How to double farmers’ income: Agriculture is the new industry

Move over Industry. Agriculture is the next frontier. The US and EU are currently supporting agriculture the way they promoted industry in the 1930s. Which was, to put it in a nutshell: using the latest technology to maximise output, high tariffs to discourage imports and massive subsidies to push exports. Outsmarting everyone, China has acquired...

7 Shocking Reasons That WILL make you Go Organic. #3 is Worse.

1. It’s raining corn chemicals. U.S. farmers are using so much glyphosate, the main component of weedkillers like Roundup, that researchers are finding it in rain, the air, and streams. According to USDA data, farmers sprayed a whopping 57 million pounds of glyphosate on food crops in 2009—mainly on genetically engineered corn and soy crops....

The secret to richer, carbon-capturing soil? Treat your microbes well.

Imagine if someone invented machines to suck carbon out of the atmosphere — machines that were absurdly cheap, autonomous, and solar powered, too. Wouldn’t that be great? But we already have these gadgets! They’re called plants. The problem is, plants die. So there’s one hurdle remaining: We have to figure out how to lock away the carbon...