Tag: agriculture

Healthy to Eat, Unhealthy to Grow: Strawberries Embody the Contradictions of California Agriculture

By Julie Guthman, University of California, Santa Cruz Agricultural abundance is a pillar of the California dream. In 2016 the state turned out more than US$45 billion worth of meat, milk and crops. Long before nutritionists agreed that fresh fruits and vegetables should be the…

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Study Exposes Dark Side of Coffee Cultivation in Uganda

By Lauren Stralo, Lehigh University Coffee represents a multi-hundred-billion dollar industry, consumed almost entirely by industrialized nations while being cultivated, harvested and exported by the world’s poorer nations. And although there has been recent attention to Fair Trade coffee—which brings more economic benefits to growers—Fair…

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Study Finds Disturbing Spike in Birth Defects in US Women Living Near Industrial Agriculture

By Justin Gardner An exhaustive new study is sounding the alarm over industrial pesticide use and its effect on human health. Pregnant women in California’s San Joaquin Valley have a significantly greater chance of premature birth or birth abnormalities if they live near agricultural fields…

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Class Action Suits Against Monsanto Mount as American Farmers Lose Millions of Acres of Crops

By Alex Pietrowski A growing amount of anger and outrage against Monsanto has culminated in a number class action lawsuits being filed against the agrochemcial giant. At issue now are the devastating effects of dicamba, a potent herbicide formulated for genetically modified seed. The product has…

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