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Name That Orange! The Modern Farmer Guide to Orange Varieties

Dan Nosowitz Modern Farmer
These are a very few of the many varieties of oranges. Oranges were likely first cultivated in southern China (references to the fruit can be found in region’s literature as far back as 314 BC). They’ve since been hybridized, re-hybridized, and altered so much that there are hundreds of orange varieties throughout the world. Can you tell the difference between varieties?


4-H: Indoctrination Nation

Sarah McColl Modern Farmer
The nonprofit National 4-H Council accepts donations from a veritable who’s who of Big Ag: Monsanto, ConAgra, DuPont, and Altria each gave at least a million dollars in 2015. A lot of cultural norms around gender and sexuality are directly illustrated by the history of 4-H.


The Hidden Radicalism of Southern Food

John T. Edge New York Times
In the South, America has identified food-system problems and developed solutions. Today, as Americans agitate for food sovereignty, the bold agricultural ideas conceived in the late 1960s by Fannie Lou Hamer and other radical Southerners suggest paths for us to follow out of our food deserts.

In North Carolina, Pigs Don’t Fly but Their Feces Do

Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan Democracy Now!
Billions of gallons of pig feces and urine are collected in lagoons, mixed with blood and rotting pig body parts. To keep these fetid ponds from overflowing, the toxic liquid is pumped skyward with enormous spray devices, aerosolizing the waste, which is carried away by the wind.

Your Farm Is Trying to Kill You

Ian Kullgren Politico
Far from a bucolic idyll, farming in America is one of its most dangerous professions. And almost no one is trying to change that.

Why Progressives Should Care About US Agricultural Policy

Mark Willsey Truthout
For the progressive movement to make inroads in communities like mine, it needs to put forward a serious plan for how the US government can stop subsidizing corporate farms and instead return the land to small family farmers who work the land. Farmers should not have to farm 20,000 acres of rented land just to make a living.


In South Texas, Fair Wages Elude Farmworkers, 50 Years After Historic Strike

John Burnett NPR
A lot has changed since 1966, when watermelon workers in the South Texas borderlands walked out of the melon fields in a historic strike to protest poor wages and appalling working conditions. What hasn't changed is the work: It's as brutal as ever. Workers are vulnerable to getting cheated by growers and crew bosses. Texas — with the third-largest population of farmworkers after California and Florida — has some of the lowest agricultural wages in the country.

Friday Nite Videos -- July 8, 2016

Officer Nakia Jones Talks About the Alton Sterling Shooting. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Why We Need to Stop the TPP. How the Cannabis Business Community Pays Taxes. Gretchen Carlson Is Suing Fox News' CEO. This Might Be Why. This Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less Water.
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