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Residents of Japanese town band together to create rice art

Aomori - Around 8,000 residents of the town Inakadate in Aomori Prefecture banded together to create some incredible art using simple arrangementsof rice.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Saputo rejects milk from abused cattle

The food conglomerate Saputo has turned down milk from Chilliwack Cattle Sales. This comes after a video detailing horrific animal abuse by those involved with the cattle company.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

Antibody rich milk protects piglets

Antibodies against parasites are transferred via the sow’s very first milk to the piglets immediately after birth. Based on this, researchers are looking at ways to increase the level of these antibodies in sows to boost the health of piglets.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

U.S. rancher asks forgiveness, but defends 'racist' remarks

Los Angeles - A U.S. rancher who has become an unlikely anti-government ring-leader begged forgiveness for remarks criticized as racist, while insisting he was one of the most "non-racist people in America.
In the Media by AFP

Racism taints U.S. rancher in folk hero standoff

Los Angeles - A Nevada cattle rancher has become the unlikely ring-leader of an armed right-wing militia, billing himself as a people's hero locked in a showdown with U.S. federal authorities.
In the Media by Michael Thurston (AFP) - 3 comments

Disease threatens world's bananas, says UN

Rome - The United Nations warned on Monday of the potential "massive destruction" of the world's banana crop if a disease affecting the most popular variety spreads from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.
In the Media by AFP

Farmers concerned by large Monsanto data collection

While farmers are already heavily reliant on algorithms and tablets for planning their seed-planting, they are concerned that big seed sellers like DuPont and Monsanto could be cashing in on an orgy of crop data.
In the Media by Michael Thomas - 1 comment

Pasturing pigs a better way to raise pork but will consumers pay?

Thanks to a society looking at humane treatment of animals, even those destined for the dinner table, some farmers have opted to raise the prime meat animal that supplies us with that delectable meat — bacon — in pastures rather than stalls.
In the Media by W. Mark Dendy - 12 comments

Cargill invests in Ukraine grain giant

Kiev - US agricultural trading giant Cargill has acquired five percent of Ukraine's biggest farming producer Ukrlandfarming, as the companies team-up to boost exports to China and other emerging markets.
In the Media by AFP

Ticks pose a risk to sheep populations

Tick bites are responsible for a high death rate in sheep, according to a new study. Researchers have called for new measures to be taken to reduce the incidence of ticks.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 6 comments

Kenya: Farmer group lauded for promoting regional integration Special

Agricultural experts and farmers attending a three-day workshop in Kenya have hailed the giant farmers body for being effective and people-driven in the promotion of regional integration.
Digital Journal Report by Evans Kanini

Videos: So-called 'humane' chicken hatchery exposed for cruelty

The first video you will see (above) tells you how wonderful and clean this chicken hatchery is, and how well the chicks are treated and what a wonderful life they have. Then the second video shows you what is actually happening at this company.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Funny Or Die parodies Chipotle's 'imagination' advertisement

Following the release of Chipotle Mexican Grill's long-form animated advertisement, comedic site Funny Or Die issued a spoof of the commercial - tying Chipotle's video to a commentary on consumer manipulation.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Photo Essay: Discovering Lanzarote's volcanic farming techniques Special

Arrecife - On the Canary Island of Lanzarote, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the visitor can admire the ways the people of this unusual volcanic island have adapted their farming techniques to cope with an unforgiving yet spectacular environment.
Digital Journal Report by Lesley Lanir - 2 comments

Photo Essay: Around the farm Special

Agriculture possibly started roughly 10,000 years ago in what is now known as Iraq, based on evidence left behind such as animal bones and stone tools. Agriculture allowed human populations to increase dramatically from those of hunter gatherers.
Digital Journal Report by Kyle Ashmead - 4 comments

EU considers restricting the use of antibiotics for farming

The European Medicines Agency has recommended that farmers stop using certain antibiotics , citing human health concerns.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Mangroves and locals threatened by El Salvador tourism aid plans Special

Communities and mangroves are under threat from plans to develop the east coast of El Salvador, according to local groups and environmentalists.
Digital Journal Report by Lara Whyte - 3 comments

Dr. Ann Clark gives the goods on GMO and organic foods Special

We love food in North America. We wonder if the higher cost of organics is worth it and just how concerned about GMO food we should be as we pick up strawberries in the dead of winter.
Digital Journal Report by KJ Mullins - 2 comments

Scottish mowing event cancelled due to lack of grass

But behind the headline lies a tale of the severe effects the prolonged cold spell, which has gripped north west Europe, is having on farmers' crops and livestock all the way from Scotland to the south of France.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 4 comments

TopFinds: Samsung's curved OLED TV, rare giant squid filmed

At CES, Samsung reveals its unique OLED TV. A rare giant squid was caught on video for the first time. The family of Robert Levinson has released new pictures showing the missing former FBI agent in chains. These are the top stories on Digital Journal.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 1 comment

Photo essay: A little bit of life in the countryside of Spain Special

Even in winter, the countryside in southern Spain has something to offer. Warm sunshine, wildflowers blooming and farmers working the fields.
Digital Journal Report by Anne Sewell - 10 comments

Photo Essay: Target 100 event brings the farm to the city Special

Sydney - Target 100 is a commitment to deliver sustainable cattle & sheep farming in Australia by 2020. On 17 and 18 December a virtual farm was set up in the heart of Sydney’s central business district to promote the initiative.
Digital Journal Report by Richard Milnes - 4 comments

Documentary: Belo Horizonte, Brazil — The city that beat hunger

Belo Horizonte - This short documentary (12 minutes) shows how Belo Horizonte, a city of 2.5 million people in Minas Gerais, Brazil, came up with a policy to ensure that no citizen went hungry.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Video: Food hero, the Nelson family — Organic dairy farmers

Altura - The video introduces us to the Nelson family, organic dairy farmers, and explains their transition from conventional to sustainable, and the impact it has had on their health and well-being.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

Florence restaurant lets patrons pay for food with fresh produce

Florence - What if the next time you chose to dine out, you could leave your wallet behind at home? A new restaurant set to open in Florence, Italy, is about to make the prospect a reality, allowing patrons to pay for their meals with fresh produce, in lieu of cash.

Eat The Big Apple — Literally Special

New York - New York City is one of the most densely populated places in the world, but it also has a vibrant food production scene. Author Robin Shulman profiles it, and the people behind it, in her new book.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 1 comment

Cultivate Festivals heading to Denver and Chicago later this year

Not only will the upcoming Cultivate Festivals bring out the food and music,they will benefit a non-profit organization that works with family farmers and organizations.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

France bids farewell to Jocko the Bull, thousands of cows widowed

Last month Jocko Besne, the most prodigious breeding bull in France died in Loire-atlantique department in western France. Following Jocko's death, an estimated 400,000 offspring have been left fatherless.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 2 comments

A Seedy Saturday in Nova Scotia Special

Truro - Seeds and plant biodiversity were the focus of attention during a Seedy Saturday event recently held in a Nova Scotia town.
Digital Journal Report by Lynn Curwin - 3 comments

Rampaging Elephants Threaten Zimbabwe Farms

Beitbridge - A herd of stray elephants have destroyed fences and crops at the Shashe irrigation scheme close to the borders of Botswana and South Africa in Zimbabwe.
In the Media by Anthony Organ
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Old farm house in central Nebraska
Old farm house in central Nebraska
A New Mexico farm
City of Albuquerque Open Space
A New Mexico farm
Cachi the Golden Lab and Wapi  the German Pointer.
Cachi the Golden Lab and Wapi, the German Pointer.
Nothing but fields and more fields  all getting ready to be harvested  New Richmond  WI
Nothing but fields and more fields, all getting ready to be harvested, New Richmond, WI
Some sheep in Martin Place for the Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event.
Some sheep in Martin Place for the Target 100 sustainable cattle and sheep farming event.
At the IHT Luxury Conference on Friday  Bono described Africa as  remarkable creative  and entrepren...
Kevin Ito
At the IHT Luxury Conference on Friday, Bono described Africa as "remarkable creative, and entrepreneurial," and reminisced about conversations he shared with friends at EDUN's launch in 2005. "Our African friends said to us... 'Is it another charitable project?' And we're like, 'No, it's a business.' 'Oh thank GOD.'"
Views of the Coin countryside.
Views of the Coin countryside.
SHELLFISH: Workers harvest oysters at Drakes Bay Oyster Co.  California s last oyster cannery  north...
Frank Schulenburg/Wikimedia Commons
SHELLFISH: Workers harvest oysters at Drakes Bay Oyster Co., California"s last oyster cannery, north of San Francisco.
Farmer working on his field of oats.
Farmer working on his field of oats.
Merriam turkeys.
Merriam turkeys.
Views of the Coin countryside.
Views of the Coin countryside.
Farmer working on his field of oats.
Farmer working on his field of oats.
Views of the Coin countryside.
Views of the Coin countryside.
looking across the fields to the next farm  New Richmond  WI
looking across the fields to the next farm, New Richmond, WI
Views of the Coin countryside.
Views of the Coin countryside.
Orange tree
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Orange tree
Horses in the rain.
Horses in the rain.
A giant screen is set up at Martin Place  Sydney  as part of a Target 100  
event aimed at deliverin...
A giant screen is set up at Martin Place, Sydney, as part of a Target 100 event aimed at delivering sustainable cattle and sheep farming by 2020.

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