Farmer-owned fruit and vegetable cooperatives that wholesale produce to restaurants, supermarkets and institutions could become a valuable marketing strategy to help sustain the agriculture industry in the Northeast, according to a recent report by a Cornell University group.
Ranking as one of the world's greatest scientific and social achievements, the Green Revolution saved millions from starvation in the 1960s and 70s. Now, faced with increasing population growth, environmental degradation and problems of hunger, Cornell University scientists believe the future is bleak.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted a one-year approval for a novel plant protectant that has been tested at Cornell University as a seed coating for onions. This new treatment promises to help save New York's onion crop, providing that it can gain full approval for use beyond 1996.