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August 6, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Agricultural disasters can be avoided by cutting out meat products

Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste [“Tainted Ohio water coming under increased scrutiny,” Nation & World, Aug. 4]. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it might happen again in our own state. The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has…


Comments | More in Agriculture | Topics: agriculture, animals, Sherman Peters

November 16, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Farm bill: Changes must be made

Sustainability, community and localness need to be considered Billions of tax dollars are being spent to produce unhealthy sweetener. The purpose of our agricultural subsidies is to ensure the health of the public through the maintaining of a sizable community of farmers growing enough food to feed the rest of the country. This does not require…


Comments | More in Agriculture | Topics: agriculture, farm bill

July 17, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Agriculture robots in the field

Caring for farmers would be better One effect of agriculture robots not mentioned in The Times’ cover story is how this mechanization may contribute to increasing corporate agriculture. [“Nimble ag robots may change dynamics of farming,” page one, July 15.] Purchasing large, expensive pieces of equipment is not something small farmers and orchardists can usually afford….


Comments | More in Economy, Environment | Topics: agriculture, consumers, corporate

February 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Washington state wolf population grows; elk cause farmers trouble

If wolves make comeback, nature can provide balance I wonder if anyone else noticed the irony of having a story on Tuesday’s Northwest section front about the growth of our wolf population in Washington [“Wolf population doubled in Washington over past year,” NWTuesday, Feb. 26], with the reference, as always, to how many elk wolves…


Comments | More in animals, Environment | Topics: agriculture, Elk, farmers