Tag: Agriculture and Farming

Keystone XL Pipeline Plan Is Approved by Nebraska Supreme Court

Nebraska’s highest court approved the Keystone XL oil pipeline’s planned path through that state on Friday, resolving a permitting battle that has stretched on for more than a decade as the project became a proxy for a national debate between environmentalists and the energy industry. Keystone XL, which would carry crude oil from Canada to […]

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U.S. Sanctions Chinese Nationals Over Fentanyl Trafficking

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on three Chinese nationals accused of trafficking synthetic opioids, stepping up efforts to curb the flow of fentanyl from China into the United States. The move comes just weeks after President Trump accused China of not doing enough to stop the drug from entering the United […]

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Amid the Kale and Corn, Fears of White Supremacy at the Farmers’ Market

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Justin Williams was baking a tray of gluten-free seeded bread for the next morning’s farmers’ market when his phone buzzed. It was a friend who grows organic sprouts, nervously wondering if he should bring along a shotgun to market. It has been a summer of fear, protest and tension in this crunchy […]

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Spraying Antibiotics to Fight Citrus Scourge Doesn’t Help, Study Finds

When the Environmental Protection Agency approved the spraying of certain antibiotics three years ago to fight a deadly bacterial infection decimating Florida’s orange groves, growers thought they might have found a silver bullet. But public health advocates reacted with alarm, warning that the large-scale use of medically important drugs in agriculture could help fuel antibiotic […]

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Facing Opposition, E.P.A. Backtracks on Use of ‘Cyanide Bombs’ to Kill Wild Animals

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday withdrew its support for the continued use of so-called cyanide bombs to protect livestock from predators, reversing course amid strong opposition to the practice. The E.P.A. administrator, Andrew R. Wheeler, said he was withdrawing an interim reauthorization for the use of M-44 devices, which are used to kill […]

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Earth’s Food Supply Is Under Threat. These Fixes Would Go a Long Way.

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. Sowing and reaping: It’s at the core of human society. In ancient times, agriculture helped make the first great civilizations possible. Now, with the help of modern machinery and fertilizers, farm yields are so high that we produce more than […]

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Vodka From Chernobyl Is Perfectly Safe, Say the Scientists Who Made It

LONDON — Would you drink something called “Atomik,” whose ingredients come from near Chernobyl? Scientists in Britain and Ukraine have distilled vodka using grains and water from a place that has become synonymous with nuclear disaster and contamination — and they say it is quite free from toxic radiation. They set out to show that […]

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Fighting Climate Change on the Farm

FIREBAUGH, Calif. — Many farmers probably haven’t read the new report from the United Nations warning of threats to the global food supply from climate change and land misuse. But we don’t need to read the science — we’re living it. Here in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, […]

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Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself. The report, prepared by more […]

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A New Way to Fight Crop Diseases, With a Smartphone

Late blight is a common disease of plants such as tomatoes and potatoes, capable of wiping out entire crops on commercial-scale fields. Caused by a fungus-like pathogen, it first appears as black or brown lesions on leaves, stems, fruit or tubers. If conditions are favorable, it can quickly spread to other plants through wet soil […]

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Tainted Pork, Ill Consumers and an Investigation Thwarted

It was 7 a.m. on Independence Day when a doctor told Rose and Roger Porter Jr. that their daughter could die within hours. For nearly a week, Mikayla, 10, had suffered intensifying bouts of fever, diarrhea and stabbing stomach pains. That morning, the Porters rushed her to a clinic where a doctor called for a […]

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Stealing Lauri

LAURINBURG, N.C. — The swine kidnappers gathered at a North Carolina motel just before dusk. “Does everyone feel comfortable with the possibility of doing jail time?” Wayne Hsiung, an animal-rights activist, asked his volunteers, among them a barista, a third-grade schoolteacher and a Berkeley undergrad. They nodded. The risk would be worth it, Mr. Hsiung […]

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Got Impossible Milk? The Quest for Lab-Made Dairy

In recent years, the alternatives to conventional cows’ milk have proliferated. The local grocery store is likely to offer any number of plant-based options: milks made from soy, almonds, oats, rice, hemp, coconuts, cashews, pea plants and more. But most nondairy milks pale in comparison to cows’ milk. Plant-based milks are made by breaking down […]

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Secret of a New York Farm Stand’s Success: An Eye for the Next Big Thing

NORWICH, N.Y. — At first glance, the Norwich Meadows Farm stand at the Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan looks like any other, with its rows of onions and lettuce, and a banner with the words “fresh” and “organic” in big green letters. But there’s something the chefs who regularly crowd the stand know that other […]

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Trump Goads China as Trade Talks Resume

WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out at China on Tuesday morning as trade talks between the two nations resumed, taking credit for weakening China’s economy and downplaying the likelihood of a deal before the 2020 election. The president’s comments, in posts on Twitter and remarks to the press, came just as his top negotiators were […]

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From Environmental Leader to ‘Worst Company in the World’

For years, the American agricultural giant Cargill has been on relatively good terms with environmental advocates, praised for agreeing to a landmark moratorium on buying soybeans grown on deforested land in the Amazon rain forest. In recent weeks, though, that relationship has soured over the company’s refusal to agree to a similar moratorium in another […]

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U.S. and China Resume Trade Negotiations With Slim Hopes for a Deal

WASHINGTON — Trade talks between the United States and China resumed on Monday with prospects dimming for a transformative deal, as both sides appeared more focused on preventing tensions from escalating before the 2020 presidential election than on resolving their differences. Negotiators from both countries are continuing to press for an agreement, but months of […]

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Under Brazil’s Far Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall

BRASÍLIA — The destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil has increased rapidly since the nation’s new far-right president took over and his government scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, ranching and mining. Protecting the Amazon was at the heart of Brazil’s environmental policy for much of the past two decades. At one […]

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