This election, immigration reform has often been reduced to sound bytes. For example, Donald Trump’s repeated call to “build the wall.” That simplified argument is disappointing for American farmers who rely heavily on immigrant labor.
In the hills north of San Francisco, a new form of farming is taking root. It's called biointensive farming, and it has the potential to give small farmers a much bigger impact on the global food supply.
Farm workers of Japanese and Mexican heritage created a multilingual and multiracial coalition to fight for fair wages. The organization had a short life, but it stands as a powerful example of interracial solidarity in the history of labor relations.
Congress just passed legislation to create a national GMO labeling standard. If signed into law, it would override more stringent measures that went into effect in Vermont on July 1. Neither the food industry nor advocacy groups that oppose GMOs are pleased with the result.
Thousands of species pollinate our plants and guarantee our food, but one particular bee specializes in the squash family. As ancestral farmers spread the cultivation of squashes through the Americas, the squash bee followed.
Some agriculture experts say demand for ethanol is to blame for the global crisis in food prices. They want Congress to back away from aggressive targets. But Living on Earth's Jeff Young finds little appetite for that on Capitol Hill.
In order to meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations, New Zealand must limit greenhouse gases from its biggest contributors, sheep and cattle. Mark Aspin (Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium) is developing livestock that produce less methane.
Dealing with large amounts of manure on industrial livestock farms has never been easy, environmentally sustainable, or profitable, but that's starting to change. Living on Earth reports on a growing industry that capitalizes on the power poop.
After years of searching for an alternative for the kill-everything soil fumigant methyl bromide, one company thinks it may have an answer: leftover mustard seeds from biofuel production. Amy Coombs reports.
European consumer demand for ethically grown food has forced a moratorium in Brazil that will drastically reduce new deforestation for growing soy beans. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Lindsey Allen, a forest campaigner for Greenpeace.
With the higher costs of staple foods like corn and wheat some are making record profits. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with The Economist's John Parker about what's causing the global food crisis and who benefits from high prices.
President Bush's veto of the massive farm bill was plowed under by Congressional members eager to bring home some election year bacon. Guest: Daniel Imhoff, author of "Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill," for the big picture.
The farm bill gives mixed messages to farmers when it comes to the environment ? boosting conservation programs at the same time it subsidizes harmful farming practices. Living on Earth's Jeff Young spent some time down on the farm to learn more.
Four decades ago, a group of South Americans joined together to create an ecological utopia. The village, called Gaviotas, was based on the idea that they could use limited resources to create a sustainable community. Guest: Journalist Alan Weisman