Farming in India has become difficult and costly, leading to thousands of farmers taking their own lives. The NewsHour reports on why the industry has become so challenging and what farmers are doing to get through this tough period.
Congress passed a new farm bill which subsidizes crops like soybeans and other vegetable products. Two experts talk to the NewsHour about what the bill will mean for farmers and the American economy.
In the final installment of his series on globalization, Paul Solman talks with four graduate students at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for their take on the issue.
The recent cases of tainted pet food have raised concerns about food consumed by humans. Agriculture companies are taking new precautions to sterilize food supplies, but some experts say more regulations are needed.
In the wake of last fall's E. coli outbreaks, some scientists and businesses are encouraging the Food and Drug Administration to approve the use of bacteria-killing radiation to treat produce such as spinach and lettuce.
President Bush began the deployment of up to 6,000 National Guard members to the four states on the U.S.-Mexico border to perform support duties for border patrols. The NewsHour provides a report.
Over one-hundred people in at least twenty-one states have become sick by eating spinach contaminated with E. coli bacteria according to the Food and Drug Administration, which advised consumers not to eat any fresh spinach until further notice.
Formerly second in command at the Department of Agriculture and Secretary of Food and Agriculture in California, Ann Veneman has been nominated to become the first female Secretary of Agriculture.
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