Deadly Heat Threatens America’s Farmers

Deadly Heat Threatens America’s Farmers

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer USA Today reported that for thousands of farmworkers in the West, extreme heat is a deadly threat. Repeated exposure to temperatures above 100 degrees can cause dangerous heat stress in the human body resulting in heatstroke, death, or even exacerbated disease. Many farmworkers are immigrants without access to health […]

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Upward Growth for Indoor Farms

Upward Growth for Indoor Farms

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Indoor farms have become increasingly attractive to investors as ways to solve pandemic-induced disruptions to the harvesting, shipping, and sale of food. Vertical farms grow produce indoors in layers or vertical apparatuses inside warehouses or shipping containers. Artificial light, temperature control, and minimal soil use could make indoor farming […]

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Defining Regenerative Agriculture

Defining Regenerative Agriculture

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The American agriculture system is in need of an overhaul. A combination of more erratic weather resulting from climate change and years of soil depletion make it nearly impossible to simply continue monoculture farming. An approach called regenerative agriculture could change the system. But even as farmers and agriculture […]

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Florida Lawmakers Pass Bill Protecting Sugar Farms from Public Health Lawsuits click button

Florida Lawmakers Pass Bill Protecting Sugar Farms from Public Health Lawsuits

Last week, the Florida legislature passed a bill that gives the sugar industry protection from long-term public health damage lawsuits. The Florida sugar industry says it will protect farmers from frivolous lawsuits, but opponents and many environmental groups say if it becomes law, it would grant the industry immunity from accountability.

Why This Matters: Sugarcane agriculture in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) has health consequences for the surrounding humans, wildlife, and environment.

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Farmers in Northern Plains Brace For Drought

Farmers in Northern Plains Brace For Drought

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As summer approaches, the Northern Plains of the United States and the Canadian Prairies, which are the world’s key growing regions for canola and spring wheat, are experiencing a record-breaking drought.  Now, farmers fear that these parched fields won’t yield enough crop to satisfy unusually high demand. This fear […]

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Women’s Land Rights Key to Mitigating Climate Change

Women’s Land Rights Key to Mitigating Climate Change

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Women have played an integral role in agriculture since its beginnings, but now only 14% of the world’s land is owned by women.  Experts say that gender inequity is an obstacle in optimizing climate mitigation through better land-use practices..  Despite women representing more than half of all people who almost exclusively on land and […]

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