Agriculture

6:39am

Wed September 5, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

What's With Frosty? Why Isn't He Showing Up On Time?

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 6:57 am

iStockphoto.com

Check out this graph of America's "Growing Season" — it measures the number of continuous days and nights when it never gets below 32 degrees. You could call this our "frost-free" time of year. In many places, the frost-free season begins in the spring and ends somewhere in October.

As you can see, over the 20th century, it's been staying frost-free longer...and longer...and longer...

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4:01pm

Fri August 31, 2012
The Salt

Urbanization Puts Farms In Africa's Cities At Risk

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 2:15 pm

An urban farmer waters his plants near Bamako, Mali, where the government has set aside nearly 250 acres for market gardens.
donkeycart Flickr

4:09pm

Thu August 30, 2012
The Salt

Two Sides Prepare For California Genetically Modified Labeling Vote

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:30 am

California farmer Erik Freese pulls down a healthy ear of corn that has been genetically engineered to produce its own pesticide. He says genetic engineering has helped him to farm more sustainably.
Kathleen Masterson for NPR

This November, voters in California will decide whether the state should require labels on foods with genetically engineered ingredients. If the initiative, known as Proposition 37, passes, manufacturers would have to say somewhere on the front or the back of the food's packaging if the product contains or may contain genetically engineered ingredients.

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12:09pm

Thu August 23, 2012
The Salt

So, Who Sent Those Sick Cows To The Slaughterhouse?

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:00 am

A security guard opens the gate at the Central Valley Meat Co., the California slaughterhouse recently shut down by federal regulators after they received a graphic video of cows being mistreated.
Gosia Wozniacka AP

Federal regulators and fast-food companies reacted with unprecedented speed this week to the release of an undercover video that animal-rights activists shot inside a California slaughterhouse. The video — which, we'll warn you, is pretty graphic — shows employees of Central Valley Meat Co. using electric prods repeatedly on cattle that appeared unable to get to their feet.

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10:06am

Thu August 23, 2012
Agriculture

Colorado Sees Growth in Agricultural Exports This Year

cookbookman17 Creative Commons/Flickr

State officials say Colorado’s agricultural exports are on the rise. New figures show exports up 18 percent during the first six months of 2012, compared to the same period last year.

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