Miracle Crop: India's Quest to End World Hunger

Miracle Crop: India's Quest to End World Hunger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2014

Over one third of humanity is undernourished. Now a group of scientists are experimenting with specially-bred crops, and hoping to launch a new Green Revolution -- but controversy is brewing. By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]

Digital Dairy: Robotic Milk Production Takes Over

Digital Dairy: Robotic Milk Production Takes Over

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2014

Smaller dairy farms in Germany are rapidly disappearing, and with EU quotas on milk production set to expire next year, the process is likely to accelerate. The only way to survive is to turn cows into machines and keep them away from the meadow. By Jonathan Stock and Takis Würger more... Comment ]

Deceptive Labeling: Brussels Plans Tougher Organic Food Rules

Deceptive Labeling: Brussels Plans Tougher Organic Food Rules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2014

The European Commission plans to tighten rules on the booming organic food sector due to concerns that many products aren't as pure as claimed. More rigorous checks are needed and loopholes must be removed, says a draft paper seen by SPIEGEL. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Land Grab: Foreign Firms Drive Cambodians from Farms

Land Grab: Foreign Firms Drive Cambodians from Farms

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2013

Each year, foreign agricultural corporations deprive thousands of Cambodian farmers of their fields -- with the government's help. Human rights groups claim German taxpayer money is used to fund a program that benefits land grabbers. By Andreas Lorenz more... Comment ]

Uphill Battle: New Machine Could Save German Vineyards

Uphill Battle: New Machine Could Save German Vineyards

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2013

Vineyards built on dizzyingly steep hillsides have been a part of German viticulture for centuries, but high labor costs are threatening them with extinction. A group of university engineers is hoping their new technology will save the industry. By Matthias Bartsch more... Comment ]

Cutting Antibiotics: Denmark Leads Way in Healthier Pig Farming

Cutting Antibiotics: Denmark Leads Way in Healthier Pig Farming

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2013

Many tons of antibiotics are administered every year to chickens and pigs in Europe, a trend that encourages the rise of drug-resistant microbes. But Denmark has shown how farmers can be made to abandon this policy of dangerous over-medication. By Julia Koch more... Comment ]

Factory Farming: The True Price of a Pork Chop

Factory Farming: The True Price of a Pork Chop

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Germany slaughters 58 million pigs a year and has built an efficient meat industry second only to the US in pork exports. Its optimized breeding, feeding and killing system churns out wondrously cheap cutlets -- but at a hidden cost to the environment and our health. By Susanne Amann, Michael Fröhlingsdorf and Udo Ludwig more... Comment ]

Ethical Farming: Germany Ponders the Super Chicken

Ethical Farming: Germany Ponders the Super Chicken

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 16, 2013

Every year, millions of male chicks are discarded because of the demands of industrial chicken farming. Now a German company has engineered a new breed that could solve the problem -- but it comes with drawbacks of its own. By Michael Fröhlingsdorf more... Comment ]

Golden Calves: Farmers Hungry for Luxury Beef

Golden Calves: Farmers Hungry for Luxury Beef

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2013

Wagyu beef is the most expensive meat in the world, fetching prices of up to 600 euros per kilogram. Long found exclusively in Japan, the wagyu breed is now spreading across the globe. And German farmers are after a piece of the pie. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

Bow, Arrow, Facebook: Brazilian Tribes Fight for Their Land

Bow, Arrow, Facebook: Brazilian Tribes Fight for Their Land

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2013

Indigenous peoples in Brazil have lost their patience. Promised more land decades ago, they have recently begun forcing the issue by occupying farms and ranches. The government of President Dilma Rousseff has taken sides with the farmers' lobby. By Jens Glüsing more... Comment ]