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Ten years later, has agriculture transformed?

The United Nations’ landmark 2009 International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) convened experts from around the world to investigate how agriculture can most effectively reduce hunger and poverty, improve rural livelihoods, and protect human health.

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Switzerland to stop exporting banned pesticides

Earlier this week the government of Switzerland announced that it will no longer allow exports of five pesticides that have long been banned in their own country due to known health and environmental harms. Given that pesticide industry giant Syngenta is based in Switzerland, this is incredibly significant — and very, very good news.

Kristin Schafer
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Dismantling the postal service hurts farmers and rural communities

One of the more exciting days on the farm is the one where we get a call just after 6 AM from the local post office telling us our hen chicks have arrived. After a short drive to pick up these small balls of fluff, we can go about giving them the care they need so they can form our next pasture-raised laying flock.

There is joy in giving these small lives a good start, but what happens when delivery is delayed and you open the box to find none of them left alive?

Rob Faux
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Farmworker health challenges go far beyond COVID-19

The severe health risks facing migrant farmworkers in no way began with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. For decades, the nation's 2.5 million farmworkers have suffered disproportionate health risks, including routine exposure to hazardous pesticides, heat stress, on-the-job injuries, and inadequate access to safe and healthy food, housing and healthcare.

Tucker Matta
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Gone with the wind: More uncertainty for rural Iowa

A massive derecho rampaged through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana on August 10 with devastating results. Winds were estimated to have reached 130 mph in places, leaving 1.9 million without power. The derecho ripped a path of destruction 50 to 60 miles wide and 770 miles long. Ten to fourteen million acres of agricultural production were flattened in Iowa, and over one-third of the state sustained significant damage from this powerful storm. A week later, people were still struggling to clean up, and power was not yet restored to over 68,000 households and businesses.

Rob Faux