agriculture
Trump and Trade: The Perils for Agriculture

Trump and Trade: The Perils for Agriculture

The news is full of efforts to read the tea leaves of incoming President Trump’s startling and somewhat erratic pronouncements on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA was a bad deal, he says, and as a consummate dealmaker, he will tear up the...

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Seeds of Corporate Power vs Farmers’ Rights

Seeds of Corporate Power vs Farmers’ Rights

The consolidation of corporate power in agriculture has been in the news a lot lately, first with the proposed ChemChina-Syngenta and Dow-DuPont mergers, and now with Bayer’s proposal to purchase seed giant Monsanto. National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson...

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Zero Growth Can be Dynamic

Zero Growth Can be Dynamic

Growth is considered the foremost driver of prosperity. The growth rate of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) gives an immediate measure of how well a national economy is functioning. Such economic growth drives business expansion and job creation. The relatively low US...

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Menu for a Hot Planet

Menu for a Hot Planet

In many ways the human race hit the skids when we stopped throwing spears and gathering berries. Once we started planting seeds and harvesting the produce, we grew shorter, fatter, sicker, and considerably more overworked. An alien visiting from another planet during...

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Obama: Into Africa

Obama: Into Africa

President Obama is definitely “into” Africa. As much as possible in a world riven by multiple crises, the president has made the continent a focus of his policymaking. Turning his own Kenyan heritage into a personal bridge to the region, he has visited Africa three...

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