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.
July 19, 2012 Livestock and chicken farmers say the government's ethanol policy inflates fuel prices and forces them to compete with fuel companies for corn the fuel companies don't even want. This year, gas companies are required to buy 13 billion gallons of ethanol.