Agriculture

2012 Farm Bill

May 24, 2012

Congress debates the 2012 Farm Bill. At issue are subsidies for farmers, food stamps and incentives for growing a wider variety of crops. Diane speaks to a panel of experts about the changes ahead in U.S. agricultural policy.

Environmental Outlook: "American Canopy" by Eric Rutkow

May 1, 2012

How America's trees and forests shaped the nation.

U.S. Economic Outlook

April 10, 2012

Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke weighs in on March employment numbers. We take a look at what rising corporate profits and smaller-than-expected domestic job growth means for the overall economic outlook.

White House Decision On Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline

January 19, 2012

The Obama administration rejects TransCanada’s application for a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline: Economic and political implications of the decision and prospects for an alternative route

Environmental Outlook: Labels for Genetically Modified Foods

January 3, 2012

In 1992 the FDA ruled against requiring labels for genetically engineered foods. Join us for a panel discussion on the rationale for that decision and why some are urging the FDA to reconsider its stance.

Environmental Outlook: Declining Political Support for Ethanol

October 4, 2011

The U.S. produces more than half the world’s ethanol. Yet, the once strong political support for the bio-fuel is, for the first time, showing signs of waning. As part of the Environmental Outlook series we discuss why an industry that was once the darling of the renewable energy sector seems to be falling out of favor.

Commodity Price Spikes

February 16, 2011

Around the world, prices for food and other basic commodities are going up. The price of food has climbed by almost 30% in the past twelve months. Cotton is near a ten year high, and copper is the highest it’s been in forty years. Some...

U.S and East Asia

January 13, 2011

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates meets with leaders in Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul, but China's test flight on a new stealth fighter jet during his visit underscores some of the challenges: an update on U.S China relations and security issues in East Asia.

Grace Pundyk: "The Honey Trail" (Rebroadcast)

Grace Pundyk: "The Honey Trail" (Rebroadcast)

December 29, 2010

Honey is a global food -- part of tradition, culture and trade. But it's not all sweet: The story also involves smuggling, deforestation and climate change. One woman explains what she found out when she went around the world in pursuit of...

New Food Safety Regulations

December 2, 2010

An estimated one in four Americans gets sick from tainted food every year and 5,000 die. Understanding the proposed overhaul of FDA food safety regulations and what it could mean for farmers, food prices and the agency's powers.

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