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Congress just quietly passed a law that could spark a boom for the $1 billion marijuana-linked CBD industry

The new US Farm Bill legalizes hemp, a plant almost identical to marijuana and a prime source of the highly touted wellness ingredient CBD.

A Google-backed vertical farm startup just raised another $90 million to build in cities across the US

The indoor agriculture startup Bowery has raised $90 million to expand its vertical farms.
Sara Menker at the 2018 New York Times Dealbook in November.

This entrepreneur left Wall Street to count the world’s calories. Now she’s warning of a global food disaster equal to the financial crisi...

Entrepreneur Sara Menker traded in her Wall Street gig to solve the world's mounting food crisis.
US President Donald Trump participates in a round-table discussion with business leaders at Northeast Iowa Community College on July 26, 2018 in Peosta, Iowa.

Farm bankruptcies are surging as Trump’s trade war drags on

As President Donald Trump ramps up protectionism with trading partners, an increasing number of farms in the Midwest are struggling to stay afloat.

The turkey you’re about to eat weighs twice as much as it did a few decades ago

Today's turkeys are a lot bigger — more than double the size — and faster-growing than the birds your parents or grandparents ate.
A woman uses a Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller spray without glyphosate in a garden in Ercuis near Paris, France.

A judge has slashed the amount Monsanto has to pay in a lawsuit over a common weed-killer chemical’s cancer risk

A judge reduced the amount Monsanto was ordered to pay to a plaintiff who alleged that his cancer was the result of using Roundup, the company's herbicide. The latest news does not mean that glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — causes cancer.

A startup selling ugly fruits and vegetables just received a major investment from NBA all-star Kevin Durant

Imperfect and Kevin Durant have teamed up to fight food waste in America, one ugly fruit and vegetable at a time.

California’s mega-farms have a dark side that could put our supply of fruits, vegetables, and nuts at risk

In the wake of a six-year drought, the region's mega-farms have begun to sink, and pumping groundwater has released toxic levels of arsenic into the water supply.

One of the world’s largest banks has issued an alarming warning about antibiotic resistance — with big consequences for humanity

The use of antibiotics in meat production and other forms of agriculture could lead to antibiotic resistance, which is expected to cause 10 million deaths annually by 2050.
Bill Gates speaking at an event in Washington, 2014.

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and other billionaires are betting on a bacteria that could change the way we grow food

An energy startup called Pivot Bio raised $70 million for its genetically modified bacteria, which helps cut down on the use of nitrogen fertilizer — a powerful source of environmental pollution.