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How soil sparked a new sustainable ag movement 28.4.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
As word gets around that soil is alive, farmers have adopted a whole new attitude toward their land.
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Make American dairy farms great again! Adopt supply management 25.4.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David J. Climenhaga Never imagine, even for a moment, that U.S. President Donald Trump was serious when he talked about standing up for the interests American farmers in his notorious anti-Canadian trade speech at the Snap-On Tool factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Some Wisconsin dairy farmers may have been pleased when Trump began bloviating on the topic because anything is better than nothing when you're in desperate straits. And have no doubt, a lot of American dairy farmers are in desperate straits. But the interests Trump is defending are those of the multinational "agri-food" corporations that hold Wisconsin dairy farmers in a grip that approaches feudal vassalage, and which would love to be able to do the same thing to their counterparts down on the Canadian farm. Remember, despite his lies, misdirection and deceptions, the not-so-competent Trump serves the same neoliberal corporate masters as the quite competent Hillary Clinton, whom he defeated in last fall's U.S. presidential election with a little ...
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The chicken or the egg — or neither 22.4.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Lab-grown promises to be one of modern science’s finest hours. Is it enough to change, or end, the way humans consume animals?
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Marijuana meets Big Food: Why green weed isn't easy to grow 20.4.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Cannabis companies are hiring agriculture experts to grow newly-legal businesses, but pitfalls like organic labeling and big energy bills loom large.
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Why Walmart’s Project Gigaton is corporate America’s ‘moonshot’ 19.4.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
The lack of climate leadership from Washington makes the launch of Walmart’s Project Gigaton a cause for celebration.
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Pruitt's Rejection of Chlorpyrifos Ban Seems Based on "Alternative Facts" 9.4.2017 Truthout - All Articles
EPA chief Scott Pruitt fails to explain what data prompted his decision to allow continued use of toxic pesticides. (Photo: Pixabay ) The US Environmental Protection Agency under President Trump may have stepped into the brave new world of alternative facts. Last November, after several years of study, the EPA had  announced  that the insecticide chlorpyrifos poses an unacceptable risk to humans, especially children, when its residue is found in fruits, vegetables, and drinking water. The finding cited a 2014  Columbia University study  and other research showing that young people have suffered diminished cognitive abilities and reduced IQ after chronic exposures. This led the EPA to recommend a ban on all agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos -- by far the most heavily used insecticide in the US with  4 to 8 million pounds applied annually . On a pounds per acre basis, the  heaviest applications of chlorpyrifos  in the US have been on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where several large agribusiness have been ...
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Environmental Groups Take Trump EPA To Court To Force Ban Of Brain-Draining Pesticide 7.4.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — Three environmental organizations have asked a federal appeals court to force the Environmental Protection Agency to ban a widely used pesticide  linked to brain damage  in children. A motion  filed Wednesday by Earthjustice  on behalf of two other organizations challenges EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision last week to reject the scientific findings of his own agency and allow chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate insecticide used on fruits, vegetables and nuts, to remain on the market for agricultural use. The groups asked the court to require EPA to ban the pesticide within 30 days. Patti Goldman, an Earthjustice attorney, told The Huffington Post that the Trump administration is failing to protect the public from a chemical its own scientists found to be dangerous. “If the head of the EPA isn’t respecting, following the law or the science, that will be of great concern across the board,” Goldman said.  Earthjustice is representing the Natural Resources Defense Council  and the ...
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Moms Exposed To Monsanto Weed Killer Means Bad Outcomes For Babies 5.4.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Concerns about the world’s most widely used herbicide are taking a new twist as researchers unveil data that indicates pervasive use of Monsanto Co.’s weed killer could be linked to pregnancy problems. Researchers looking at exposure to the herbicide known as glyphosate , the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup-branded herbicides, said they tested and tracked 69 expectant mothers and found that the presence of glyphosate levels in their bodily fluids correlated with unfavorable birth outcomes. The research is still in preliminary stages and the sample size is small, but t he team is scheduled to present their findings on Thursday at a conference put on by the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) in Washington, D.C. “This is a huge issue,” said Paul Winchester, medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at the Franciscan St. Francis Health system and professor of clinical pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana. He said this is the first U.S. study to ...
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Glyphosate: Health Concerns About the Most Widely Used Pesticide 5.4.2017 Truthout.com
Glyphosate is a synthetic herbicide patented in 1974 by the Monsanto Company, and now manufactured and sold by many companies in hundreds of products around the world. Glyphosate is best known as the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup branded herbicides. Here are some key facts about glyphosate: Most Widely Used Pesticide  According to a February 2016 study in  Environmental Sciences Europe , glyphosate is the  most widely used pesticide . "In the US, no pesticide has come remotely close to such intensive and widespread use," according to the study. Findings include: Americans have applied 1.8 million tons of glyphosate since its introduction in 1974. Worldwide 9.4 million tons of the chemical has been sprayed on fields -- enough to spray nearly half a pound of Roundup on every cultivated acre of land in the world. Globally, glyphosate use has risen almost 15-fold since so-called "Roundup Ready," genetically engineered glyphosate-tolerant crops were introduced in 1996. Cancer Concerns  In 2015, the ...
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EPA Chief's Refusal To Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide Shows Profit Trumps Public Safety 31.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — Defying the recommendation of his own agency’s scientists,  Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt  has refused to ban a widely used pesticide that’s been  linked to learning disabilities in children. Pruitt’s order , signed late Wednesday , allows  chlorpyrifos , an organophosphate insecticide that’s been used on crops from broccoli to cranberries since the 1960s, to remain on the market for agricultural use. The EPA proposed in November 2015 under the Obama administration to permanently ban the chemical on food crops, citing potential risks to human health. The move stemmed from a 2007 petition filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council  and the Pesticide Action Network North America .   Critics on Thursday condemned Pruitt and President Donald Trump  for showing they value corporate profits over public health. The move, less than two months after Pruitt was confirmed as the nation’s top environmental officer, signals far looser regulation of harmful substances ...
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California’s backcountry drug war 30.3.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Dangerous drug cartels are growing pot on public lands—putting wildlife, water supplies, and outdoor enthusiasts at grave risk.
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Transparency is the fourth supply chain success metric 29.3.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
The Supply Chain Transparency report highlights how nine industries go beyond cost, quality and delivery to earn customer trust
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More dirt on General Mills’ sustainable agriculture goals 27.3.2017 GreenBiz.com
General Mill's CSO Jerry Lynch and new sustainable sourcing director, Kevin O'Donnell, tackle ambitious 2025 emissions reduction goals and more.
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Five changes agri-businesses need to make if they want to survive 24.3.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
For an industry that relies heavily on natural resources such as clean air, soil and water, becoming more environmentally friendly is not just a marketing ploy — it is a necessity.
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Immigrant Food Factory Workers Threatened with Mass Termination Choose Resistance 23.3.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Brandworkers

Workers, elected officials and community supporters rallied outside Tom Cat Bakery Wednesday to protest the threatened mass firing of dozens of immigrant workers following a Department of Homeland Security investigation. As members of a non-profit organization called Brandworkers, the workers decided to stand united and call for resistance from around the country.

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Your relationship with fish is about to change 22.3.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
A wave of change is upending the seafood business as we know it. Here’s what it means for everyone from investors to fish stick aficionados.
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Behind a Corporate Monster: How Monsanto Pushes Agricultural Domination 19.3.2017 Truthout.com
A farmhand loads genetically modified corn seed into a planter on Bo Stone's farm in Rowland, North Carolina, April 20, 2016. (Photo: Jeremy M. Lange / The New York Times) Monsanto, one of the world's biggest pesticide and seed corporations and leading developer of genetically modified crop varieties, had a stock market value of US$66 billion in 2014. It has gained this position by a combination of deceit, threat, litigation, destruction of evidence, falsified data, bribery, takeovers and cultivation of regulatory bodies. Its rise and torrid controversies cover a long period starting with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs, chemicals used as insulators for electrical transformers) in the 1940s and moving on to dioxin (a contaminant of Agent Orange used to defoliate Vietnam), glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide), recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH, a hormone injected into dairy cows to increase their milk production), and genetic modified organisms (GMOs). Its key aim in dealing with ...
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New UN Report Blames Pesticides for Food Insecurity 17.3.2017 Environmental News Network
The United Nations says it’s time to overturn the myth that pesticides can feed the world and come up with better, safer ways of producing our food.
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Why Progressives Should Care About US Agricultural Policy 16.3.2017 Truthout.com
A small, well-managed organic farm earns more per acre in one year than an industrial farm does in 30 years, and pays more in taxes per acre annually than a large farm will in 100 years. Instead of subsiding corporate agribusinesses, we should be pushing tax breaks for the small family farmers who work the land and have the freedom to experiment. Farmers should not have to plow 20,000 acres of rented land just to make a living. (Photo: Cjneau ) Nearly all of Trump's electoral wins were in rural districts, many of which are made up of farming communities. This is where Trump thrived. I have seen it firsthand: I have lived in the city, worked in manufacturing and I'm now a farmer in a small farming town in Central Illinois. For the progressive movement to make inroads in communities like mine, it needs to put forward a serious plan for how the US government can stop subsidizing corporate farms and instead return the land to small family farmers who work the land. Farmers should not have to farm 20,000 ...
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Trump Budget Cuts International Food Aid Program, Halts Funding For Clean Water In Rural Areas 16.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating an international food aid program, halting funding for clean water initiative in rural areas and reducing county-level staff for a 21 percent drop in discretionary spending at the Agriculture Department, according to a White House budget document. The proposal would save $498 million by eliminating a rural water and wastewater loan and grant program, which the White House proposal said was duplicative. The program helps fund clean water and sewer systems in communities with less than 10,000 people. Other USDA areas targeted for cuts to reach the White House’s $17.9 billion discretionary spending budget include its statistical capabilities and staffing at its county-level service centers. The White House also said it would eliminate the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program, which provides donations of U.S. agricultural commodities to food-deficit countries. The program, which had $182 million earmarked in the fiscal-year 2017 USDA budget, ...
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