Sustainable Living

Incubator farms nurture agriculture entrepreneurs

Incubator farms nurture agriculture entrepreneurs

“It’s giving me an opportunity to implement business ideas that I hadn’t had a chance to before,” said Damon Brangman, 43, an immigrant from Bermuda who wants to grow his own vegetables for the mobile juice business he runs with his wife in Ithaca.

Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed

The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling in 2012 by a district court that sided with several health and consumer organizations that sued the FDA after the agency decided against holding the hearings.

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

Cows are not efficient at converting feed to protein for human consumption, said lead author Gidon Eshel, an environmental physics professor at Bard College in New York.

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

Numerous investigations have taken place on farms in the past decade, leading to “food safety recalls, citations for environmental and labor violations, evidence of health code violations, plant closures, criminal convictions, and civil litigation,” the Idaho lawsuit says.

Brave new gardening for brave new climates

Brave new gardening for brave new climates

“Awareness is changing in a way that is here to stay,” said Brian Sullivan, a vice president for landscapes at The New York Botanical Garden.

Hop to it: Plant what you need to brew beer

Hop to it: Plant what you need to brew beer

“The modern palate pretty much demands some hops in beer, but beyond that, there’s a lot of choices available,” says Dennis Fisher, an organic farmer from Winterport, Maine.

Scientist gets World Food Prize for wheat advances

“It’s a great honor,” Rajaram said.

Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

Millions of six-month-old smolts are hitching rides in tanker trucks because California’s historic drought has depleted rivers and streams, making the annual migration to the ocean too dangerous for juvenile salmon.

New York is central in modified-food label debate

“New York is a pivotal state in this debate,” said Rick Zimmerman, executive director of the Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance, one of several industry groups fighting the proposed labels.

Food companies work with farmers on sustainability

Food companies work with farmers on sustainability

“Climate change and pressures on water supplies pose financial risk to our agricultural industry but it’s not just the corn belt’s problem,” said Brooke Barton, water program director at Ceres and co-author of the report, which argues that increased corn production has depleted land and water resources in some areas and contributed to increased water pollution from fertilizer runoff.