agricultural economy





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6/19/2013
Daedong Industrial, a global agricultural manufacturing company, celebrated its 66th anniversary in May 2012.
11/14/2008
As modern farms increase production using monoculture crops, the nutritional value of the harvests diminishes, along with the economic stability and self-reliance of the farmers and their local communities.
9/12/2008
Country of origin labeling will be required on many types of meat, fruits and vegetables starting Sept. 30.
6/17/2013
A western Massachusetts community rallies to save a generations old farm.
1/27/2009
After testing 55 common food products containing HFCS, researchers found mercury in nearly one-third.
2/13/2009
Tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture to abandon their efforts to create and enforce a National Animal Identification System. We've made it easy for you with sample wording and directions on where to submit your comments.
11/6/2009
The voting outcome of Ohio's Issue 2 is seen as a win for industrial agriculture.
3/21/2014
Western Missouri farmer Bryce Oates shares his thoughts on the USDA's once-in-five-years census.
9/23/2008
Congress is accused of bait-and-switch tactics when they propose millions in reductions to the conservation-related program assistance that helped pass the 2008 farm bill.  
8/3/2009
Legislation to control the use of antibiotics on the farm is gaining momentum in D.C., and emotions on both sides of the issue are heating up. Tell us what you think of the bill.
2/26/2009
It took a long time to get into this mess. It will take a while to get out of it.
2/17/2009
Are we spending too many resources to restore an economic system that was broken anyway? It's time for a new economy.
3/16/2009
It turns out that there are a few bright spots amidst the recession — and it looks like less waste might be one of them. 
3/4/2009
If you’re interested in a green career, here’s some helpful advice.
9/15/2009
American wealth and influence are often attributed to free enterprise and the personal liberty promised in the Constitution. While it’s true they've been conducive to economic success, we also had an enormous head start in the race to dominate the industrial revolution - with our sparsely populated continent packed with natural resources. The question is, how well will our free enterprise system work in a world with far fewer resources?
11/4/2010
Do we have a national goal in America? Would this be a good one?
2/27/2009
The new economy promises an abundance of green jobs. Are you ready?
10/15/2008
The low gas prices are something to celebrate in the short-run, but the cause is something that deserves a second, less optimistic outlook.
7/3/2013
Notes on immigrant farm labor and livable wages.
11/5/2010
According to a recent Congressional Research Service report, nearly  40 programs, from land conservation to support for beginning farmers and ranchers, are set to lose funding in the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill.
1/19/2009
It's hard to shop responsibly sometimes, especially for meat. There are so many different label claims that it's hard to remember which are meaningful and which are just fluff. Here's a handy reference card that will give more power to your purchases.
1/4/2010
There are a lot of changes we'd like to see made to our food system this year. Add your own.
9/19/2008
The  U.S. Food and Drug Administration is accepting public comment regarding a draft Guidance for Industry #187 — to clarify regulation of genetically altered animals.
5/8/2009
The Center to Expose and Close Animal Factories employs a strong legal background to take on industrial agriculture. Learn about their plan to clean up the business for good.
9/9/2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on how to implement the new Conservation Stewardship Program. Here's the lowdown, plus instructions on how to submit your opinion — it's easy!
9/25/2008
When I'm introduced to a new acquaintance, the introduction often ends with, "Bryan farms." Like it's the most interesting thing about me. Well, maybe it is.
2/9/2011
The T7 Series fuel economy is attributed to the design of the engine. With the SCR technology, the engine “breathes” clean air, instead of re-circulated exhaust gases, allowing the engine to simply do what it’s designed to do: produce maximum power.
5/7/2013
As Congress considers the 2013 Farm Bill, it has the opportunity to enact legislation that protects and supports the nation's family farmers and market gardeners, in addition to protecting consumers and the environment.
7/12/2013
Learn how to request your “closed” complete pesticide complaint file from the State agency through the Freedom of Information Act.
9/19/2012
Calling all gardeners — If you want to view a remarkable series of photographs of vegetables as art, check out Lynn Karlin’s exhibit, Taking a Stand: the Pedestal Series.  You can view the series here http://goo.gl/K1apd or at the Maine Farmland Trust in Belfast, Maine from September 28 to November 14th.
7/6/2011
Green Earth Technologies is a “totally green” clean tech company that combines sustainable, American sourced, bio-based ingredients with proprietary technologies shaped around the four ideologies of being GREEN: biodegradable, renewable, recyclable and environmentally safe.
10/16/2008
Sustainable farming expert Michael Pollan has some words of wisdom for the next president of the United States.
6/25/2009
Smithfield's hog farms produce a lot of meat and make a lot of money, but at what cost? Can we continue to look the other way as they pollute  waters, abuse animals and terrorize their neighbors?
5/21/2014
As the planetary ecology falters, and finite resources are depleted, communities everywhere will be challenged to create vibrant local economies that function within and help to renew local ecosystems.
7/30/2014
One of our readers made a fiberglass and carbon fiber roof for his own home-built MAX high-mileage sports car, and here's how he did it.
1/23/2011
2011 Fuel Economy Contests in several locations in the U.S.
2/17/2009
Yep, some of the money in that stimulus bill is committed to green initiatives, including creating green jobs.
2/3/2011
Cam is glad to find out that he has been successful at encouraging people to embrace renewable energy.
3/27/2009
The negative effects of the recession are painfully clear, but is there a silver lining hiding among the clouds? There's some evidence that the recession might means good news for the environment, and you might find it in your own home. Check it out, and let us know what you think.
4/30/2012
Learn more about commons-based economy on May 7th, 2012, in London, sponsored by the School of Commoning.
11/26/2008
Shopping and lack of shopping is a hot topic right now with the economy, but it's also a question of what your holidays are all about. What would your celebrations be like without (or without so many) presents?
7/12/2010
The Rally Green starting flag drops in Knoxville Iowa, Sunday August 15, beginning a cross country fuel economy rally ending in San Francisco the folowing Saturday. MAX will be there and going for the gold.
12/1/2008
Twenty-nine environmental groups created a plan for Obama's transition team, explaining what environmental issues need to be addressed in order to create a green economy.
9/24/2010
How much energy does it take to travel? Can we collect this from the vehicle while we are using it?
1/6/2009
Environmental groups want supporters to write Congress to ensure that the new economic stimulus package includes green jobs.
6/16/2014
MAX won an award at the 2014 Maker Faire Bay Area for...gosh, we don't really know, but it was best in its class.
6/29/2011
MAX got some new lager diameter wheels. They should do the job and the price was right, and as a bonus, they look terrific.
8/23/2012
An introduction to DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes' 2D CAD software. It's professional quality and it's free, and Jack is converting all the MAX fabrication drawings to DraftSight .dmg documents.
4/4/2011
Engine efficiency depends on rpm (among other things) and slower isn't always better. More wisdom from the Honey Bear.
8/25/2010
MAX is back at the shop, awaiting diagnosis and correction of an overheating problem, plus some additional body work before its next venture.
2/21/2011
Hybrid cars save fuel by shutting the engine off at idle (among other things). Does MAX burn enough fuel at idle to be worth the effort? Our honey bear can tell us.
7/29/2011
We're cleaning up the details on MAX. One of the finishing touches is clear streamlined headlight covers, and here's how I made them.
9/19/2012
Does 100 mpg fuel economy justify cross-country recreational travel? Maybe so and maybe not, but I need to be careful—increasing fuel efficiency can increase fuel consumption if you increase your driving, too.
1/15/2012
MAX at its first autocross. Hey, it's a sports car, right?
8/7/2011
MAX ran with the motorcycles in the Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge, with surprisingly high marks--127 miles per gallon. Surprising to the author, at least.
3/6/2011
MAX got a new set of high efficiency Goodyear tires, and a second set of wheels so we can do comparison testing. Will the difference be detectable to our low budget testing technology?
4/4/2012
Comparing today’s cars that get 40 mpg or better to the high-mpg cars of a few decades ago is neither an accurate nor fair comparison.
2/16/2012
A video demonstration of MAX's windscreen, which deflects air around the driver's face with minimal aerodynamic drag.
11/27/2010
A question about our future.
2/6/2009
Contact your senators now to encourage them to support the clean energy initiatives in the new stimulus package.
2/5/2013
The first civilian-built MAXes are nearing completion, and here are a couple of them that are rolling under their own power.
1/31/2011
Technology marches on. It comes at a price, but a FloScan fuel consumption and mileage meter could give me instant feedback on MAX's fuel efficiency.
10/20/2012
Climate Change is a real threat to the future of humankind, but within that threat is the seed of opportunity.
7/27/2010
In the interest of making MAX a smidgeon safer, I've added side bumpers to the passenger compartment. Here's why I made them this way.
5/26/2010
Peckham’s Village Bicycle Project donates used bicycles and parts to poor families in Africa, and the effects have been life-changing.
5/4/2011
Using MAX to test a tubing streamlining material, resulted in a significant reduction in drag.
11/17/2010
We're looking at a handful of low cost improvements, and since MAX is undergoing repairs at the moment, this is a good time to make them.
12/26/2011
A car's electrical consumption adds to its fuel consumption. For MAX, turning off the headlights improves fuel economy by roughly 4 mpg.
5/15/2012
How much power and performance does a car need for a guy to get a gal's attention? According to MAX fans, not very much.
3/4/2012
To improve MAX's versatility, the passenger seat is removable, which converts MAX from a couple carrier to a cargo carrier.
12/1/2010
Hybrid-Like Fuel Economy Starts at $18,895; Goes on Sale in January
9/2/2010
How will we live with no gas at the pump and no power in the grid?
7/5/2011
MAX got a smog test at an Oregon DEQ Vehicle Testing Station, and passed with high marks.
8/22/2010
Jack missed Rally Green and MAX has a mysterious overheating problem.
8/6/2012
MAX gets a temporary mash-up of old and new style body parts (the new nose is at the fiberglassers' having a mold made so we can make more of them) to get road-legal for a trip to Canada.
7/22/2010
Results of the long-awaited cooling system test, which shows how little air MAX needs through the radiator.
5/21/2011
Some burglar wanted my Millermatic 180 more than I did, I guess. Here's why I liked it and why I'm going to get another one.
8/3/2010
The clock is ticking and I've been taking some shortcuts on getting MAX ready for Rally Green ... and some have turned into long cuts. I need to work smarter, not faster.
4/22/2009
You can save gas and money by keeping your tires correctly inflated. And now a group of high school students has launched a project to encourage drivers to regularly check their tires.
8/18/2011
On a summertime cross country trip from Oregon to Ohio, I restricted MAX's radiator inlet air a little at a time, demonstrating that very little inlet area (28 square inches) provides sufficient air for cooling.
10/5/2011
Homegrown vegetables are a lesson for kids in where food comes from.
2/29/2012
A list of links to orgs, associations, websites, books, and other resources related to local economies, community resilience, green business, corporate social responsibility, green jobs, environmental and social entrepreneurship, and investment.
7/9/2014
In a post-carbon agriculture, much of the work of growing food will be done through physical labor and one in six of us will need to have our hands in the dirt. How do we foster a new generation of 50 million fit farmers?
5/23/2014
MAX is getting a garage mate. We're building a high-mileage pickup truck for those jobs that a sports car can't do, and this post outlines what we're starting with.
8/12/2011
The Farm Aid concert is a chance for us to shine a spotlight on these people who work every day to put good food on our tables.
2/16/2012
Building a vibrant local community through local economics and rural culture.
6/7/2011
For the first time ever, Diesel motorcycles publicaly demonstrate their potential in real riding.
6/14/2011
Barter markets--great big swap meets where you can trade what you don't want for things that you do--have become commonplace in Spain and are spreading throughout Europe. This video shows why we may want to start those over here.
8/29/2011
Jack took MAX to a local car show and found that even if they're not looking for high mileage, folks think MAX is cool.
6/29/2012
Jack has dismantled MAX's body and is making molds from the body parts, so other MAX-like car builders won't have to duplicate his work.
9/8/2010
MAX is getting prepped for paint, and all the essential bodywork is done for the new, streamlined roadster body.
1/21/2009
ASES released a report that says 37 million green jobs are possible by 2030. Check out the study here!
8/12/2011
At the Vetter Fuel Challenge in Ohio, vehicles powered by electricity, diesel and gasoline competed to see who would consume the least fuel in dollars and cents.
2/7/2011
Volkswagon's high mileage (1 liter of fuel per 100 kilometers) car is getting closer to production. Expect to see 100 of these available to the public in 2013.
2/23/2011
Learn more about the upcoming Vetter Fuel Economy Challenges.
6/20/2011
MAX has very low rolling resistance, as demonstrated by this three year old kid pushing it around the building.
3/23/2012
Why pre-1960 race cars were more efficient than post-1960 race cars, and thus a better example for high efficiency highway cars.
7/29/2011
Renowned motorcycle inventor and longtime aerodynamics expert Craig Vetter stopped by the MOTHER EARTH NEWS office on his way home from his latest fuel economy challenge.
12/18/2008
Lester Brown from the Earth Policy Institute held a teleconference on Dec. 11 to discuss the advantages of a green economy, for the environment and the U.S. work force.
12/23/2010
MAX gets a low cost, high accuracy, and none too attractive fuel gauge. Two out of three ain't bad.
9/3/2010
Craig Henderson and his Avion high mileage sports car went from Canada to Mexico at 119.1 MPG. He plans to produce Avion kits.
2/21/2011
Use a digital tire gauge and learn how to check tire pressure regularly to get better gas mileage. While other types of gauges exist, the digital tire pressure gauge is an accurate and simple way to keep your tires properly inflated. Read this digital tire gauge review to see what digital tire pressure checkers you can buy.
4/30/2012
The tail end of MAX's bellypan (diffuser) gets tuft tested, and the attached video shows the results. This was the finishing touch that got MAX its 100 miles per gallon on the highway.
11/4/2011
Western civilization is totally dependent upon cheap and abundant energy. Three quarters of the petroleum we burn in our engines is imported. Could it be cut off suddenly? Without cheap and abundant energy, our way of life would collapse. If we value our freedom and independence, we should not be relying on foreign petroleum. We should be making our own energy. 
3/29/2012
Whether or not it was devised by clever Mexican potato growers, the cheap, easy to build, and space-saving potato tower is a unique alternative to rows, barrels, and other methods for planting, growing, and bringing in your season's spuds.


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