Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has ordered the revision of a forecasting model related to congressional climate legislation that makes the conversion of farmland to forests more lucrative than producing food.
Dec 30, 2009 The Washington Times
Agricultural investors are buying up abandoned and empty land in Detroit -- making a big wager on the future of the city as a farm town.
Dec 30, 2009 Los Angeles Times
To protect the endangered Delta Smelt fish, pumping of water from California's Sacramento Delta has been drastically cut back. Add in the state's three-year-long drought, and the result is a major problem for the state's people and farmers.
Oct 28, 2009 The Economist
Global warming is a problem, says climate scientist Jonathan Foley, but it's not the only one. The other major problem facing the global environment is a pattern of land use for agriculture that is grossly unsustainable.
Oct 23, 2009 Yale Environment 360
Legislators in California are forming a special session to try to tackle the state's crippling water woes. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping they can hammer out a deal within the week.
Oct 15, 2009 The New York Times
Monitoring how much water is diverted from rivers and pumped from wells is notoriously difficult. But now, researchers have developed a new way to track usage.
Sep 15, 2009 The Washington Post
Eating local is in vogue, as the environmental impacts of industrialized agriculture surface. But is eating local really the right response? One author says maybe not.
Sep 6, 2009 Forbes
Water restrictions on farms in the state have atrophied jobs in the fertile Central Valley, giving communities some of the highest rates of unemployment in the state. As jobs dry up, the need for aid is surpassing what's there to give.
Sep 3, 2009 The Wall Street Journal
This video from the <em>BBC</em> looks inside some of the 200 urban farms that provide vegetables for Havana and the rest of Cuba.
Aug 29, 2009 BBC
A Dutch hydrological engineer has developed a new way to measure the environmental impact of humans: the "water footprint".
Aug 28, 2009 Der Spiegel