May Food & Farms in the News

photo: Stacey Cramp for The New York Times


Above: Stephen Leslie plows a field at his farm in Vermont with Cassima, left, and Tristan, a pair of Norwegian Fjord draft horses. The New York Times takes a look at his “Farm Equipment that Runs on Oats“.

More farmers are returning to pesticide use as GMO corn loses bug resistance.

Which is timely, given that unapproved genetically engineered Monsanto wheat has been found growing on a farm in Oregon.

And for one more (hot topic in May), GMO-related item: even food companies who want to use GMO-free ingredients are finding it difficult.

In economic alliances news, farmers and workers unite, finding ways of strengthening the food chain together.

An interesting look at the wild world of micro- and phytonutrients, and how our food has become consistently less nutritious–not just in recent decades, but for the past 10,000 years.

An amusingly blunt read on the dark side of backyard chicken ownership. (The NW author begs you to reconsider.)