An Instagram post from Local Roots Farm, as part of their guest stint for Modern Farmer. (See final news item for details.)
Last month’s most popular news item was a bit of a contentious piece, suggesting that it was time to stop romanticizing farms. Now the Guardian weighs in with a similar perspective, as does a Grist contributor. (Please note that the Grist article contains some salty language and a description of some disturbing imagery.)
It isn’t too often that you hear positive news about drones… Will Potter, an award-winning journalist, decided to start a Kickstarter project to buy drones to monitor industrial feedlots and factory farms. The idea is to circumnavigate “ag-gag” laws across the country that make it illegal to expose the unsanitary and inhumane conditions found in much of industrial animal agriculture.
A WSU study “has found that organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues,” and has been all over the news this month. Here’s the original.
One thousand sighs. “A divided federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy allowing the use of various antibiotics in animal feed, even if such use might endanger the public health.”
In water news important for farmers–and humans–everywhere, Grist parses out the four key takeaways of the economic and environmental toll of California’s severe drought.
Some big food companies are carefully, and very quietly, dumping GMO ingredients from their products.
Modern Farmer offers another series of photos that capture the strange and terrible beauty of industrial agriculture. This time the focus is on monoculture. (You can find more photos at the link to the book, “The Third Day”.)
Vox offers some interesting maps and infographics about how much different countries spend on food.
Ever wonder what the difference in climate and environmental impacts between, say, a tomato, and some beef? EWG breaks it down.
A look into some limitations–and sometimes in the case of imports, fraud–of the ‘organic’ label.
And finally, if you were waiting for one more reason to join Instagram (besides following the Farmland Trust), Modern Farmer has been handing over the ModFarm Instagram account to guest farmers each week. Turns out their first guest farmers were our friends over at Local Roots Farm, in the Snoqualmie Valley! (Currently they’re featuring a farm in Australia.) If you want to see gorgeous photos featuring farms and daily farm life from all over the world, ModFarm is the feed to follow.