Mon August 20, 2012
The Salt

How Much Does A Hamburger Cost? That Depends

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:38 am

Crunching the numbers to show the environmental cost of a hamburger isn't easy, and we should know.


Sun August 19, 2012

Rocky Ford Melon Growers Rebound

North American Cantaloupes
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Fri August 17, 2012
Planet Money

Competing Against The Nicest Guy In Town

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 12:36 pm

Hondo (left) and Dizz.
Chana Joffe-Walt NPR

For more: Why does the government subsidize crop insurance in the first place? We try to answer that question in our latest podcast.

The federal government spends about $7 billion a year on crop insurance for U.S. farmers. Policies are sold by private companies, but the government sets the rates, so the companies can't compete on price.

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Thu August 16, 2012
Planet Money

3 Reasons Corn Farmers Are Doing Great Despite The Drought

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 1:17 pm

1. They're expecting record revenues

Our colleague Dan Charles writes:

On average, corn growers actually will rake in a record amount of cash from their harvest this year. ...

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Thu August 16, 2012

In South Sudan, Cows Are Cash And Source Of Friction

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 2:53 pm

A man from the Mundari nomad tribe stands among cattle on Jan. 18, in Juba, South Sudan. Cattle raids, a common occurrence in the region, have grown increasingly violent in recent years.

For the rural people of South Sudan, cattle are at the center of their culture. They use them as currency, treat them as objects of beauty, and fight tribal battles over them.

In recent years, traditional cattle raids have turned deadly. Tribesmen aren't just stealing cattle; they are slaughtering rivals, burning villages and abducting women and children.

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