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Fracking Tests Ties Between California ‘Oil and Ag’ Interests

Published: 
Mon, 06/03/2013 - 10:29pm
Category: 
Energy

Scattered on either side of Shafter Avenue just north of the town center here, new oil pump jacks, some bobbing and others thrusting, tower above this corner of California’s prime farmland.

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Livestock Falling Ill in Fracking Regions, Raising Concerns About Food

Published: 
Tue, 03/12/2013 - 1:08pm
Category: 
Shopping & Food

In the midst of the domestic energy boom, livestock on farms near oil-and-gas drilling operations nationwide have been quietly falling sick and dying. 

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As Biofuel Demand Grows, So Do Guatemala’s Hunger Pangs

Published: 
Mon, 01/14/2013 (All day)
Category: 
Shopping & Food

GUATEMALA CITY — In the tiny tortillerias of this city, people complain ceaselessly about the high price of corn. Just three years ago, one quetzal — about 15 cents — bought eight tortillas; today it buys only four. And eggs have tripled in price because chickens eat corn feed.

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Harvesting a Climate Disaster

Published: 
Wed, 09/12/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Shopping & Food

FARMERS went to Washington yesterday. Members of a coalition representing more than 80 agricultural organizations rallied on Capitol Hill to demand passage of a new farm bill that has been stalled in Congress.

The Democratic-led Senate has already passed its version of the bill; the Republican-controlled House is squabbling over a competing approach (one that sharply cuts food aid to the poor). Irate farmers want both sides to shut up and pass something that can replace the current farm bill, which expires on Sept. 30.

All of the parties, though, are focused on the wrong thing.