Five of the six biggest companies that produce and sell seeds and chemicals to the world’s farmers are pursuing deals that could leave a market dominated by just three giant, global companies. Most Americans aren’t farmers. But these moves would trigger structural changes to the foundations of our food system and impact all Americans, whether or not they buy seeds, fertilizer or herbicides.
Some of the world's biggest agribusiness companies have plans to team up to get bigger. To understand the significance of this consolidation, you have to go back a century to look at how the industry got to where it is today.
After dueling reviews of research studies, scientific panels from the U.S. government and the World Health Organization are having a hard time agreeing whether glyphosate, the most common weed killer in the United States, can cause cancer. Known by the brand name RoundUp, glyphosate is sprayed on farm fields and lawns all across the country.
Nestled among acres of wheat fields and rows of corn, the Land Institute of Salina, Kansas, may seem an unlikely Mecca for environmental activists. After decades of leading the charge to develop alternative ways of raising grain, the facility still attracts crowds hunting for hunting for sustainable agricultural solutions.
Watching Our Water, part 5: Farming in the fertile Midwest is tied to an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, but scientists are studying new ways to lessen the Midwest’s environmental impact.
Watching Our Water, part 3: While federal regulations have successfully cut back some types of water pollution, most have little muscle in combating what is one of the Midwest’s biggest environmental problems: agricultural runoff.