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Sol Duc River hatchery coho fishing season extended 3.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Salmon anglers on the northern coast will get some extra days to target hatchery coho on the Sol Duc River. State Fish and Wildlife extended the fishing season through Dec. 15 after hatchery spawning escapement needs were achieved. There are some coho milling just below the hatchery although most are not in good “eating” shape, […]
Lack of hatchery steelhead prompts closures in most of Snoqualmie and Stillaguamish 3.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Some early-season steelhead fishing closures in Puget Sound rivers comes as no surprise given the fact that hatchery fish planting was halted due to a lawsuit a few years ago in what would be the progeny of adult returning fish this winter. State Fish and Wildlife announced Tokul Creek, and the Snoqualmie, Tolt and Raging […]
Six Reasons We’ll Need to Ramp Up the #ConsumerRevolution under Trumpism 1.12.2016 Views
Katherine Paul

If ever conditions were ripe for revolution, that time is now—especially for anyone who cares about their health, and the health of planet earth. 

President-Elect Donald Trump’s short lists for his environment and agriculture cabinet appointments are dominated by entrenched D.C. insiders, career politicians and industry lobbyists. Not one of these proposed “leaders” supports policies that would lead to healthier food, a cleaner environment or a cooler planet.  

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The biggest crisis is also the greatest opportunity 1.12.2016 Energy & Climate |
The Rainforest Alliance wants to fight climate change by taking sustainable agriculture to a global scale.
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San Juan Islands open for hatchery chinook fishing 1.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Plants of 15- to 16-inch trout boost anglers’ lake prospects.
Robots Are Growing Tons of Our Food. Here's the Creepy Part. 30.11.2016 Mother Jones
Armando Veve You don't see self-driving cars taking over American cities yet , but robotic tractors already roar through our corn and soybean farms, helping to plant and spray crops. They also gather huge troves of data, measuring moisture levels in the soil and tracking unruly weeds. Combine that with customized weather forecasts and satellite imagery, and farmers can now make complex decisions like when to harvest— without ever stepping outside . These tools are part of a new trend, known as " precision agriculture ," that is transforming how we grow crops. Using everything from sensors on combines to drones equipped with infrared cameras that monitor plant health, service providers—ranging from Monsanto and DuPont to startups—take data from the fields, upload it to the cloud, crunch it, and provide farmers with advice on how to run their operations. Precision agriculture has been around since the '90s, but it really took off when GPS technology became cheap and ubiquitous in the mid-2000s. It got ...
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Before the Holiday Feast: New Data on Pesticides in Food Raises Safety Questions 23.11.2016 Green on
As American gather their families to share a Thanksgiving meal this week, new government data offers a potentially unappetizing assessment of the U.S. food supply: Residues of many types of insecticides, fungicides and weed killing chemicals have been found in roughly 85 percent of thousands of foods tested. Data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows varying levels of pesticide residues in everything from mushrooms to potatoes and grapes to green beans. One sample of strawberries contained residues of 20 pesticides, according to the "Pesticide Data Program" (PDP) report issued this month by the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. The report is the 25th annual such compilation of residue data for the agency, and covered sampling the USDA did in 2015 Notably, the agency said only 15 percent of the 10,187 samples tested were free from any detectable pesticide residues. That's a marked difference from 2014, when the USDA found that over 41 percent of samples were "clean" or ...
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Court's rejection of a lawsuit over pesticides in seed coatings is a setback to beekeepers 23.11.2016 LA Times: Business

A federal court on Tuesday dealt a setback to efforts by beekeepers and consumer groups to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate insecticide coatings on crop seeds.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said it was well within the discretion of the...

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Investors urge Cargill, Smithfield to address water pollution 21.11.2016 Resource Efficiency |
They're among four big global meat producers targeted in letter-writing campaign.
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Judge: Hawaii counties can’t regulate GMOs and pesticides 19.11.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that three Hawaii counties can’t enact their own bans or regulations on genetically modified crops and pesticides. Circuit Judge Consuelo M. Callahan on Friday upheld a lower court’s decision saying Hawaii law prohibits counties from regulating agriculture matters. The cases stemmed from a decision by Maui voters […]
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Trump Talk of Pompeo for Cabinet Could Spell Setback for Consumers 18.11.2016 Politics on
News that President-elect Donald Trump is considering U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo for a cabinet slot illustrates just how dark the days ahead might be for America's burgeoning "food movement," which has been advocating for more transparency and fewer pesticides in food production. Pompeo, a Republican from the farm state of Kansas, was the designated hitter for Monsanto Co. and the other Big Ag chemical and seed players in 2014 when the industry rolled out a federal effort to block states from mandating the labeling of genetically modified foods. Pompeo introduced the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" in April of that year with the intention of overriding bills in roughly two dozen states. In bringing the bill forward, Pompeo was acting on behalf the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which represents the interests of the nation's largest food and beverage companies. The bill, which critics called the "Deny Americans the Right to Know" Act, or the "DARK Act," went through two years of controversy and ...
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Razor clam conditions should be ideal at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches 17.11.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Digging will be open Thursday through Saturday evenings.
Former Archer Daniels Midland CEO Dwayne Andreas dead at 98 17.11.2016 Yahoo: US National
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Dwayne Andreas, the farmer's son and college dropout who turned the grain-processing company Archer Daniels Midland into "the supermarket to the world," then saw it rocked by a price-fixing scandal, has died. He was ...
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Former Archer Daniels Midland CEO Dwayne Andreas dead at 98 17.11.2016 AP Business
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Dwayne Andreas, the farmer's son and college dropout who turned the grain-processing company Archer Daniels Midland into "the supermarket to the world," then saw it rocked by a price-fixing scandal, has died. He was 98....
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Former Archer Daniels Midland CEO Dwayne Andreas dead at 98 17.11.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Dwayne Andreas, the farmer’s son and college dropout who turned the grain-processing company Archer Daniels Midland into “the supermarket to the world,” then saw it rocked by a price-fixing scandal, has died. He was 98. Archer Daniels Midland spokeswoman Jackie Anderson on Wednesday confirmed Andreas’ death. The company did not immediately […]
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Reframing Agriculture In The Climate Change Discussion 17.11.2016 Green on
When it comes to climate change, the problem and the solution may be one and the same. This week in Marrakesh, government leaders will meet for the last leg of the UN Climate Change Summit (COP 22) and it is clear we are at a critical moment in our history. Man-made changes to the climate threaten humanity's security on Earth. Though we are taking steps globally to reduce emissions from industry, transportation and heat production, another source accounts for 24 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA. That problem is farming. Agriculture is the largest-single contributor to the climate crisis. The UN's 2013 Trade and Environment Review points to agriculture as responsible for 43-57 percent of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions. The current degenerative farming system results in the loss of 50-75 percent of cultivated soils' original carbon content. By destroying soil nutrients through the overuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conventional agriculture ...
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Slim Jim hopes to beef up its appeal as teenage jerky consumers grow up 16.11.2016 Chicago Tribune: Business
"Slim Jim needs to grow up." The words, spoken by Conagra Brands CEO Sean Connolly at a recent investors meeting at the company's Merchandise Mart headquarters, marked a declaration to reinvigorate a brand that's spanned at least seven decades. The maturation of Slim Jim is serious business. ...
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This new gadget promises to transform food scraps into fertilizer in 24 hours 16.11.2016 TreeHugger
The Zera Food Recycler, from Whirlpool Corporation's innovation incubator, WLabs, is a residential "composting" appliance for kitchen scraps.
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Food & Water Watch Applauds Demise of Trans-Pacific Partnership 16.11.2016 Newswire

“After years of campaigning against the fatally flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the deal appears dead. The TPP represented the latest in a string of trade deals that put corporate interests ahead of communities, workers, public health and the environment.

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Fish checks reveal chum and hatchery chinook catches are highlight in open marine areas 15.11.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

November 13, 2016 Ramp/Site Boats Anglers Chinook Coho Chum Pink Sockeye Other Species Comments Everett Public Ramp 17 37 15 0 0 0 0 Hoodsport Shore 0 25 0 0 49 0 0 Perry Creek 11 15 0 0 3 0 0 Steamboat Island Bridge 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 November 12, 2016 […]
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