agriculture

Today’s farms are fewer and bigger.

Inexpensive corn might be good for you, but it's no good for corn farmers.

Prices are high, China is buying, and there's almost nothing they can't do.

We've seen what the $956 billion farm bill does. Now let's look at some of the criticisms.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Feb 3, 2014
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This week, Congress is voting on a farm bill that will set U.S. food policy for the next half-decade. Here's what's in it.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 28, 2014
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The FDA is trying to crack down on antibiotics use on farms. These economists say there's a better way.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 13, 2014
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A basic primer: Why antibiotic resistance is a problem, what farms have to do with it, and why some people think the FDA's rules don't go far enough.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 14, 2013
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A key practice to avoid soil erosion has been making surprising gains in the U.S. So why hasn't it caught on in the rest of the world?

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 9, 2013
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On Tuesday, Washington state residents will vote on whether to require genetically modified foods sold in stores to be labeled as such.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 4, 2013
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The date-labeling system for food in the United States is a mess, a new report argues. Here's how it got that way.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 28, 2013
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A recent study found that farming in Kansas could peak by 2040 unless serious water-saving measures are taken.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 12, 2013
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A look at new research on the effects — both good and bad — of covering the planet in pest-controlling chemicals.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 18, 2013
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Mom and pops still produce 87 percent of our food, because they've kept up with the times.

Why many great crops never go mainstream in America.

About 80 percent of the farm bill goes toward food stamps. Many Republicans want to change that.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 10, 2013
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The world's two largest economies are ready to allow the freer flow of commerce between them.

The good news: The world is getting better at farming. The bad news: We're not getting better quickly enough to satisfy growing demand.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 1, 2013
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That was unexpected. Farm bills typically sail through Congress with little real opposition.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jun 20, 2013
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The White House is threatening a veto over the bill's cuts to food-stamp programs. [Update: The farm bill got voted down 195-234.]

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jun 20, 2013
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It's 1,150 pages long, costs $955 billion over 10 years, and it's coming up for a vote on Monday evening.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jun 10, 2013
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