I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I had no idea what made ‘heirloom’ seeds special (I just thought they were fancy tomatoes). It turns out, most of the commercially available seeds sold at big box hardware and grocery stores are infertile. They’re designed to be infertile so that you – budding farmer that you are – won’t be able to breed your own seeds and grow your own farm. That’s where heirloom seeds come in!
Horse slaughter is scheduled to resume in the US next month, unless pending legal action stops it. There are questions surrounding this issue that we need to ask and answer, about what exactly we’re up to as a society: what is a ‘food animal?’ Should we have horse slaughterhouses selling horse meat? What about dog slaughterhouses selling dog meat? Does anyone think the problem with our dysfunctional food system is that we just haven’t been killing enough animals? Recent US horse slaughter developments beg serious scrutiny and reflection, from anyone interested in connections between food, health, and conscience.
Looking for Something New to Add to Your Garden? Why Not Rabbits? They require very little space and energy, and breed like, well- rabbits! Find out more.
Food Tank recently shared a list of 13 farm and food books ripe for summer reading. Of their recommendations, 5 rest comfortably atop my way-too-long reading list. Read on…
Recent research from the USDA shows that women are breaking the “grass ceiling” as their numbers increase on farms and ranches around the country. A million women are farming!
Kansas farmer Ernest Barnes filed suit against Monsanto this week, seeking damages related to unapproved GMO wheat. Monsanto’s genetically modified wheat never gained USDA approval, but was recently found growing on an Oregon farm. That discovery prompted Japan and other countries to drop some US wheat exports like hot potatoes. In this suit, Barnes claims Monsanto’s carelessness with unapproved test crops have led to irreparable harm to US farmers. This suit marks the first action filed against Monsanto over GMO wheat — but it probably won’t be the last.
Want to grow a bit of fresh food in your backyard, but struggling to iron out the details? A boatload of online tools can guide you, including a newcomer to the web: Sprout It.
On this or another crazy-busy day, I hope you will take a break for five minutes to watch an inspired video about traditional farming in the incredible rice terraces of Yuanyang, China.
Environmental activist Mark Lynas recently embraced biotechnology, as the agricultural savior of humanity. His public conversion has drawn heavy attention in mainstream media, prompting gleeful cackles from biotech profiteers. As with any science-based debate, critical thinking and skeptical inquiry offers the best path forward: are there good reasons to follow the pilgrimage of the devout, renounce organics for GMOs, and spread Monsanto’s gospel? (Spoiler alert: nope.)
Anticipating a need to fill thousands of high-skilled posts in farming and other related industries such as engineering and science in the coming years, DEFRA, the UK government department responsible for policy [ … ]
You can’t miss this parody from the “I’m Farming And I Grow It” Peterson Farm Brothers! “Farmer Style” — a parody of Psy’s hit “Gangnam Style” — has already gone viral.
We love a good example of urban farming around here! Urban farms are such a wonderful way to transform unused or blighted spaces in big cities into lush, food-producing patches of land (or rooftop, or wall!).
Last night, I began a journey to start an urban farm in Dallas. For $200, I signed up for a beginning farmer’s course from Cornell University’s Northeast Beginning Farmers Program.