Tag: Agriculture and Farming

What’s Really in the Trade Deal Trump Announced With China

President Trump portrayed the “Phase 1” agreement he announced on Friday with China with typical fanfare, describing the pact as “massive” and “the largest contract” ever signed. “We made a fantastic deal,” Mr. Trump said during remarks on Tuesday at the White House. There are good reasons to be skeptical about those claims. The deal […]

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‘Our River Was Like a God’: How Dams and China’s Might Imperil the Mekong

ON THE MEKONG RIVER — When the Chinese came to the village of Lat Thahae, perched on a muddy bend of a Mekong River tributary, they scrawled a Chinese character on the walls of homes, schools and Buddhist temples. No one in this isolated hamlet in northern Laos could read what it said. But the […]

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For Both Trump and Xi, Trade Deal Comes Amid Growing Pressures at Home

BEIJING — The interim trade pact announced Friday between the United States and China came together as both country’s leaders faced mounting political pressures and rising economic worries at home. For months, President Trump has increased pressure on Beijing with higher tariffs on Chinese goods, insisting on a comprehensive trade deal that addressed a long […]

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Why Did a Vow to End Amazon Fires Falter? Blame ‘Cattle Laundering’

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. SERRA DO CACHIMBO BIOLOGICAL RESERVE, Brazil — A smoky, choking haze drifted over a lush rainforest reserve in the Brazilian Amazon last month, as fires lit […]

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A Trump Policy Shift Gives Farmers in Key 2020 States ‘Exactly What We Wanted’

PRIMGHAR, Iowa — In measured but increasingly impatient tones, Midwestern farmers and politicians delivered a message to President Trump: Fix the policies hurting corn prices and prompting ethanol plants to close, or risk alienating one of the most loyal parts of your political base. And last week, after a flurry of pressure from senators and […]

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Episode 5: The Land of Our Fathers, Part 1

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via Google Podcasts | Via Stitcher More than a century and a half after the promise of 40 acres and a mule, the story of black land ownership in America remains one of loss and dispossession. June and Angie Provost, who […]

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Trump, Facing Farmers’ Discontent, Plans Help for Ethanol

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture jointly proposed new rules on Friday that would increase ethanol consumption at the expense of oil refineries to help corn and soybean farmers buffeted by President Trump’s trade wars. The plan would overhaul the system of quotas for ethanol, a fuel that is made […]

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Runaway Bull Corralled and Tranquilized After Roaming the Streets of Baltimore

He had just finished a breeding session and was returning to the farm where he lives in western Maryland. But he apparently had other designs. The bull, a 1,500-pound Black Angus known simply as No. 33, somehow managed to escape from a cattle trailer as it passed through Baltimore. For the next three hours, the […]

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The Real Problem With Beef

ImageBurgers aren’t the biggest issue when it comes to beef and climate change. Steak is. CreditRikki Snyder for The New York Times The potentially unhealthful effects of eating red meat are so small that they may be of little clinical significance for many people. This finding, just released in multiple articles in the Annals of Internal […]

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In South Asia’s Onion Politics, India Plays Hardball

NEW DELHI — Truckloads of onions are being turned back at the border. Officials are threatening raids to prevent onion smuggling. India’s neighbors, reliant on hundreds of millions of pounds of the crop, are reeling from the news: not a single onion can leave India. Hit first by drought and then by monsoon rains, India […]

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Junk Food at Monticello? Alice Waters Helps Lead a Revolution

Alice Waters made her first pilgrimage to Monticello in 2011. Long an admirer of Thomas Jefferson, she marveled at the gardens full of heirloom varietals, like Tennis Ball lettuce and Marseilles fig, and paid homage to the man who praised small farmers as “the most valuable citizens,” Americans who are “tied to their country and […]

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40 Inches of Snow in Montana: ‘It’s a February Storm in September’

HELENA, Mont. — A powerful winter storm socked much of Montana with a wave of heavy snowfall on Sunday, with weekend totals climbing to 40 inches in some places, and breaking century-long daily records. Never mind that it has only just turned to fall. Gov. Steve Bullock declared a winter emergency as cars skidded off […]

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How to Develop an Appetite for Insects

Repeat after me: entomophagy. It’s derived from Greek and Latin: “entomon,” meaning “insect,” and “phagus,” as in “feeding on.” Some think it’s the future of food. In 2013, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released a report declaring the need to swap traditional protein sources for insects to support a sustainable future. […]

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Barred From Owning Land, Rural Chinese Miss Spoils of Country’s Success

XIAOXI, China — Every year, the message is the same: the government will fix China’s left-behind countryside through a raft of reforms. This year was no different, with measures meant to help farmers move to cities, educate their children, and invest in improving their land. But every year, the gap between village and city remains […]

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You Might Not Want to Eat Bugs. But Would You Eat Meat That Ate Bugs?

At an insect farm in Cape Town, the bugs are hungry. More than 8 billion flies being raised in South Africa by the start-up company AgriProtein gobble 250 metric tons of food and farm waste, like corn stalks, potato peelings and damaged vegetables, every day. “There’s actually no such thing as waste. It’s just stuff […]

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