Dan Charles http://wmuk.org en Can Fish Farms Thrive In The USA? http://wmuk.org/post/future-clean-green-fish-farming-could-be-indoor-factories Why hasn't fish farming taken off in the United States?<p>It's certainly not for lack of demand for the fish. Slowly but surely, seafood that's grown in aquaculture is taking over the seafood section at your supermarket, and the vast majority is imported. The shrimp and tilapia typically come from warm-water ponds in southeast Asia and Latin America. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:07:00 +0000 Dan Charles 13464 at http://wmuk.org Can Fish Farms Thrive In The USA? Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It's Pricey http://wmuk.org/post/chickens-laying-organic-eggs-eat-imported-food-and-its-pricey The other morning, I found myself staring at something strange and unfamiliar: empty grocery shelves with the word "eggs" above them. The store, a Whole Foods Market in Washington, D.C., blamed, in another sign, the dearth on "increased demand for organic eggs."<p>This scene is unfolding in grocery stores across the country. But Whole Foods' sign wasn't telling the whole truth. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Dan Charles 12630 at http://wmuk.org Chickens That Lay Organic Eggs Eat Imported Food, And It's Pricey Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data? http://wmuk.org/post/should-farmers-give-john-deere-and-monsanto-their-data Starting this year, farmers across the Midwest can sign up for a service that lets big agribusiness collect data from their farms, minute by minute, as they plant and harvest their crops.<p><a href="http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/fieldscripts.aspx">Monsanto</a> and <a href="http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_INT/regional_home.page">John Deere</a> are offering competing versions of this service. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Dan Charles 11876 at http://wmuk.org Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data? Here's How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative http://wmuk.org/post/heres-how-young-farmers-looking-land-are-getting-creative Across the country, there's a wave of interest in local food. And a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/12/143459793/who-are-the-young-farmers-of-generation-organic">new generation</a> of young farmers is trying to grow it.<p>Many of these farmers — many of whom didn't grow up on farms — would like to stay close to cities. After all, that's where the demand for local food is.<p>The problem is, that's where land is most expensive. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Dan Charles 11403 at http://wmuk.org Here's How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses http://wmuk.org/post/drug-companies-accept-fda-plan-phase-out-some-animal-antibiotic-uses If drug companies follow <a href="http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm378100.htm">guidance</a> issued Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration, within three years it will be illegal to use medically important antibiotics to make farm animals grow faster or use feed more efficiently.<p>The FDA's announcement wasn't a big surprise; a draft version of the strategy was released more than a year ago.<p>The bigger news is that the two biggest veterinary drug companies, <a href="http://www.elanco.us/">Elanco</a> and <a href="http://www.zoetis.com/">Zoetis</a>, said Wednesday that Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:23:00 +0000 Dan Charles 10985 at http://wmuk.org Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses