Nov 20, 2015

Fake pesticides endanger crops and human health in India

Millions of unsuspecting Indian farmers are spraying fake pesticides onto their fields, contaminating soil, cutting crop yields and putting both food security and human health at risk in the country of 1.25 billion people. The use of spurious pesticides has exacerbated losses in the ...

Colombia farmers make switch from cocaine to cocoa

Nov 12, 2015

Colombia farmers make switch from cocaine to cocoa

It was the murder — execution-style, in broad daylight — of a friend and fellow farmer in the Colombian countryside that prompted German Sanchez to finally heed government calls to get out of the cocaine trade and plant cocoa instead. Six years later, market ...

Nov 5, 2015

Italy top wine maker after big harvest; drought hits Spain

Italy is the biggest wine producer in the world this year, pushing France back into second place, as good weather in most European countries pushes up production — and keeps a lid on prices for consumers. The European Union’s farm federation said Wednesday that ...

Bacon fans brush off WHO cancer warning

Oct 31, 2015

Bacon fans brush off WHO cancer warning

Standing at the meat counter at a Mariano’s grocery store in Chicago, a half-dozen customers bantered with the butchers about the recent World Health Organization (WHO) report linking processed meat to colorectal cancer. “Give me two pounds (0.9 kg) of bacon,” said Roland Marks, ...