October 4, 2012 Fortified peanut paste saves lives in Haiti and other places where malnutrition is a problem, but producing it locally costs more than importing it from faraway factories in Europe because of labor and other costs. Still, feeding programs are willing to pay a little more, for now.
October 4, 2012 For over a decade, peanut butter paste supplements like Plumpy'Nut have saved children around the world from malnutrition. Now health officials want to use the packets not just to save starving kids, but to keep them healthy in the first place. But will it work?
September 24, 2012 The Humane Society is accusing the Pork Producers Council of financing its lobbying efforts through a questionable sale of the slogan,"The Other White Meat." The lawsuit shines a spotlight on the odd and controversial world of agriculture "checkoff" programs.
September 20, 2012 Scientists question the methods and results of a new study showing harm to rats fed a diet of GMO corn and herbicide. But the debate is far from settled as interest groups call for a ban and governments ask for further studies.
September 14, 2012 Enlisting nomadic African herders finally helped the world eliminate the cattle plague rinderpest. But the veterinarians, who had the power to shut the program down, had to be rewarded for success, too.
September 4, 2012 Even though organic food has less pesticide residue, a new review of several recent studies finds scant evidence that it has more nutrients or fewer risky bacteria than conventionally grown food. But researchers note that organic agriculture can bring environmental benefits.
August 30, 2012 The farmers markets opening up in lower-income neighborhoods may not be as good a business for farmers, but they're helping build community. And they're making fresh food available that people might have thought was outside of their budget.
August 23, 2012 Graphic undercover video shines a light on dairies that send old and potentially sick cows to slaughter. Dairy cows spend their lives turning food into milk, not meat, and can suffer various ailments.
August 14, 2012 Thanks to low yields from the drought, corn prices are high, which means corn farmers make money. This is despite the impression from in many news reports that all farmers are suffering because of the weather.
August 8, 2012 Farmers are emptying some of the world's most important aquifers faster than rainfall can replenish them, which means less water for everyone. This map from the journal Nature shows where irrigation is doing the most damage.
August 2, 2012 Will tomorrow's U.S. supermarket stock 10 kinds of potatoes? Potato geneticist Chuck Brown hopes so. He's been working to introduce the American market to purple, orange and red potato varieties, and bring back the sizzle potatoes once enjoyed.