Rooftop greenhouses on Monsanto’s Chesterfield Village Research Facility are an intermediary stage in the development of new seeds. Seeds are grown inside first then tested in greenhouses before being planted outdoors.
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The vast majority of the corn and soybeans in United States grow from seeds that have been genetically modified.
A corn field is shrouded in mist at sunrise in rural Springfield, Neb.
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For years, I've been hearing stories about the changing agricultural landscape of the northern plains. Grasslands are disappearing, farmers told me. They're being replaced by fields of corn and soybeans.
This week, the Supreme Court will take up a classic David-and-Goliath case. On one side, there's a 75-year-old farmer in Indiana named Vernon Hugh Bowman; on the other, the agribusiness giant Monsanto.
Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 8:36 am
A tractor spreads fertilizer at a dairy farm in Morrinsville, New Zealand.
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If you've ever played around with one of those carbon or water footprint calculators, you probably know that meat production demands a lot from the environment — a lot of oil, water and land. (Check out the infographic we did on what goes into a hamburger last year for Meat Week.)
But have you thought about your meat's phosphorus footprint? Probably not.