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Monday, May 02, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
Friday, March 04, 2016
For the past several years, a scientist in Brookings, S.D., has been engaged in an escalating struggle with his employer, the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. The scientist, Jonathan Lundgren, says that he has been persecuted because his research points out problems — including harm to bees — with a ...
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Chances are, you've never heard of flubendiamide. It's not among the most toxic insecticides, and it's not among the widely used chemicals, either. In recent years, it has been used on about a quarter of the nation's tobacco and 14 percent of almonds, peppers and watermelons.
But flubendiamide is now ...
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Here's an exercise in deductive logic, with implications for our food supply.
Fact: Insects such as bees and butterflies are helpful, and sometimes essential, for producing much of our food, including a majority of our fruits, vegetables and nuts.
Fact: Many of these pollinators, especially wild ones such as ...
Friday, February 26, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Chipotle Mexican Grill certainly is not the first company to face lawsuits and subpoenas because its food made people sick. Other companies, in fact, have faced far worse: Companies like Blue Bell, Dole and Earthbound Farms have been linked to disease outbreaks that actually killed people.
But it's difficult to ...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Deep in the heart of the arcane laws that give farmers a helping hand, there's something called "crop insurance." It's a huge program, costing taxpayers anywhere from $5 billion to $10 billion each year.
It's called an insurance program, and it looks like insurance. Farmers buy policies from private companies ...
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
It took Sen. Ted Cruz to finally persuade me to answer a riddle that's bothered me for years. Suppose somebody yanked away the law that currently props up the nation's ethanol industry, as Cruz has proposed. What would actually happen?
Before we get to the answer, let me mention why ...
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Monday, February 01, 2016
Farm subsidies don't lack for critics. Free-market conservatives and welfare state-defending liberals alike have called for deep cuts in these payments to farmers. After all, farmers, as a group, are wealthier than the average American. Why should they get tens of billions of dollars each year in federal aid?
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
Friday, January 08, 2016
The fight over genetically modified food, or GMOs, has long resembled battles on the Western Front in World War I. Pro-GMO and anti-GMO forces have aimed plenty of heavy artillery at each other, but neither well-entrenched side has given much ground.
This week, though, for perhaps the first time, a ...