How Sustainable is SUSTAIN?

It was a corporate initiative supporters claimed could mainstream sustainable agriculture. Now critics are wondering how much impact it’s really having. When Land O’ Lakes, the dairy giant, announced SUSTAIN, an ambitious program designed to reduce nitrogen-based...

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Farming off the Grid

Everyone knows farms draw a lot of energy to run. While power costs usually comprise only 2% of farms’ overhead, that’s still $10,000+ annually in costs. There’s significant variation depending on what commodities the land produces. If you raise cattle, that median...

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5 Ways to Fix Mass Food Production

Though it’s bigger than ever, the industrial food complex is under heavy criticism these days. Environmentalists fault it for chemical runoff, biodiversity loss, and depletion of water and soil. Animal rights activists decry squalid conditions inside factory farms....

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5 Key Challenges for Organic Farmers

So you want to become an organic farmer? You’re not alone. In fact, you’re part of a trending practice that’s worth billions of dollars. Analysts have pegged industry growth among organic farms at just over 6%. That may not sound too impressive until you realize that...

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