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Latest fish checks reveal hatchery chinook are a viable catch option in south-central Puget Sound 27.6.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

June 26, 2016 Ramp/Site Boats Anglers Chinook Coho Chum Pink Sockeye Other Species Comments Armeni Ramp 11 25 0 0 0 0 0 • Flatfish-general (69) Bellingham Ramp Squalicum Harbor 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 Boston Harbor Ramp/Marina 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 Cornet Bay Public Ramp 3 5 0 0 […]
Appeals Court Urged to Strike Down Idaho Law That Hides Ag Operations from Public View, Imperils Public Health 27.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Food & Water Watch and the Center for Biological Diversity today urged the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm a lower court’s ruling striking down an Idaho law that stifles the public’s access to information about industrial animal agriculture operations, citing food safety and public health concerns.

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For the first time in 20 years, a section of Upper Columbia will be open for a sturgeon retention fishery 25.6.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

For the first time in two decades, the Columbia River between Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs will open Friday (July 1) for sturgeon catch-and-keep fishing. Several thousand juvenile sturgeon were released into the Upper Columbia River in 2003, and state Fish and Wildlife surveys have found these fish have reached catchable size. About 4,000 hatchery […]
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Summer salmon fisheries given the green light to get underway in many areas 24.6.2016 Seattle Times: Local

After a two month delay, NOAA Fisheries has given state Fish and Wildlife the approval to reopen sport salmon fisheries effective immediately. “This opening puts the year’s salmon fisheries back on track,” John Long, a state Fish and Wildlife salmon policy coordinator said in a news release. “I know it has been a frustrating start […]
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Demanding Ban on Deadly Pesticides, Advocates Drop Millions of Dead Bees on EPA Doorstep 23.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Advocating for a ban on toxic pesticides that have led to massive bee die-offs nationwide, a truck filled with millions of the dead pollinators has trundled across the country to reach its final destination on Wednesday afternoon: the front steps of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, D.C.

"If we stop keeping bees, who's going to pollinate your fruits and vegetables? This can't go on."
—Roger Williams,
Central Maryland Beekeepers Association

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Pools of Waste: Landmark Analysis Exposes Factory Farming Filth 22.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

A new and unsavory analysis by Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Waterkeeper Alliance sheds light on the true impact that industrial factory farms are having on communities and waterways in North Carolina and beyond. 

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Millions of Dead Bees, Millions More Signatures Highlight Threat to Bees & Other Pollinators 22.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Friends of the Earth A truck full of dead bees will make its final stop at a rally outside the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this afternoon, culminating a coast-to-coast tour to raise awareness about recent massive declines in pollinators. While the millions of dead bees will remain in the truck, advocates and beekeepers will deliver over 4 million signatures urging an immediate ban on bee-killing ...
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Japan develops a drone to patrol farmland and destroy insect pests 22.6.2016 Yahoo: Business

Japan develops a drone to patrol farmland and destroy insect pestsAgriculture-focused drones aren't new, but this one -- unlike others -- does its job completely autonomously.


Land Grabs Soar, Worsening Land Conflicts and Climate Change 16.6.2016 Truthout.com
A woman farms with her cow in rural Bangladesh on May 13, 2007. (Photo: Jankie ) Industrial agriculture and financial sectors are hand-in-hand worsening climate change and then profiting from it, with an unprecedented number of land grabs over the last eight years, according to a report released Tuesday. The campaign group GRAIN explained that land grabs are heightening food insecurity, entrenching corporate agriculture schemes, and increasing and intensifying land conflicts. The wave of global land grabs borne out of the 2008 food and financial crises has now reached tsunami proportions, as GRAIN's research shows that the number of land grab initiatives has ballooned from 100 in 2008 to 491 in 2016, spanning 78 countries across the globe with large concentrations in Africa, and to a lesser extent in Latin America, East Asia and the Pacific. And climate change is compounding the situation. "We now have even more evidence that climate change is caused not just by burning coal and oil for transport and ...
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Women lead the fight against corporate agriculture around the world 16.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
June 16, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Around the world, women are pushing back against GMOs and corporate agriculture and building a food system that promotes health and justice for ...
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"Smell Is a Hard Thing to Quantify": One Alabama Town’s Battle Against an Open Pit of Rotting Chicken Guts 16.6.2016 Mother Jones
Marshall County, Alabama lies in the heart of the southeastern chicken belt—a region dotted with factory-scale farms under contract with the handful of enormous companies that dominate the US chicken industry . Data from Food and Water Watch show that Marshall and the counties bordering it churn out around 30 million chickens annually. According to an eye-popping article in the Birmingham-based weekly Weld, Marshall County also has something I've never heard of in my decade covering industrial agriculture: an open pond where massive processing facilities dump slaughter waste—think blood and guts—that is later sprayed onto land as fertilizer. It's all too common for huge livestock farms to collect manure in open cesspits (the industry's calls them "lagoons") that impose putrid and hazardous fumes on neighbors. Just ask the people living in Iowa's hog-heavy Hardin County , or North Carolina's Duplin . But storing untreated waste from a slaughterhouse in an open pit? That's new to me—that stuff normally ...
Rules on GMO crops in Hawaii heads to US appeals court 16.6.2016 AP Business
HONOLULU (AP) -- The fight over regulating genetically engineered crops and pesticides in three Hawaii counties will be back in a federal courtroom Wednesday as some agricultural giants look to protect their research farms from bans against modified food in the islands....
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Hawaii's GMO crop rules head to appeals court 16.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Honolulu • The fight over regulating genetically engineered crops and pesticides in three Hawaii counties will be back in a federal courtroom Wednesday as some agricultural giants look to protect their research farms from bans against modified food in paradise. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in Honolulu on ordinances that seek to regulate or outlaw genetically modified products in Hawaii, Kauai and Maui counties. Agrichemical companies and trade associations sued ...
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Rules on GMO crops in Hawaii heads to US appeals court 16.6.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

HONOLULU (AP) — The fight over regulating genetically engineered crops and pesticides in three Hawaii counties will be back in a federal courtroom Wednesday as some agricultural giants look to protect their research farms from bans against modified food in paradise. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in Honolulu on […]
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North Dakota Rejects Corporate Farm Ownership by 3-to-1 Margin 15.6.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

In a victory for family farmers and local communities, North Dakota voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly upheld their state's rules prohibiting corporate farming.

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Report: Pesticide Industry Delaying Bee Protections Across US 15.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Amid an ongoing pollinator crisis that threatens our food system, a new report issued today by Friends of the Earth documents how the pesticide industry has weakened and delayed pesticide reforms and is shaping new pollinator “protection” plans nationwide that do little to protect bees, but a lot to protect industry profits.

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Monsanto due diligence is next in Bayer deal push 15.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
First came the initial bid, then the rejection. Now, the next step in Bayer’s quest to buy Monsanto Co. and create the world’s largest agricultural company is likely to hinge on whether the U.S. seed giant will agree to open its books. Bayer made its $62 billion offer last month and Monsanto rejected the price as too low while also saying it was open to further discussions. In recent days, Bayer sent Monsanto a letter reiterating its $122-a-share proposal and seeking due diligence, a move rebuff...
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North Dakota voters reject looser rules for corporate farms 15.6.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota voters have rejected the Legislature’s move to loosen the state’s Depression-era rules prohibiting corporate farming. The North Dakota Farmers Union led the campaign to overturn the Legislature’s decision last year to exempt pork and dairy operations from the state’s corporate farming ban. Supporters of the so-called ham-and-cheese law had […]
Weather Forecasting and Sustainability Intersect On the Farm 15.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With the release of such cultural touchstones as Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and Robert Kenner's Food, Inc., the late-aughts of this century saw interest in food systems make the leap from middle-America ag-extension stations to parental gossip sessions in playgrounds from coast to coast. A keyword search for "sustainable agriculture" on the New York Times' website yields 1,366 results since 2000, covering subtopics that range from locavorism to cover-cropping to Walmart's sourcing practices. In this unlikely intersection of agricultural science and popular culture, certain questions seem to dominate the discussion: Pesticides or no pesticides? Local or organic? USDA-certified or farmer's word? Natural or hormone-free or cage-free or free-range? This is a consumer-oriented discussion, designed to answer the (not-uncomplicated) question of, "What should I buy?" And although media coverage of grower-oriented sustainability metrics does exist, there's one factor that's been largely missing from ...
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National Keep the Hives Alive Tour Brings Urgency to Global Pollinator Decline 14.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Friends of the Earth The Keep the Hives Alive Tour kicks off today to raise awareness about the plight of mass bee die-offs and other pollinators. The tour is organized by beekeepers, farmers, farmworkers, scientists and advocates and will stop in South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina before and during National Pollinator Week, June ...
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