Agriculture doesn't have to degrade soils – it's possible for food production to enrich the earth, restore nutrients, conserve water, and prevent erosion.
Half the farmers in the US are 55 or older, which means fewer small-scale farmers in the future. At the same time, the agricultural sector may be a source of jobs for the 74.2 unemployed youth in the world.
The harvest brought in about $50 million more than last year. In spite of so many farmers growing the crop, they are unable to reach the volumes grown in the days of commercial farming.
Latin American cities have been using urban farming to address issues such as poverty and food insecurity. For instance, Lima, Peru, has implemented urban farming techniques such as water treatment plants to treat the city's wastewater.
RIICE (Remote Sensing-based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging Economies) is monitoring growth of rice in South and Southeast Asia through 2015. It is part of a plan to help rice farmers get timely responses from governments and NGOs.
Tyson Foods has won a bid to acquire Hillshire Brands for $7.7 billion, beating out an offer from Pilgrim's Pride. A look at what led up to the bidding war for Hillshire, ultimately resulting in Tyson making one of the biggest meat industry mergers ever.
An initiative from the International Fund for Agricultural development helps female farmers in Zambia with HIV raise goats. It's part of movement to reduce rural poverty in Zambia.
Shaun Strobel founded the first community supported fishery (CSF) on North America's West Coast in Vancouver, British Columbia. Food Tank asked him about the growing importance of buying directly from local fishermen and problems with today's global fisheries.