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New Research Explores the Ongoing Impact of Racism on the U.S. Farming Landscape

January 25, 2019 – By Megan Horst, Civil Eats – Farming in the United States is enmeshed with both racism and capitalism in a way that has had a profound impact on who owns, accesses, and benefits from farmland. Recently, I published research with Portland State University student Amy Marion examining data on non-farming landowners, farmers who own and lease land, and farmworkers. We found significant racial/ethnic disparities when it comes to representation, land, and money.


EcoFarm holds up soil as a pillar of organic farming, even if the feds are trying to change that.

January 24, 2019 – By Marielle Argueza, Monterey County Weekly – The organic food industry is a multi-billion-dollar business. In the U.S., consumers prioritize certification stickers and labels. But according to longtime organic farmers like Paul Muller of Full Belly Farms in Capay Valley near Sacremento, labels can be misleading if consumers aren’t reading between the lines.


As legal pot farms expand, so do air pollution worries

January 24, 2019 – By Jason Plautz, Science – Atmospheric scientist William Vizuete grew his dozen pot plants in a garage here, on shelves tucked between some bicycles and a lawn mower. The researcher at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill wasn't looking for a high—just data. His team aimed to measure the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released into the air by four varieties of cannabis—including strains dubbed Lemon Wheel, Elephant Purple, and Rockstar Kush—as they grew, rather than when they were smoked.


Blanket ban on glyphosates in France not possible: Macron

January 24, 2019 – By Jean-Baptiste Vey and John Irish, Reuters – It will not be possible to do without glyphosate-based weed killers in certain French agricultural sectors in three years because some sectors would not be able to survive economically, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday.


Organic Vegetable Production Jumped in 2018

January 23, 2019 – By Carol Miller, Growing Produce – About a third of vegetable operations have at least some acres devoted to organic production — similar to last year. However, almost 9% of growers are planning to add organic production within three years.


Government shutdown frustrates organic industry

January 23, 2019 – By Greg Johnson, Produce Blue Book – The organic food industry made great gains in the 2018 farm bill, but the ongoing government shutdown puts several benefits on hold.


Cities need to start making their own food

January 23, 2019 – By Ellie Anzilotti, Fast Company – If we could shift food production to a more hyperlocal, circular system, both our planet and ourselves would be better off.


Agrivoltaics: Solar Panels on Farms Could Be a Win-Win

January 22, 2019 – By Sarah Shemkus, Civil Eats – Massachusetts is leading the charge in dual-use solar installations, making it possible to grow some crops and pasture animals while generating clean energy


Organic Farming Advocate Enid Wonnacott Dies at 57

January 21, 2019 – By Melissa Pasanen, Seven Days – Enid Wonnacott, longtime executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and a deeply committed advocate for organic farming and the agricultural community at large, died Saturday morning at her home in Huntington surrounded by family and close friends.