. Extreme weather patterns are fast becoming the new normal.
|Bhutan To Be First Country to Go 100% Organic|
Natural Society - 2/18/2013. By Anthony Gucciardi - If there was ever a nation that could see the purpose behind organic, sustainable farming, it would be a nation that is composed mostly of farmers. Such a place does exist, and it soon may be the first nation to go 100% organic, paving the way for others to do the same on a global scale.