Ethanol isn't in the news much anymore, But in recent years the corn-based fuel industry has grown beyond expectations. With gas prices on the rise, ethanol may be ready for a come back.
Farmers often use low doses of antibiotics on their large farms to keep disease at bay. But critics say that's leading to drug resistant bugs that are killing people. A new court ruling will require the FDA to stop the use of two specific antibiotics, but activists are targeting the whole range of antibiotics used in animals.
In the United States, it's pretty easy to find Mexican mangoes on store shelves. But many say they're nowhere near as good as Pakistani mangoes. Now there's an effort to increase Pakistani mango imports to the United States, but there have been snags.
In Japan, there's a massive effort under way to figure out how to clean up the contamination from the radiation release at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Some wonder if it can even be done.
Dimitrios Georgas' winery is an oasis of economic security in Greece. He makes just 50,000 bottles of wine each year, sells direct to consumers whenever possible and lives a simple life.
As Spain's economy roared, Spanish farmers were able to sell their land for giant profits. But when the economy tanked, farmers who were poised to sell the land were stuck with higher tax bills and no one looking to build new developments.
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping along with several Chinese leaders visiting Iowa on Feb. 15 agreed to purchase $4.31 billion worth of U.S. soybeans from Iowa farms. China is expected to sign more deals with a total record purchase of 12 million tons of soybeans this year.
In a trip that's as much about Xi Jinping reconnecting with a country he visited in the 1980s as it is about a foreign country assessing him, the Chinese vice president, and presumptive next-in-line to be the nation's top leader, is kicking off a U.S. trip that will take him from the halls of power of Washington, D.C., to a farm in Iowa.
As the rain and water in Mozambique becomes less predictable and less suited to subsistence farming, aid groups and the local government are trying to help some change the way they farm so they're not so paralyzed by a flood or a drought. But there's a lot of work to do.
Nitrogen fertilizers have been crucial to feeding the increasing number of mouths on earth, but the pollution they leave behind has real consequences that have costs of their own.